Compass highlights of the year 2017

2017 was a tumultuous, very exciting year for us at PTV.

Yes, it’s almost here. New Year’s Eve, that is. Time to reflect on the past 12 months. 2017 was a tumultuous, very exciting year for us at PTV – Porsche SE acquired PTV, we launched our MaaS Accelerator program and opened our Mobility Lab in Karlsruhe. And what happened here on our blog? Check out our selection of Compass Highlights 2017.

January to March

At TRB in January, we launched our new Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Accelerator Program, a complete portfolio of component technologies for planning MaaS operations all the way to operating and managing MaaS in any given city around the world.  Read more.

In February Melbourne launched the world 1st living transport lab. In this project, the University of Melbourne is collaborating with industry leaders from Australia and around the globe to integrate data from VicRoadsPublic Transport Victoria, the cities of Melbourne and Yarra with Traffic updates from the global giant HERE Maps, to deliver insights into traffic planning, pedestrian flows, public transport efficiency and freight movements. PTV is one of the partners. Read more.

How to boost your footprint in China? In March we posed this question to our new Managing Director Oscar Jiang Jing, who has now taken over responsibility for the local subsidiary in Shanghai, China. Read more.

April to June

This year’s international transport logistics trade show with an exhibition area of 115,00 square metres attracted in June more than 2,150 exhibitors and more than 60.000 visitors from all over the world. The German software provider PTV Group presented its wide range of innovative logistics solutions for modern cities. From the first day onwards PTV’s logistics experts were very pleased with the response from the trade visitors, and over the course of the show, the numbers just kept rising and rising. Read more.

In June, Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) announced the acquisition of PTV Group for a purchase price in excess of 300 million euro (see press release). Porsche SE sees great potential for growth in the optimization of the flow of people and goods – and this is precisely where our core competency lies. In our interview, CEO Vincent Kobesen comments on the effects. Read more.

On a really hot day in June, the PTV Group invited people to an event at its headquarters in Karlsruhe that was all about Mobility 4.0. Guests enjoyed a podium discussion with high-quality participants, the opening of the PTV Mobility Lab, as well as insights into the company’s current developments and projects. After that, there was a celebration with cold drinks, delicious street food, and a ten-person salsa band. Read more. 

  • PTV develops a new mobility concept as part of the RegioMOVE project, that started in December in Karlsruhe.

July to September

At World Road Association (WRA), expert teams work together in committees on different subject areas over a period of four years. In 2016, Professor Dr. Christoph Walther, Head of Global Research at PTV Group, was appointed by the World Road Association on the Road Transport System Economics and Social Development Committee upon recommendation of the German Ministry of Transport and Digital infrastructure (BMVI). The committee met at PTV’s head office in Karlsruhe in July, after a kick-off meeting in the autumn of 2016 in London. In our interview, Christoph Walther outlines the work and achievements of the committee. Read more.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here is why PTV Group’s first time around as an exhibitor at New Mobility World – part of the International Motor Show Germany (IAA) 2017 – was a great success and the perfect event to launch PTV MaaS Modeller. Read more. 

The so-called PARK(ing) Day took in September. The mission of this global event is to call attention to the need for more urban open space by temporarily converting parking spaces into parks or other more attractive areas. We took part in this event and converted our visitor’s car park into a café: the PTV PARK(ing)-Café. Read more. 

October to December

In October Mexico suffered from two major earthquakes. On behalf of the Undersecretary of Infrastructure of the Nation, the General Director of the Mexican Institute of Transportation (IMT) contacted Vicente Torres, our managing director in Mexico, and asked for help. Read more.

In December the new RegioMOVE research project was launched in the TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe. As one of the project partners, PTV will model Mobility-as-a-Service offerings, evaluate new operating strategies, such as ride pooling, provide the technology for the multimodal information system and plan the design of novel mobility stations. Read more.