Solutions and technologies for automated driving in town:
an urban mobility project

22 partners
Timeline: January 2023 – December 2025
Budget: €62.8 million

Motivation and objectives

In the STADT:up project, concepts and pilot applications of continuous automated driving in urban areas are being developed that are tailored to user needs. The focus is on the implementation of new, AI-based methods and their demonstration in automated driving systems, especially in complex traffic situations. Special consideration is given to vulnerable road users, complex junctions, automated merging, and obstacle avoidance.


STADT:up aims at integrated, scalable solutions for future urban mobility: The vehicles must be able to safely master also complex inner-city traffic scenarios. The solutions are based on individual mobility cases and show the networking for multi-modal mobility. With regard to realistic perspectives of future urban mobility, suitable future concepts are developed and requirements are derived based on the needs of the users

Research contents

The project considers the entire signal processing chain: perception, fusion, localisation, environment model, prediction, interaction and cooperation up to behaviour and manoeuvre planning. The goals are the perception of dynamic and static environments and the delineation and treatment of fuzziness in these two categories as well as highly available robust and adaptive trajectory planning based on multimodal prediction of all road users. The project also takes a differentiated look at the interaction and communication concepts between users, the vehicle and other road users in automated driving. The situation-dependent adaptivity of operating concepts as well as the situation- and experience-dependent change in user behaviour will be examined.

In addition, concepts and perspectives for future intermodal mobility will be developed, involving all stakeholders: Cities, users, research institutions and the automotive industry. Of central importance is the question of how the mixed traffic of pedestrians, cyclists, privately or jointly used vehicles and public transport will develop in the future. Possible influences such as a strengthening of regionality and the development of local city centres, the change in infrastructure or the changing mobility behaviour of users, e.g. due to home office or a growing awareness of energy and resources, are considered.


20.11.2023 | Sub-project "Human Factors" at the TU Darmstadt

The autumn meeting of the "Human Factors" sub-project took place on November 20th and 21st. More than 30 experts from the automotive industry and research came together to discuss progress and challenges in the field of human factors in automated driving in urban areas. The project partners presented their interim results from the first year of the project; workshops were also held on topics such as teleoperation, emotion recognition and driver readiness.

07.11.2023 | Steering committee at Ergosign in Munich

On November 7, representatives of all 22 STADT:up partners and the programme management organization TÜV Rheinland Consulting met at Ergosign in Munich for the fourth steering committee meeting this year. The focus was on the presentation of the results of the first project milestone "System concepts created" by the five sub-project managers. In addition, the status of the work in the sub-projects and organizational topics were also discussed.

06.11.2023 | Dialogue forum "intermodal urban mobility"

On November 6, 2023, the all-day "Synthesis Workshop" of the sub-project "Perspectives of Urban Mobility" took place at the Technical University of Munich in Garching, bringing STADT:up technology partners and municipal representatives together for a dialogue. During the workshop, experts from STADT:up exchanged views with representatives from local authorities and transport companies on the future role of automated and connected driving in urban traffic.

30.09.2023 | First project milestone achieved

The first project milestone "System concepts created" was achieved on time! In all five sub-projects, the goals set for the first project phase at the beginning of the project were achieved. The task now is to turn the extensive concepts and specifications for all STADT:up research topics into experienceable prototypes in the remaining project period.

17.05.2023 | Expert workshop with technology partners

The workshop at TU Darmstadt aimed to discuss future scenarios for automated and connected driving in the urban environment and to identify information and exchange needs between the technology partners of the STADT:up consortium and the municipalities. The results of the workshop provide a good basis for further work in the "intermodal urban mobility" dialogue forum with the project partners and the cities.

01.03.2023 | Kick Off at Bosch in Renningen

On March 1st and 2nd, around 120 project participants from the 22 partner houses as well as representatives of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the TÜV Rheinland Group meet for a personal exchange at the official kick-off event at the Bosch Research Campus in Renningen.

01.03.2023 | Press Release

Fitting automated mobility into the dynamic system of cities is an extremely challenging task. In a first joint press release on March 1st, the consortium provides information on how STADT:up intends to further advance automated driving in urban areas.

01.01.2023 | Project start

Supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, the 22 renowned partners from industry and research are starting work on the joint project STADT:up. Workshops will be held in the 5 sub-projects over the next few weeks to lay the foundations for the three-year joint research work.