IAMF 2012 – FORUM FOCUSED ON THE MOBILITY OF THE FUTURE
7th- 8th March 2012, during the Geneva International Motor Show
The International Advanced Mobility Forum takes place for the fifth time in 2012 alongside the Geneva International Motor Show in order to create most favourable synergies. The scientific and public forum brings together scientists and key actors from the motor industry to discuss individual mobility today and tomorrow.
The International Advanced Mobility Forum (IAMF) is organized by Palexpo SA in collaboration with the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH – TI) and Dynamic Test Center AG (DTC), the association e’mobile, Gasmobil AG and Euresearch (see Organizing Committee).
The forum is supported by the Competence Center for Energy and Mobility (CCEM) of Paul Scherrer Institut, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Swiss Energy Council, auto-schweiz, FISITA, the Union Pétrolière, the Geneva International Motor Show and other partners (see Advisory Board).
The following key questions will be under discussion at the 5th edition of IAMF:
- Renewable energy
- Design of new drive train systems and vehicle technologies
- Energy Storage solutions on board (batteries, compressed gases and liquid fuels)
- Adoption of new technologies and their implications on safety
- Human behaviour and adaptability to new systems and solutions
Through scientific presentations, discussions and round tables, IAMF's objectives are to:
- Analyse the present situation and future development of technological solutions
- Create the opportunity to exchange information on future mobility and encourage the entry of alternative vehicles into the transportation marketplace
- Enable the audience to discovering existing solutions
The forum will be held on 7th and 8th March 2012 during the Geneva International Motor Show (8th - 18th March 2012).
It will offer an excellent platform to encourage networking among scientists and engineers in order to accelerate the development and research in this field as well as implementing new automotive technologies and fuels.
The Geneva International Motor Show is one of the five “Major” Motor Shows in the world, according to the OICA (International Organisation of Automobile Constructors).
The exhibition is appreciated for its neutrality, visibility, quality and elegance. A few figures from the 2011 edition:
- 260 exhibitors from over 30 countries
- 10’967 representatives from the media, from 82 countries, of which 84,7 % come from countries other than Switzerland
- Approx. 735’000 visitors from around 100 countries
Retrospective of IAMF 2011:
During the 4th edition of IAMF eminent spokespersons from the car industry, electricity & (bio) fuel suppliers, and scientists from high-profile research establishments presented their opinions and research from their particular industry perspective.
The outcome of these discussions was unanimous – the specialists all believe that electrically-powered vehicles will replace their hydrogen-powered counterparts as the passenger vehicles of the future. However both the expectations and the constraints placed upon them are extremely high as, although individual vehicles are ‘cleaner’, there are simply more of them on our roads, and consequently CO2 levels are not falling as desired. A move to electric vehicles would remedy this - be the 100% electric, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid vehicles.
An extremely animated round-table discussion amongst four experts, centred on the impact on the market of CO2 emission controls. The theme of climatic change provides an excellent stimulus for this type of debate, not only motivating the industry to seek new technologies to help solve issues, but also creates new expectations on the part of users. In the 21st Century the customer is particularly aware of his or her ecological footprint, and expects new models to be produced which not only address concerns, but also protect the consumer’s desire for personal autonomy. An individual’s vehicle is the symbol of their freedom of movement, and electric cars will only achieve wide-scale adoption if they are both affordable and offer sufficient travel range autonomy per charge.
The lunch break of the second day provides an ideal opportunity for the public to become acquainted with the very latest research and to discover the latest developments and contributions to the level of knowledge regarding new and innovative technologies.