The Research Project

The collaborative research project STADT:up brings together 22 partners, consisting of automobile industry, suppliers, and research institutions. Supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, they have been working on the challenging task of developing continuous automated driving for urban areas and sustainable, intermodal mobility concepts for the city since January 2023. 

Not only are the latest AI-based methods and data-driven models along the entire signal processing chain being researched, but also pioneering interaction concepts for continuous automated driving in the city. Building on this, experienceable driving functions are being developed, which are being tested and demonstrated in challenging inner-city traffic scenarios.

  • Concepts and pilot applications for continuous automated driving in inner-city traffic. The following are being developed:
    • AI-based methods and data-driven models along the entire signal processing chain
    • pioneering interaction concepts
    • driving functions that can be experienced and demonstrated in challenging traffic situations
  • Concepts for sustainable, intermodal mobility in urban areas
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Project Profile


Aptiv Services Deutschland GmbH, AVL Deutschland GmbH, Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt), CARIAD SE, Continental Automotive Technologies GmbH, Continental Autonomous Mobility Germany GmbH, DeepScenario GmbH, DENSO ADAS Engineering Services GmbH, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Ergosign GmbH, gestigon GmbH, HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München, Mercedes-Benz AG, Opel Automobile GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Technische Universität München, Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, 3D Mapping Solutions GmbH

SUPPORTED BY : Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

RESEARCH PROGRAMME : "Neue Fahrzeug- und Systemtechnologien"

BUDGET : ca.  € 62,8 million

TIMELINE : 2023/01/01 – 2025/12/31

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action:

"Climate change, demographic change and attractiveness: Germany's conurbations and urban centres are facing a wide range of challenges today. One of the most complex tasks facing local authorities is to rethink urban mobility. Automation and intelligent networking of public and private transport offer great potential for meeting people's individual mobility needs. As a hub for automotive innovation and engineering excellence, Germany offers excellent conditions for developing the necessary technologies, concepts and applications. The funding of the STADT:up collaborative project within the framework of the "New Vehicle and System Technologies" programme is a sustainable investment in the future in several respects: it not only helps to strengthen our country's top-selling industry - and thus to secure hundreds of thousands of jobs in the long term; at the same time, by supporting this lighthouse project, we are setting an important milestone on the way to safer, more efficient and - as a result - climate-friendly mobility in cities that are worth living in."

»Ernst Stöckl-Pukall, Head of Unit IVA3 Digitalisierung und Industrie 4.0«


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