• 09-APR-2018

  • Mexico

  • SOURCE: Allianz SE

Getting Mexico moving: Allianz welcomes panel of mobility experts in Mexico City to see how new technologies can solve Mexico´s legendary traffic problem.

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  • Mobility experts gathered in Mexico City as part of the Allianz Global Explorer Program
  • Rasmus Nutzhorn, founder of human&kind was joined by local mobility experts to discuss the potential of new technologies in solving Mexico´s traffic problem
  • Panel zoomed in on the possibilities of technology, changing culture and supporting institutions to better people´s lives  
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On March 1, Allianz hosted the Explorer Micro-Conference in Mexico City. A panel of mobility experts and entrepreneurs discussed the role of new technology and sustainable innovations to transform urban mobility in Mexico City. The panel, comprised of Xavier Treviño, CEO and founder of Centrico, Eugenio Riveroll, CEO and Co-founder of Sin Tráfico, Ricardo Weder, Global President of Cabify and Luis Bosch, CEO of Allianz Partners Mexico, agreed that while the city´s mobility offers had already transformed significantly over the past decade, the focus on individual car transport at public and private level still posed a fundamental and growing problem. 
 
Riveroll and Treviño proposed that it is less the technology but its lack of implementation that slows down progress.  Riveroll, whose Sin Tráfico is a technology startup that uses big data and mobility analytics for private and public sector challenges, says “we are still making decisions today with very old data, but the data is out there, we could be making better decisions”.    
 
Treviño, an expert in planning and design of sustainable urban mobility projects observed that “we put a lot of resources into developing technology but we don´t put a lot of resources into how to use it”. Treviño sees alternatives in local and society-based approaches even more than in technology itself: “Here, we have strong empathy and strong social networks and we should use our advantages and (..) not copy solutions from other cities”. 
 
Weder and Bosch both emphasized that a culture shift, awareness and education will help the current road situation but it will ultimately take less cars on the road to significantly alleviate of the problem.  Cabify, of which Weder is Global President, offers vehicles for hire and is part of the rapidly expanding sharing economy in Mexico and Latin America. Effectively, the company works to “reduce the need to own and buy a car”, Weder states. 
 
Luis Bosch of Allianz Partners described that among the many problems created by lengthy commutes on an individual level, “on a company level, lengthy commutes account for attrition and jeopardize business continuity”. Bosch has introduced models that eliminate the need to commute altogether as the company counts 20% of call center employees working from home. Weder and Bosch discuss the option of creating Cabify flat rates for employees instead of offering company cars.
 
While the details of their solutions differed, all panelist and moderator Rasmus Nutzhorn agreed that the epic traffic problem has detrimental effects on the environment and road safety and that health and economic growth can only be properly addressed through collaboration between the public and private sector, individuals and groups.

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