Prospects of Urban Mobility

The search for future-proof transport concepts is in full swing in many cities – a process in which a wide range of stakeholders are involved: from cities and municipalities and their citizens to research institutions and the automotive industry. Their ideas and needs are initially collected as part of various participatory dialogue formats, such as bilateral expert interviews and co-creative workshops. Based on the insights gained, the researchers will develop a digital twin of urban mobility – i.e. a digital image of different players in selected transport and mobility scenarios. On the one hand, this will depict the enormous diversity of actors (people on foot, on bikes or in their own cars, but also robo-taxis, public buses, etc.). The researchers also expect the intensive participation formats to reflect the rapidly changing reality of life in the urban population – including the increasing awareness of sustainability, the desire for a better quality of life and the trend towards working from home.

Main Topics

 Dialogue forum: intermodal urban mobility

  • Alignment of the industry's development goals with the municipalities' strategic plans for automated and connected driving
  • Survey of cities and municipalities – both with and without experience of automated driving – on the mobility needs of their citizens
  • Identification of possible synergies between industry and municipalities that can promote more efficient and lower-emission urban mobility in the future through the use of automated and connected vehicles

 Digital twin "urban mobility"

  • Development of a digital twin to map the interdependencies of urban mobility
  • Integration of intermodal travel chains (including passenger and vehicle trajectories) into the digital twin to provide reliable real-time information
  • Digital mapping of travellers (e.g. experience and behaviour) along the entire intermodal travel chain
  • Preparation of information from the digital twin for different use cases, such as intermodal journey planning by users or traffic management

 Evaluation of explicit mobility cases

  • Analyses of shared mobility, micromobility, public transport and automated driving functions and vehicles
  • Evaluation of automated mobility concepts in the inner-city mobility chain from a system and user perspective