The Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation inaugurates the first Competence Center for 3D Transportation

Michio Kaku, a physicist and one of the world’s leading experts in future technologies, believes that “there is only one option capable of adequately responding to the relentless increase in urban traffic: the ability to move goods and people in three dimensions“. For easily understandable reasons, the mobility of tomorrow is at the center of social, economic, and scientific debate. The developments in this area will play a significant part in our future as active participants within urban environments.

At the present moment, there is at least one single forecast that all industry analysts agree on. The next transportation revolution will be disruptive and will involve two main players: autonomous driving systems for cars and advanced drones for the safe transport of goods and people. Making the sky space for sustainable transportation is supported by solutions that are already mature enough to be tested, such as Huawei’s Xlabs drones or the Drone Taxi Service, an electric, autonomous Volocopter ready to transport two passengers in the skies of Dubai within a few years.

The vast and cross-sectoral field of 3D transportation, which leverages technological innovation to serve new mobility, offers comprehensive benefits. Despite futuristic technologies already being mature enough for large-scale testing what is lacking is primarily a comprehensive strategic vision that acts on the infrastructural level, even with a smart city perspective.

This ambitious challenge, essential for a sustainable transition, requires a multidisciplinary vision capable of bringing together actors united by the same mission, with all the charm of a future that must be reimagined from scratch. It is therefore not surprising that the desire to pool resources and create opportunities in the field of 3D transportation, promoting shared synergy, has given rise to a new international center of expertise.

Founded in Switzerland by the Swiss Institute for Disruptive Innovation (SIDI), the Center of Competence for 3D Transportation (CC3DT) is an international organization active in research and development, focusing on innovative transportation solutions for the future, to promote the development and adoption of high-potential transportation solutions. The goal is to approach the next transportation revolution, already a market megatrend today, by building selected networks of mobility stakeholders, actively influencing the shape of urban infrastructure and transportation, and ultimately being a 360-degree reference point.


At the core of the activities organized by the Center, which positions itself as a research and dissemination institute, there will be support for public entities in evaluating disruptive transportation projects, assistance in legislation related to the future of mobility, and the ability to provide a highly qualified vision on how to guide investments. The correct use of financial resources will make the difference, considering the extraordinary potential at the supply chain level for companies operating in the transportation sector; an aspect even more interesting when placed in a broader perspective.

The new paradigms of mobility to be redesigned find their natural place within the concept of a smart city. According to the vision expressed by the European Commission, smart cities will need to have intelligent urban transport networks, capable of combining daily needs with all the innovations of smart mobility. This includes, above all, the space sector, one of the segments that is attracting the most industries and investors overall.

With a total estimated value of $6 trillion by 2030, the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) market in urban settings aims to facilitate the movement of goods and people by taking advantage of the sky in an optimized manner, reducing ground travel through vertical take-off vehicles and intelligent air traffic management systems.

For such a disruptive innovation to be applicable quickly within cities, a concerted effort is needed to bring together interconnected infrastructure networks and cost-effective, sustainable, low-impact, and functional modes of transportation in densely populated settings.

Achieving this result is difficult, as perceived by the Competence Center for 3D Transportation, without the collaboration of a network with multidisciplinary skills capable of involving key players in the sector, bringing together different industries, disciplines, and public administrations, and thus generating a shared understanding.

A frame from the webinar

Drawing on its experience with research on 3D transportation technologies the Center recently organized a webinar focused on the future of transportation in an increasingly interconnected society. The event saw the participation of industry experts and generated significant interest, thanks to the involvement of authoritative speakers such as SIDI Director Pietro Veragouth, CC3DT Director Marco Zerauscheck, Sam Baker, managing partner of Mobility Found, and Bernard Soriano, Deputy Chief of the California Department of Vehicles, with legislative experience in the field of autonomous vehicles.

These efforts demonstrate the growing collaboration and dedication to finding innovative and sustainable solutions for the future of transportation. By bringing together experts from various fields, industries, and public administrations, the Competence Center for 3D Transportation aims to foster a shared understanding and advance the development of technologies and strategies that will shape the way we move within urban environments. In doing so, they are actively working to create a more efficient, environmentally friendly, and interconnected future for all.

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