15 Feb 2023

Innovation made in Karlsruhe showcased in Barcelona

Joint stand of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit

From 4-7 June, the worldwide who's who in public transport will meet in Barcelona for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit, the leading event for sustainable mobility. With the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab, numerous institutions and companies from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) will once again be on board.

Fifteen partners from Karlsruhe and the surrounding area, transport companies and industrial enterprises, research institutes and municipalities, will present the innovative powerh of the region on a joint stand that will highlight current topics such as autonomous and automated driving. The network and its interdisciplinary projects previously received international recognition at the last UITP Summit 2019 in Stockholm and at IT-TRANS 2022.

Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director at TRK, says: “Through its partners, the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab has developed into a globally recognised centre of intelligent concepts in urban and regional mobility. A major focus is on continuously developing local public transport and new mobility concepts. As a hub of research, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion offers a unique density of mobility-related institutions. Together, all parties are contributing to the mobility revolution worldwide.” One of these partners is the Research Centre for Information Technology FZI. Its division manager, Dr Alexander Viehl, adds: “The FZI is a leader in the fields of connected automated driving and intelligent digital infrastructures for novel mobility concepts. The UITP Global Summit offers FZI an exceptional platform to showcase its technological capabilities, and applications and expertise for automated public transport.”

Autonomous driving, platooning and state-of-the-art software solutions

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology will be in Barcelona to bring the technologies behind its autonomous FZI shuttles to life: In a demonstrator, FZI experts can interactively simulate cockpits as well as control centre views and provide unique insights into the infrastructure as well as the communication capacity of various technical systems. The Institute for Information Processing Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will present its project on city bus platooning. Platooning enables vehicles to automatically follow the lane of a lead vehicle at a short distance. Thanks to this technology, operations can be adapted to passenger numbers, become more automated and thus more economical.

PTV Group presents innovative software solutions that enable transport companies to virtually test different scenarios to make existing infrastructures more attractive, or to improve their demand and operations planning. Under the name "Omnimover", TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK), a consultancy for sustainable mobility, will present a feasibility study for an innovative mobility system with on-demand functions that goes the extra mile. The DAKIMO project of Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe aims at making sustainable and intermodal mobility more attractive and seamless with by means of AI methods. The LogIKTram project, meanwhile, focuses on innovations for combined passenger and freight transport, and will be bringing its LogIKTram to Barcelona.

With regards to the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab, other partners of the hub, AVG - Albtal-Transport Company, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, INIT GmbH, the KVV – Karlsruhe Transport Network (KVV), City of Karlsruhe, the UITP Regional Training Centre Karlsruhe, VBK – Karlsruhe Transport Company, Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, and Messe Karlsruhe, will also present on the joint stand.

Do you want to be part of this must-attend industry event in Barcelona? Then please do not hesitate to get in touch - the Messe Karlsruhe team is the point of contact for exhibitors from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia.

About the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab

Based in one of Germany's central mobility and technology locations, the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is a globally recognised hub for the development of intelligent concepts for future urban and regional mobility. Science, business, the public sector and innovative transport companies work together in an interdisciplinary way within the framework of this unique ecosystem to improve public transport and develop new mobility concepts. The focus is on intelligent, connected, resource-conserving and sustainable mobility that reconciles environmental friendliness and mobility comfort.

Much has already been achieved in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab – from a convenient mobility platform that integrates individually usable means of transport such as car- and bike-sharing, as well as intermodal traffic control, to autonomous first/last mile services in on-demand transport, cross-border mobility solutions, an extensive network of cycle paths and innovative fast cycle lanes. And last but not least, the Karlsruhe Tram Train Model, which has attracted worldwide attention.