Jay Latta, CEO of STINT, explains why mobility must become an infrastructure service in the future and how mobility and technology are linked in terms of sustainability. In our interview, he tells us why mobility will depend on multimodal solutions in the future.
What will happen if we don’t shift our mobility behaviour?
JL: We will be doomed. When I’ve been born we were „just“ 3.5 billion people on earth. Now we head towards 8 billion. In 2048, about 9 billion people. All these people want to be mobile – it’s a basic need. Currently we have around 1.5 billion cars on this planet. If there is no further change, there will be around 2.1 billion cars in 2050. This will lead to major environmental, infrastructural and resource problems.
You just mentioned environmental, infrastructural and resource problems that we will face in the future due to increasing demand for mobility. What do we have to radically invent, improve or change to realize a turnaround in transport policy?
JL: Our mindset has to change first. Over 70 years of marketing with slogans like „The joy of driving“, “A head start through technology” and “Free ride for free citizens“ became toxic. Automobile manufacturers have to change their business model. They need to adapt on the next generations of customers and employees. Mobility has to become an infrastructure service.
What is the most hyped buzzword in terms of mobility which has in your opinion no impact on the real issues of mobility in your opinion?
JL: In my opinion, it is the term “technology openness”. It should rather be a standardized mobility in niches. Another buzzword without real impact in mobility for me is “Hydrogen”, as there are very few use cases for it. Furthermore, we should not talk about “autonomous driving”, but rather internalize the whole concept of “autonomous mobility”. Mobility needs a multimodal solution – different in the north of the EU in comparison to the south.
If you were able to use only ONE mobility solution for the rest of your life – what vehicle/ mobility solution would you choose?
JL: I would use a Teleporter.
Why is technology fundamentally important to shape the future of mobility?
JL: In the future, technology will be highly interconnected, multimodal and interoperable. Mobility is to be understood as another dimension of technology
Which technology will play a big role – if not the biggest role – in shaping the future of mobility?
JL: I think there are two technologies in particular that stand out: Smartification of environments and swarm intelligence.
In which way will mobility as an infrastructure improve the aspects sustainability and inclusion in terms of mobility?
JL: When mobility becomes infrastructure, then it’s equally accessible to everyone. Renting and sharing infrastructure is an essential part for sustainability. A Circular economy leads to a circular society.