Many of these accolades are thanks to our partnership with both our customers and with the scientific research community.
Although robots are known mainly in the context of manufacturing industries, automation has long since found its way into software development. This is because recurring, similar programming tasks can be carried out largely automatically with the aid of so-called ‘code generators’. The human software developer thus has his or her head and hands free for the creative aspects of the work. At highQ, we use the Virtual Developer development platform provided by our partner Generative Software, which offers a particularly versatile development environment.
The partially automated mode of operation – also called model-driven software development – brings advantages not just for ourselves, but also for you as a user of our software solutions. This is because development times are significantly shortened, which results not least in cost advantages. At the same time, the risk of errors is significantly reduced by automatic code generation as the automatic programmer does not make careless mistakes. Just as in the development phase, this saves time during implementation and your software is ready for use more quickly. Updates of existing software can also be rapidly and cost-effectively created in this way.
How can road users be motivated to adopt environmentally friendly mobility behaviour? How can they be persuaded to leave their own cars at home more often and travel in a multi-modal manner, e.g. by public transport or car and bike sharing? Research results show that if there is an appropriate transport offer in a conurbation, individual mobility behaviour in terms of transportation mode, route and time can be steered in the desired direction by non-material, monetary and virtual incentives.
In practice, incentives can be implemented in the form of a regional bonus system that is integrated into the road user’s mobility app, such as mytraQ or myQommute. With the incentive tool provided by our partner company Zeitmeilen AG, the user can collect time miles (‘Zeitmeilen’) and later exchange them for discounts such as free tickets, free parking or discounts in regional shops.
In addition, an integrated gamification component allows users to compare themselves with others, which is particularly popular in the corporate environment. When an employee commutes to work in an environmentally friendly manner, other colleagues are ‘provoked’ to do the same. In this way, time mile incentives help to equalise local traffic flows and reduce the CO2 footprint of a community and/or company.
One thing is certain: the future of public transport will be digital and networked. But how the new, smart mobility can be implemented locally depends on individual circumstances: How are the regional transport companies structured, how can public transport networks and other mobility and service providers be integrated as well? The task of our Stuttgart sister company highQ Professional Services GmbH – “highQ PS” for short – is to identify the appropriate concept and the best implementation path. They advise transport companies, associations and municipalities on the subject of networked mobility/smart mobility and suggest which direction the journey could take.
highQ PS’s consulting services include the following in particular:
As pioneers in this field, we have been and continue to be involved in lighthouse projects such as Stuttgart Services/polygo and moveBW. Shortly to go live, the moveBW project is a multimodal mobility platform for the pollution-prone Stuttgart metropolitan area, which should enable commuters to make an easy transition to environmentally friendly modes of transport. With intelligent real-time route recommendations and additional incentive measures, the platform encourages commuters to leave their cars at home more often and use the vehicles of the environmental association to get to their destination without causing or suffering the effects of congestion or pollution.
If you are interested in achieving smarter mobility in your area, our Stuttgart colleague Dr. Andreas Helferich will be pleased to hear from you:
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