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The ika-Meetups are all about shaping the mobility of the future. The three main topics Automated Driving, E-Mobility, HMI & User Experience summarise the pillars of future mobility and address still open questions in these research areas.

Like the role models in Silicon Valley, the ika-Meetups are also characterised by a relaxed atmosphere. Normally, there is lively discussion and personal networking over snacks and drinks after the respective presentation at the face-to-face events. Of course, during the Corona Pandemic, the lectures are held online in digital meetings. Nevertheless, afterwards there still is time  to ask questions and to discuss the topic with the speaker and audience

Our speakers are proven experts from research and industry who present current research and development topics. The lectures are explicitly not purely scientific presentations, but focus on both technical solutions and practical applications.

The target group includes, in addition to automotive professionals (engineering colleagues and scientific and technical staff), of course students and, more generally, anyone who is enthusiastic about the subject.

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Thanks to the sponsorship by fka GmbH, admission and snacks and drinks are free of charge at the face-to-face events.

The next ika-Meetup will be held on Thursday, August 26!

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Our Meetup series for interested parties presents and discusses current, practice-relevant research topics in the field of future mobility.

Urban logistics rethought with partially automated light electric vehicles.

Dr. Kai D. Kreisköther (DroidDrive GmbH)

Cities are facing massive road infrastructure congestion. Today, last-mile logistics is carried out by conventional delivery trucks. These delivery trucks consume a large part of the urban infrastructure and have difficulty finding parking at their destination. This leads to long walking distances, poor human work ergonomics, and non-value-added process time. While the first part of the logistics chain is highly automated and very efficient, last mile logistics is still highly manual and full of interruptions, and also very costly (more than 50% of total delivery costs).
In addition, most cities already restrict delivery trucks from entering the city, which is a reason for logistics companies to bring delivery to the city by bike. But cargo bikes are limited in payload, leading to inefficient processes.

Ducktrain is an automated electric light vehicle system for sustainable and highly efficient urban last-mile logistics with a step-by-step go-to-road strategy: from semi-automated follow-me to automated driving. Ducktrain is an innovative vehicle system complementary to cargo bikes that can play an important role in the broad rollout of bicycle and LEV-based urban logistics.

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Dr. Kai D. Kreisköther

  • 2011-2019: Establishment of the RWTH Chair for Electromobility (PEM), last position there as Managing Senior Engineer.
  • 2014-2019: Responsible for the Digital Drive division (including electric drive and automation) at PEM Motion GmbH. Research and development projects with international automotive and logistics companies.
  • Since 2019: Co-Founder and CEO of DroidDrive GmbH.

The event starts at 18:00 hrs, the talk will be held in German.
Registration is requested.

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