Publications - 17.09.2018 - 00:00 

Dossier on "Mobility" in HSG Focus

Under your own steam or with horsepower? By yourself or automated? How will we move about in the future? Our dossier homes in on "Mobility".

17 September 2018. Mobility only becomes an important issue once people become sedentary. Nomadic peoples do not drive to work, nor do they fly to holiday destinations. Conversely, we use buses and trains, bikes and aircraft. We get into cars, boats or spacecraft to move from A to B. More than 130 years after the birth of the modern automobile, vehicles have now become literally "automotive". Bedsides drive technology, we are particularly preoccupied by the question as to the extent of automation with which we – or goods – will be able and willing to move.

Autonomous driving

According to Professor Andreas Herrmann from the ICI-HSG, we are in the middle of the most significant revolution of mobility. For Herrmann, the greatest challenges of autonomous driving are in overcoming our habits rather than in its technical realisation or in legal issues, while Melinda Lohmann, Assistant Professor at the FIR-HSG, is looking into precisely those issues.


Professor Rolf Wüstenhagen (IWÖ-HSG) and Robert Ruttmann (ICI-HSG) discuss the future of e-mobility and its significance in the fight against climate change. The climate-friendly bicycle and the resurgence of bicycle transport in cities are the subjects written about by Prof. Chris Steyaert and Dr. Christoph Michels (OPSY-HSG). They demonstrate that a sustainable bicycle culture is not only good for cities and people’s health, but also economically attractive for employers. Whether we will soon fly with electric power and what the future of Zurich Airport looks like is explained by Dr. Andreas Wittmer (CFAC-HSG) in the video interview.

Commuters and tourists

Professor Christian Laesser (IMP-HSG) sheds light on the origins of travel from a historical perspective, explores the early days of tourism in Switzerland and describes the drawbacks of mass tourism. According to Dr. Roland Scherer (IMP-HSG), full trains and congested roads are also negative aspects of strongly growing mobility, which can be traced back to a growing increase in distance between the place of residence and the workplace.

In the campus part, we inform you about the University’s great projects – from the "yes" to the Joint Medical Master to the planned Platztor campus. Also, we present the new app Art@HSG to you, with which you can go on a treasure hunt and discover more than 50 works of art on the campus – on foot, needless to say.

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