Smart City study: car2go cities lead ranking

February 04, 2019 - Smart mobility, a digital infrastructure and much more. A recent study by management consultancy Haselhorst Associates shows in its Digital City Ranking 2018 that German cities and municipalities still have a lot of work ahead of them. Nevertheless, there are successful examples, supported by the offerings of Daimler Financial Services AG, which show that digitization and mobility only require courage and the right partner.

As early as 2017, the City of Hamburg and Daimler Financial Services formed a close partnership to lead the hanseatic city into the future in the fields of urban transport and individual mobility. The Digital City Ranking 2018 shows that this partnership is now paying off thanks to offers such as car2go and moovel. .

The study by Haselhorst Associates examined 394 German cities in the field of digitization as within the context of the Smart City concept. For the ranking, the management consultants examined the cities in seven categories* - including the field of "Smart Mobility", which includes topics such as intelligent traffic management, Car-Sharing, charging infrastructure for e-mobility and smart mobility networks.

The top 10 cities in the field of "Smart Mobility"*

  • 1. Wolfsburg
  • 2. Düsseldorf
  • 3. Cologne
  • 4. Frankfurt am Main
  • 5. Berlin
  • 6. Hannover
  • 7. Munich
  • 8. Leipzig
  • 9. Hamburg
  • 10. Essen

*according to Haselhorst Associates

Smart City: car2go cities with top positions

According to the Germany-wide study, Hamburg is the leader in the Smart City ranking. As the overall runner-up, the car2go city of Cologne even ranks first in the smart city segment "Smart Mobility". The other German car2go cities, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart also achieve top positions in the "Smart Mobility" segment.

According to the study, despite these positive examples, the digital transformation of cities does not go far enough: "In many municipalities, the topic of Smart City is currently seen less as a future trend than as a marketing measure," criticizes Arno Haselhorst, head of Haselhorst Associates, in the Wirtschaftswoche. The main reasons: Cities shy away from the high costs of transforming their infrastructure and, according to the experts, show too little foresight for technological trends.

Urban Mobility Team supports cities and municipalities

Daimler Financial Services invests in digital and connected mobility services as well as in individual, forward-looking forms of mobility and is therefore the ideal partner to support cities in the areas of "Smart Mobility". It is our purpose, with our holistic mobility eco-system, to be able to respond optimally to the individual needs of an urban society.

Our Urban Mobility Team serves as a direct contact in this regard. This enables us to provide comprehensive support to interested parties and customers and to work with them to develop an individual smart city concept, adapted to the challenges of individual cities and municipalities.

*Digital infrastructure (fibre optic expansion), Smart Energy (intelligent electricity, gas and water networks), Smart Mobility (intelligent traffic control and mobility concepts), Smart Home & Security (intelligent monitoring and security systems), Smart Health (digital health care), Smart Government (digital citizens' office) and Smart Education (digital classrooms and teaching tools).

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