TÜV Study The Future of Mobility
A private car is more important than a bike and a bus
In the TÜV study, citizens state their desires and goals regarding personal mobility. Many of the results were surprising and different from political demands, especially when it comes to public transportation and electric cars.
If you believe the statements of senior politicians and the media, the average German yearns for a future of mobility in which electric cars are shared, inner-city traffic is managed by bicycles and public transport, and car ownership is abolished. The truth, as a new study by the TÜV Association suggests, seems considerably more realistic. Because the vast majority of citizens, even in large cities, use their own cars every day and do not want to do without this means of transportation in the future either. These and other findings from the TÜV study paint a mixed picture of road users, which should also be discussed in policy.
Almost half of them consider public transportation to be unsafe
A group of 1,000 people aged between 16 and 75 years from all federal states, representing a representative segment of the population residing in Germany, were interviewed for the study. In doing so, some developments from previous years have also been taken into account, which also make you stand up and take notice. For example, regarding local public transportation, which in 2022 only 25 percent of those surveyed would use it on a working day, it was 32 percent in 2020. What should give officials something to think about: only 55 percent of Those surveyed feel safe on public transport, which is primarily due to fear of inconvenience or health risks.
On the other hand, 87% rated their cars as particularly safe. 72 percent of those surveyed use their own cars every work day, compared to 65 percent two years ago. The number of daily walks has also decreased, while bicycles, scooters and motorbikes have become increasingly popular as means of transportation in the past couple of years. Also important: only twelve percent of households do not have their own cars, and in households with two adults the figure is only six percent.
Only 10 percent definitely want to buy an electric car
The discrepancy between desire and reality is also evident in the surveyed population. Because while the clear majority don’t want to do without their own car, don’t give environmental protection a very important role in their commuting decisions and want to decide against an electric model the next time they buy a car, general environmental measures are certainly supported. Fifty-six percent would like commuting requirements to be fully covered by public transport, even 70 percent call for expanding bicycle traffic infrastructure and at least half see air pollution as the biggest problem caused by road traffic.
Most don’t want a self-driving car
The study also inquired about assistance systems. Surprisingly, only 34 percent of those surveyed had experience with systems such as emergency braking or lane departure warning in their cars. And only 24 percent can imagine handing control of the steering wheel of their own car for autonomous driving functions in the future.
TÜV Security: More Tests
Of course, what should not be missing from the TÜV study is a little pressure on your behalf. Consequently, the study authors found that 60 percent of those surveyed would like assistance systems to be included in the scope of the major biennial inspection test. In addition, up to 74 percent of respondents are in favor of expanding the scope of the main inspection and carrying it out not just every two years, but “as needed.” TÜV also took the opportunity to obtain a test order for the digital grid traffic infrastructure from 70 percent of those surveyed and also demanded full access to all traffic data stored in the vehicle.
In the photo gallery, we show you the most important results of the study in detail.
Yes, now is the time
No, nothing for me
Environmental protection and traffic diversion, please, but not for me: The results of the TÜV study on mobility can be divided into this conclusion. For the vast majority of Germans, there is no substitute for owning their own cars. The coronavirus pandemic has also brought about major shifts toward private transportation and away from public transportation. What politicians and transport companies should think: Half of the population does not feel safe on local public transport, a shocking result.
TÜV was expected to use the commissioned study to promote the expansion of its own business. Interestingly, however, the study authors also advocate changes to the law. For example, the testing institution would like access to the navigation data stored in the car, an extension of the main car inspection and also a lowering of the alcohol limit in connection with the mandatory psychiatric examination (MPU), which of course has also been implemented by the TÜV organizations. The study authors also want to extend the driver’s license tests.