Towards the future of mobility: The Mobility Quotient.

It used to be intelligence; and then it was empathy. Now our most important characteristic is flexibility.
We have to adapt more and more quickly to changes and use them to our advantage.
We always have to consider one question: How efficiently do I move through space, time and society?

We want to find answers. With questions that move us forward.
Thus, we explore flexibility and try to measure mobility.

Our goal? To define, and over the long term; establish a mobility quotient, an MQ, as a scientifically based standard for shaping the mobility of an organization or individual. Thus, the MQ determines the level of flexibility of a person or an organization in the dimensions of space, time, sustainability and society.

To reach this goal, we gathered the right people to work with us in 2017 at a rather unusual event:
The MQ!: The Mobility Quotient. The Innovation Summit run by Audi took place for the first time in September of 2017.

This year we will continue to write the MQ! story. With smaller MQ! Hubs in the pipeline and an MQ! Innovation Summit scheduled for fall this year, we will get down to these questions.

Spatial Mobility

Where do the limits lie for mobility in a multi-dimensional world? Spatial mobility does not only mean the movement of people, material or immaterial goods or information from one place to another. It also includes all things pertaining to mobility, such as preceding, accompanying or following the movement up to a protagonist’s strategy and the virtuality of mobility.

Social Mobility

Which factors influence the mobility within social structures? Social mobility is defined as the movement in between different socio-economic positions; both vertically in terms of a social climb or decline, and horizontally like in a career change. It’s an essential factor of participation in social and cultural life. It is influenced by factors from the permeability of organizations, collaboration and work models, to support programs and financial systems.

Temporal Mobility

To which extent can mobility be temporally independent? Temporal mobility is understood as the chronologically flexible availability of persons, goods, or information. As a specific form, E-mobility means the chronologically (and spatially) independent execution of processes via the internet. It influences all areas of modern life in terms of services and gadgets, which again have an impact on our motion patterns.

Sustainable Mobility

How can mobility become as gentle on resources as possible? Sustainability is a guiding principle for the usage of natural resources, focused on the conservation of defining characteristics, the stability, and the respective system’s natural ability to regenerate. Therefore, sustainable mobility includes all aspects of movements which contribute to a system’s preservation.

Are there more dimensions that influence a Mobility Quotient?
We keep on searching – with forward-thinking, like-minded people who #neverstopquestioning.

The first MQ! Innovation Summit

With the first MQ! Innovation Summit 2017 we started a platform that linked technology, science, culture, commerce, politics, and society. We got the right people to work with us. All the digital experts interested in helping to shape the future of mobility.

International speakers addressed various aspects of future mobility. Plus workspaces led by specialists on spatial, temporal, and social mobility and sustainability brought us a little closer to the development of a scientific formula that leads to the MQ.

On the 7th of September we enjoyed mind-expanding keynotes and talks followed by a relaxed get together and decent party. On the 8th of September we got to work and attended up to three of our 12 workspaces filled with insight and learning before the final wrap-up keynote speech.

The 2017 MQ! Innovation Summit took place in the heart of German engineering, at Audi in Ingolstadt. Right next to the plants where Vorsprung durch Technik comes to life.

Curious about what happened at the first MQ!?

Check out the highlights and see how we started off with inspiring talks, had a great party at the end of day one and got to work ourselves on day two – all with the goal of defining a mobility quotient.