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Steffen Kaup, born April 10, 1975, is the Head of Transport and Logistics Future Research in Daimler's Corporate Research unit. After studying Electrical Engineering at the Cooperative State University in Stuttgart and Computer Science at Brunel University in London, Steffen Kaup began his engineering career in competitive analysis at what was then Daimler-Benz AG.

After five years he was promoted to Head of Technical Data in Daimler's Truck Development department where he was responsible for weight management and hill-climbing calculations, and the linking of all technical data on the Mercedes-Benz bodybuilder portal. During this time he was also head of a project working on standardizing type testing processes for commercial vehicles in Europe.
In 2011 Steffen Kaup transferred to the Car Electromobility Corporate Strategy department, where he was responsible for the overall design of the electromobility environment. This involved establishing the infrastructure and the charging capabilities for this technology, as well as designing the Mercedes-Benz Electric Vehicle Architecture. Since June 1, 2015 Mr. Kaup has been the head of an international research team exploring new approaches to sustainable transport and efficient logistics for the future.

#newurbanism | connecting the disconnected: uniting populations in a mega-region

Mega-regions are becoming a crucial part of the global economy, spurred by developments in mobility and digital technology that facilitate the movement of goods, people and capital across ever greater distances and bandwidths. As the world continues to shrink, rather than lose significance, the hyperlocal is more meaningful than ever: The interplay between local and global keeps growing. So how do we ensure that access to transport and resources are distributed fairly and equally? And how do we use emerging technology and human ideas to connect disparate people and places, even as the very concept of what constitutes a 'region' shifts?

Watch Clare Jones, CCO of the London-based startup what3 words, Steffen Kaup, working at Next Generation Transport and Logistics at Daimler AG, and Hyperloop One's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Matt Jones in a panel on uniting populations in Mega-Regions and discover how to 'Connect the Disconnected'.

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