Bio‑Hybrid at 2019 ams congress: we’ve come full circle
Our journey began three years ago. In 2016, at the “auto motor und sport congress” in Stuttgart, we publicly presented the Bio‑Hybrid for the first time. It was a revolutionary idea back then: a prototype consisting of hand-made single components, designed to communicate the idea of a new mobility concept to the world. Now, following three years of hard pioneering, development, and engineering work, we again took part in the event in Stuttgart.
This time, we presented ourselves as the independent Schaeffler Bio‑Hybrid GmbH startup and with a near-production prototype. After CES in Las Vegas in early January, this, in a manner of speaking, marked our successful European premiere and another milestone on the road to industrial-scale production. It also means we’ve come full circle – in terms of the product, as well as emotionally. Presenting our mobility concept at a prestigious event like the ams congress sure had a special ring to it.
The congress, organized by Motor Presse Stuttgart, is a central event that brings together the business and political community, and the media, featuring a mix of product presentations and speeches. Every year, nearly 400 automotive executives and other key people from the mobility business gather here to obtain industry news and to network. This time, the focus topics were connectivity, autonomous driving, and electric mobility.
The speakers were exciting too, such as Chris Urmson from the US, CEO of autonomous driving startup Aurora Innovations and one of the eminent experts in the robotics scene, or Martin Wezowski, chief designer at software giant SAP, a visionary lateral thinker in the field of digital transformation and its consequences. Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche and former Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg were there as well. The latter drove the Schaeffler Mover onto the stage and discussed the transformation of (electric) mobility with Schaeffler’s Chief Technology Officer, Prof. Peter Gutzmer. “We need to step on the gas in Germany,” Gutzmer stressed.
That’s our cue: It’s exactly what we’re doing with electric power – not only but particularly on the so-called last mile. Those were precisely the concepts that were in focus in Stuttgart too: last-mile concepts for the city that frequently is at risk of suffocating in traffic. The Bio‑Hybrid, particularly its Cargo version, is precisely that: a mobility concept also for the last delivery mile in urban areas.
The ams congress showed us once more that the mobility world is turning faster and faster. New concepts are called for, and we’ve got one.