What do a small drone and a huge (autonomous) truck have in common? They are both means of transport of the future. But is it possible the future’s already here? Transport is an exceedingly quickly developing sector that moreover incorporates state-of-the-art technologies. You don’t need much to open your mind. What if we looked at the development of transport and predicted its future?

Open Minds' Debate to nie tylko debata o nowoczesnych środkach i metodach transportu. To przede wszystkim spotkanie, które ma na celu otworzyć nasze umysły na to, co przyniesie przyszłość. Naziemny transport towaru z portu w Gdyni do magazynu w Krakowie w pół godziny? Kto wie! Dziś coraz rzadziej potrzebujemy umiejętności poprawnego parkowania. Samochody potrafią już to za nas. Wystarczy uruchomić aplikację w telefonie.

The Open Minds Debate is more than just a discussion of modern means and methods of transport. It is primarily a meeting intended to open our minds to what the future may hold. Ground transport of goods from the seaport in Gdynia to a warehouse in Krakow in 30 minutes? Who knows? Nowadays, we less and less often need the skill of perfect parking: cars can do it for us. It’s enough to launch an app on your smartphone.

The conference will be led by Radosław Brzózka. A journalist involved in popular science, author of “Jak to działa?” (“How it works?” available on TVP, Discovery Channel). Enthusiast of the potential of the human brain and everything related to the world of science. He uses plain language and objects of everyday use to explain the laws of physics that govern the world around us and explains that a career in science can be highly interesting. Passionate about paragliding, which is why he spends all of his free time watching the world from above. An active programmer, he constantly researches the opportunities that information technology provides.



Registration. Morning coffee.

Welcome session. FM Logistic presentation.

Patrick Bellart
Technological Innovation & Automation Director, FM logistic Corporate


Panel I: Transport of the future. Tomorrow is today. Truck platooning. Drones.

Truck platooning

Łukasz Bąk
Product Manager at Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Fully integrated HGV platoons. Since January this year, autonomous trucks can be found on the streets of Singapore as part of a pilot project. Testing will continue for three years. Advantages: lead vehicle fuel consumption reduced by up to 5%, and in all following vehicles by up to 10%; improved traffic flow and fewer queues along transport routes; improved safety thanks to autonomous vehicles reacting 25 times faster than human drivers when a vehicle in front brakes. This also solves the problem of a lack of truck drivers, above all in Europe. Scania, Toyota, Mercedes, Volvo, DAF, Iveco and MAN are already working on autonomous transport of heavy goods vehicles. The world’s first cross-border truck platooning initiative was set up in 2016.


Antoine Level
CEO, Squadrone, drone producer

Drones. An ever more popular means of transport worldwide. Drones – flying delivery (goods transport), sky taxis (passenger transport), airborne food to-order (catering) and flying defibrillators (medical emergency and rescue services). This panel will discuss issues connected to the future of Drones (technology: payload, distance) as well as legal rules regulating their use. What are the main problems that have to be solved in future (e.g. restricted use in densely populated/residential areas and areas controlled by airports). Is it hard to convince clients to use drones as a means of transport for their goods? How many companies in the world are seriously involved in the commercial use of drones in logistics? Are they an ideal, civilian and safe means of transport or merely tools to be used within the arms industry?


Panel II: Transport of the future. Are we in for a transport revolution in the 21st century?


Paweł Radziszewski
CTO HyperPoland

Łukasz Mielczarek
Technical Director for Infrastructure

Hyperloop combines rail transport with aircraft in a single sustainable transport concept. It allows for the transport of people and loads at very high speeds. This form of transport makes use of magnetic levitation and air-bearing suspension while speeds verge on that of sound. A capsule (pod) moves along a tube in which pressure has been reduced to as low as at an altitude of 10 km in order to reduce air resistance. The vehicle does not touch the ground while traveling. Hyperloop is not science-fiction. Fast transport of goods and people is currently a necessity, which results in increased individualisation of transport modes for people and goods. Within a decade, Hyperloop will provide us with the commodity we desire most today: time. A trip from Gdańsk to Zakopane will take 43 minutes (to Krakow - 35 minutes), and travelling from Wrocław to Warsaw will take 23 minutes. This transport revolution can start in Poland. The Hyper Poland University Team (combining the forces of the Wrocław and Warsaw universities of technology) has made its way to the final round of the 2nd SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.

Futuristic transport in Rzeszów

Professor Włodzimierz Choromański
PRT Project Manager

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is a system for automated transport of people that combines elements of both individual and public transport. PRT podcars are designed to carry from 3 to 5 people and move along designated guideways, usually suspended from 5 to 7m above the ground. A characteristic feature of this form of transport is “point-to-point” or “door-to-door” travel, which means that the route to the destination does not involve any intermediate stops. People are transported in a fully automatic way: after the passenger has chosen the destination, the vehicle itself chooses the optimum route, avoids collisions with other pods and reacts to emergency situations. The public transport of the future will appear in Poland within the next five years and will, moreover, be offered not only for passengers but also for goods.



Panel III: Big data. The best method for forecasting the future is to create it.

Professor Piotr Płoszajski
Warsaw School of Economics

Can the future be predicted with the use today’s technologies? Contemporary supercomputers that make use of advanced mathematical models can forecast weather, share prices at stock exchanges and even traffic jams. This kind of functionality is a direct reference to logistics. The panel includes a presentation of interesting examples of the application of big data and data mining in anticipating future events and their management. Analysed data, i.e. information, make it possible to draw conclusions about various areas of organisational activity, including logistics - from operations to strategy. Never before has there been such a capacity to describe reality in an analytical, quick and relatively simple way, resorting to large data collections on a scale greater than that of a business or region.

Informal discussion


Łukasz Bąk

A graduate of transportation at Warsaw University of Technology. Affiliated with Mercedes since 2011. Product Manager for Mercedes Benz Trucks since 2014.

Antoine Level

Antoine Level. CEO and co-founder of Squadrone System – a French company incorporated in 2014.

Paweł Radziszewski

Aviation engineer. Participant and coordinator of multiple scientific and research grants in the field of autonomous aviation systems and automotive projects.

Łukasz Mielczarek

A graduate of the Łódź University of Technology and construction engineer by education, Mielczarek is a professional bridge designer.

Professor Włodzimierz Choromański

Head of the Department of Information Technology and Mechatronics in Transport at the Warsaw University of Technology. Actively involved for several years in Automated Transit Systems,


Patrick Bellart

Patrick Bellart, Corporate Technological Innovation and Automation at FM Logistic. Responsible for finding and implementing innovative business-friendly solutions.

Professor Piotr Płoszajski

Head of the Management Theories Faculty and co-founder of the Digital University at the Warsaw School of Economics. Founder and Head of the Council of the Polish-Japanese Management Centre at the Warsaw School of Economics.


Venue: Centrum Nauki Kopernik / Copernicus Science Centre, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, Warsaw, Poland.

Entrance: Centrum Konferencyjne Kopernik / Copernicus Conference Centre (conference hall on the first floor)

Underground access: Centrum Nauki Kopernik underground station

Car access: You can leave your car in the paid car parking area around the Copernicus Science Centre (8am–6pm, Monday to Friday). Oppositee the centre is the street Ul. Leszczyńska, which is outside the municipal zone, with fees collected 7 days a week. The Centre’s car park operates 7am–9pm with a price of PLN 5 per hour.