No traffic jams, no waiting times, easily getting from A to B - mobility and city life will experience a great revolution in the not too far future. We explain how the products and services offered by Daimler Financial Services play a central role and how life in a Smart City could look like.
Tom is late. He told his smart speaker four times to let him sleep another five minutes. The fifth time, the speaker has no mercy and automatically raises the blinds. The web radio is already playing in the bathroom. Tom takes a shower and listens to the most important news of the day - no reports of traffic jams or accidents.
While Tom drinks his morning coffee, he opens his car2go app. Normally he prefers to drive through the city with a smart EQ fortwo (combined power consumption: 13.1 - 12.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)*, but tonight he's going on a surf trip to Portugal, which is why he needs a bigger car for his luggage. He selects a Mercedes-Benz EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures)*, puts on his shoes and the desired vehicle is parked on-demand in front of Tom's house, who doesn't know that the car was still on the other side of town 20 minutes ago.
Smart City: Fast and flexible
It is a clever algorithm that anticipates where and when a vehicle is needed, ensuring that any customer can be mobile at any time. In addition, the algorithm prevents Tom from wasting unnecessary time on the road. The system detects where potential traffic problems lurk and effectively navigates the vehicle through the city.
Tom is now sitting in the car, going through his mails, taking notes and making his first call of the day. The car steers completely automated through the traffic. From time to time Tom looks out of the window and watches the city slowly wake up. A group of schoolchildren wave from a Mercedes-Benz Citaro E-CELL.
With moovel it's easy to move from A to B
There's a lot to do in the office. Tom works through the last tasks before starting his vacation. Then he remembers that he forgot to book his train ticket to the airport. The airport is two hours away. That's why Tom conveniently searches for the best way to get from A to B as cheaply and as quickly as possible. No problem with moovel. After just a few clicks, the ticket is on his smartphone.
In the afternoon, Tom's boss calls a meeting in an external conference room. The appointment is saved in the calendar and the bus of the company fleet is booked automatically. Tom and his colleagues are picked up by an automated minibus at the main office entrance. The group heads for their destination. A presentation can easily be discussed on the way. At the same time, the system notices that the starting point for Tom's journey is likely to change.
Mobility changes city life
After work another car2go is waiting for Tom. It is charging the batteries at a charging station. Tom sets off and drives his way through the after-work traffic, which looks almost the same as the traffic on a Sunday afternoon. Relaxed faces in the cars driving around. The last honking Tom can remember was at his sister's wedding - two years ago.
Tom listens to his evening music playlist, which he started with the car's language assistant, and observes the hustle and bustle of the city. In recent years, numerous green and residential areas have been created, parking lots and car parks have been dismantled, and large traffic roads hardly need traffic lights or signs to guide them.
About two and a half hours later Tom is on a plane to Lisbon. His friends, who are flying from England, are also on their way. Tom checks some hotels and hostels via App. Tom and his friends want to go to the coast together tomorrow. How, when or where exactly? Nobody really knows, but the answer is just a few clicks away with the offers by Daimler Financial Services.
We clearly focus on our users and the topic of customer experience. Our goal is not just to offer future-oriented transport options, but to offer mobility solutions that are individually designed for each customer. To ensure this, we are working on creating a holistic mobility eco-system.