Breaking new ground

The mobility of the future is set to be low-emission and low-carbon. Digitalization is playing a key role in this area, as many innovations are unthinkable without it – from park-and-ride apps, car or ride sharing, renting bicycles or e-scooters, and charging stations for electric cars, right through to pioneering future concepts such as autonomous driving.


SDG 13 - CLIMATE PROTECTION

Our measures support the 13th goal of the United Nations Agenda 2030.

From science fiction to reality

Self-driving cars were still confined to science fiction movies just a few years ago. Since then, the first partly automated vehicles have already made it onto our roads. And even fully autonomous driving img is no longer a distant concept. What does all this have to do with sustainable mobility? Thanks to autonomous vehicles, our roads could become safer, and driving could become more relaxed. This would make it easier for people with certain impairments to get out and about. More efficient driving also protects the climate.

Fast, secure, and reliable communication networks are the basis for this. For navigation, a vehicle needs a constant stream of data updates, such as detailed road maps. Added to this are updates for unforeseen traffic situations, including traffic jams, rain, and black ice. The current LTE network img is already well placed to meet these requirements. However, the new 5G mobile standard offers even more options. By 2025, we plan to add all key traffic routes such as highways, federal roads, and railroads to the 5G img network in Germany. An initial test route for autonomous driving img has been set up in Berlin and we’re involved in the project.

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The future of mobility is intelligent and networked. We at Deutsche Telekom will be playing our part in this process. Tim Höttges, Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Telekom AG

Leave the car at home

Each mile not traveled reduces CO2, particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides. Digitalization is playing a role in this. Video conferences can replace travel to a business meeting, for example. Ride sharing organized using an app lowers traffic volumes, and employees with long commutes are pleased to be able to work from home via the internet several days a week.

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Electric cars can be charged in 10 minutes for a range of around 100 kilometers at a Comfort Charge rapid charging station.

Switch to alternatives

According to the KBA (Federal Motor Transport Authority), there were over 300 000 electric cars on German roads at the end of 2021. Given the more than 48 million cars registered in total in Germany, e-mobility is still a small niche. To help the technology make its breakthrough, charging needs to be made as easy as possible, among other things. That’s why we’re building a network of charging stations with our company Comfort Charge. We’re using our existing infrastructure to do this. Vehicle batteries are charged with a capacity of up to 150 kW at the rapid charging stations, meaning that it takes just 10 minutes to give cars a top-up charge to travel a further 100 kilometers. Comfort Charge currently has one of the largest networks of rapid charging stations of this kind in Germany. In collaboration with partners, we are driving forward the expansion of wall-mounted charging stations for companies and private customers.

Thanks to autonomous vehicles, our roads could become safer, and driving could become more relaxed. This would make it easier for people with certain impairments to get out and about.

Accident-free driving

The Digital Guardian Angel app developed by Continental and Deutsche Telekom is a collision warning system for particularly vulnerable road users. The system is based on satellite positioning, accelerometers, mobile communications, and edge cloud computing – a spatially distributed cloud infrastructure integrated into Deutsche Telekom’s mobile communications network. Here’s how it works: A car transmits its position and acceleration values to the edge cloud via mobile communications. A cyclist sends the same information via smartphone or a connected bike computer. The edge cloud calculates the two paths for the next five seconds and sends a warning to both the car and the cyclist’s device if a collision is imminent. In 2021, the Digital Guardian Angel app won the Connected Car Award in the Safety category.


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We have cut our fleet’s CO2 emissions by over 65 percent since 2008.

What we’re doing at the company

With an average of around 18 600 cars, Deutsche Telekom has one of Germany’s largest vehicle fleets. This number is falling, as modern technology means we make fewer on-site maintenance visits to our customers, so our fleet has been getting steadily smaller for years. We’re also using more efficient vehicles and are increasingly opting for alternative drive systems such as electric and natural gas. This approach has enabled us to cut our fleet’s CO2 emissions by some 65 percent since 2008.

Our vision is to bring about sustainable and guaranteed mobility for all employees in the Group. One of the cornerstones in achieving this vision is the intelligent networking of existing and new mobility options. Starting in spring 2022, we will therefore be testing a digital platform that we developed to combine public and in-house transportation – such as our shuttle bus and rental bicycles – for employees commuting between home and the workplace (Mobility as a Service) img.

Our Green Car Policy img also creates incentives for company car drivers to increasingly select smaller, electric, or more efficient non-electric vehicles. In addition, we enable our employees to leave their cars at home as much as possible – for example, with discount season tickets for public transportation or a salary sacrifice scheme for bicycles img.

Last but not least, the increase in working from home is also helping cut CO2 emissions, as it eliminates traveling to work completely. A large number of staff throughout the Group worked from home during the coronavirus pandemic. In the future, too, we will be enabling our employees to work from home.

The new normal

The coronavirus pandemic has acted as a catalyst for working from home, and Deutsche Telekom is no exception. It has also shown that real-life encounters are a crucial part of our working lives. In the future, we will combine the best of both worlds – a mix of mobile and on-site working. However, the proportion of mobile working is set to be much higher than before the pandemic. In addition, business trips will only take place if face-to-face interaction is really necessary. As a result, we will be able to save both travel time and money while also making an important contribution toward protecting the environment.

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