5G Turbo Accelerator aims to consolidate the integration between disruptive start-ups and rooted companies working on 5G technology, to enable them to explore new investable and commercial cross-sectoral solutions. To ensure the impact of the project and its sustainability, the programme will build on and re-dynamize an online open community based on the existing online space of the European project Impact Connected Car, through which smart mobility stakeholders, cities and industry experts are already interconnected at cross-national level. The programme will support promising start-ups that need high-quality resources to develop innovations for technological and commercial validation in 5G. Thus, 5G Turbo aims to help them consolidate their product, improve and validate their business model and bring them into partnership agreements with large companies and cities, through networking, access to living labs and acceleration sessions.
NFF will provide among other things business and technical coaching to the selected start-ups.
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, active mobility (i.e., walking and cycling) improves citizens’ health by increasing physical fitness and well-being. In many cases, however, citizens exhibit habitualized usage behaviour and – despite the inherent disadvantages – continue to rely too heavily on motorized modes of transport. Promoting a shift to active mobility is therefore a priority for EIT Urban Mobility. This project aims to create a training program on how to incentivize people to gradually adopt active forms of mobility. This also includes the evaluation of existing initiatives and approaches to motivate active mobility. We will identify best practices to develop specific use cases reflecting the needs and requirements of target audiences as represented by particular personas.
Project output will be the creation of gamified digital training courses, which will support cities, businesses and other institutions in creating active mobility-based ecosystems.
Internet of Things applications for Urban Mobility will offer complete training on Internet of Things technologies and its related applications in urban mobility to whole EIT-UM communities and Innovation Hubs. We will provide a complementary, replicable and scalable convenient set of educational materials. Moreover, our approach goes one step further of most training programmes by proposing a unique blend of online training – addressed to cities, industry, and R&D organisations – combined with practical, hands-on identification and analysis of specific use cases by engaged stakeholders, addressing their specific challenges, and early drafting potential applications in the context of urban mobility. We believe that Internet of Things technologies underpinning urban mobility solutions can improve sustainability, enable new business models, and deliver innovative approaches to current and future challenges. We propose the following specific objectives: 1) Develop training materials first addressed to the main stakeholders at EIT UM using nanoMOOCs, including generic material, a teaser and more specific contents; 2) Deliver a methodology to identify, and analyse a set of UM-related use cases, to explore whether they efficiently address city challenges, or/if leverage emerging technologies; 3) Assess selected city challenges where Internet of Things technologies, in their different flavours, can help in developing timely solutions or improve existing developments, achieving higher levels of trust.
ScaleTHENGlobal identifies the most promising urban mobility start-ups and supports them in implementing their solutions in cities and regions across Europe, solving real urban challenges. It also selects start-ups ready to make business outside Europe and helps them widen their borders, as well as support start-ups from outside Europe willing to establish in the EU. Through three own ReadyToScale events and presence at high level Mobility Expos and Summits – among them the ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg – ScaleTHENGlobal brings together mature start-ups, companies, City Club members and other relevant administrations at the same level. NFF will mostly provide business coaching to the selected start-ups.
Cleanliness is extremely important for customers of transportation. The cleaner, the more customers trust on a mode of transport. Within the formed multidisciplinary consortium the overall aim is to develop means to assess and improve the cleanliness in shared vehicles, trains, and trams. We will demonstrate a machine-vision based trash detection system, odour detection system as well as develop materials more suitable for shared vehicles applications. The demonstrations will be linked to customer satisfaction and their perception regarding the attractiveness of different transportation modes.
NFF will contribute to the project by eliciting requirements from different stakeholders such as possible direct customers of the solution (public transport authorities, private transport providers), indirect customers (users of transport services), and other technological and legal stakeholders. Other contributions of NFF are the experimental examination of the effectiveness of the solution as part of the validation, and the evaluation of the impact on service quality perceptions and customer satisfaction.
Blockchain4UM will offer complete training on blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies to whole EIT-UM communities and Innovation Hubs. We will provide a complementary, replicable and scalable convenient set of educational materials. Moreover, our approach goes one step further of most training programmes by proposing a unique blend of online training – addressed to cities, industry, and R&D organisations – combined with practical, hands-on identification and analysis of specific use cases by engaged stakeholders, addressing their specific challenges, and early drafting potential applications in the context of urban mobility. We believe that blockchain technologies underpinning urban mobility solutions can improve sustainability, enable new business models, and deliver innovative approaches to current and future challenges. We propose the following specific objectives: 1) Develop training materials first addressed to the main stakeholders at EIT UM using nanoMOOCs, including generic material, a teaser and more specific contents; 2) Deliver a methodology to identify, and analyse a set of UM-related use cases, to explore whether they efficiently address city challenges, or/if leverage emerging technologies; 3) Assess selected city challenges where blockchains, in their different flavours, can help in developing timely solutions or improve existing developments, achieving higher levels of trust.
In contrast to motorway and city traffic, automated parking in multi-storey car parks has so far not been clearly regulated with regard to the definition of interfaces or automation levels, which provide clear guidelines for the distribution of tasks between vehicle and driver infrastructure. Previous demonstrations are characterized by defined hardware equipment and specific vehicle/infrastructure combinations, which are individually defined from the close cooperation between OEM/supplier and infrastructure service provider.
The core objective is a standardisation for the qualification and certification of car park infrastructure and vehicle functionalities in order to achieve parking processes in different degrees of automation independent of the vehicle manufacturer, infrastructure service provider and car park operator. This also applies to necessary retrofit solutions for existing multi-storey car parks. In addition to standardization, legal issues will also be considered and new economic perspectives will be examined within the framework of business field and business model development. A transferability of the results to other multi-storey car parks is to be ensured in practice by a corresponding demonstration in the multi-storey car park of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
The Europe-wide, two-year project aims at the development and pilot demonstration of automated parking functions on the road as well as the conception and provision of parking services. The definition of use cases, a market analysis and the prototypical implementation of automated parking functions are planned for the coming year. In the second year, concrete demonstrations in the city of Hamburg are planned, as well as studies on the commercialization of the developed products. The project has a project volume of 860,000 euros and will be funded with 600,000 euros in 2020. “UrbanSmartPark” is one of the first NFF projects within the "KIC Urban Mobility", a European initiative supported by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology).
As part of the NFF, the task of this chair is to design and develop park-related services and business models for future market implementation. As another member of the NFF, the Institute of Automotive Engineering (IfF) contributes to this project with a (prototypical) implementation of driving functions for automated on-street parking. In addition, the Institute of Law (IRW) will review the legal situation for automated on-street parking, especially for living labs and test fields.
The convergence of demographic changes, urbanization, and global economic forces, such as the sharing economy, has created fertile ground for the growth of carsharing globally. Nowadays an increasing section of the urban population sees car ownership as a burden to be outsourced. At the same time, the consequences of predominant use of individual, privately-owned vehicles in car-centric cities are well known: increased congestion, noise, shortage in parking, ineﬃcient land use, and pollution. Many initiatives have been taken by cities in the search for more sustainable transportation systems that are less dependent on private vehicles. Carsharing addresses this convergence and opportunity by oﬀering convenient and aﬀordable access to a vehicle anytime. For car manufacturers carsharing represents a new way to market produced cars and steer towards becoming a mobility service provider. Pure free-ﬂoating carsharing schemes applied in many cities seem not be the only and most eﬀective solution in high dense cities with a high occupancy rate of on-street parking public space like Barcelona. Therefore, the project will develop and pilot-test a station-based (stations being in oﬀ-street parking), one-way carsharing scheme in Barcelona (A2B). The project goal is to demonstrate that a sustainable carsharing service without on-street parking occupation is possible and could be complementary to other possible carsharing models. An assessment of the beneﬁts and impact of the service will be analysed in-depth, as an input for potential future city regulations. Moreover, the project will make Barcelona pilot conclusions, insights and KPIs openly available to other European cities considering the adoption of carsharing services, thus fostering more sustainable and eﬃcient mobility in Europe.
NFF will contribute to the project by providing eﬃcient development pathways towards a climate-neutral vehicle ﬂeet 2050. For this purpose types of vehicles are identified to serve the different kind of use cases to be addressed. NFF will provide requirements and guidelines for integration of electronic vehicels (EV) in urban car-sharing fleets and will develop a guideline for the integrated planning and control of fleet, energy and charging infrastructure to achieve an ecological and economical operation.
Due to the demographic change, it becomes increasingly difficult for counties and municipalities to ensure a basic supply of public mobility services such as bus and train without asking the question of necessary social participation, meaningful regional creation of value and last but not least feasible environmental objectives. Here, the need of mobility will increase further in rural areas due to the accumulation of medical facilities and shopping centers in urban areas. The local public transport companies already facing the challenge to reliable ensure access to jobs and training places, schools, health centers and recreational facilities from the countryside. Considering this problem situation, the research project NEMo pursuing the development of sustainable and innovative mobility services based on business models for rural areas. Therefore, NEMo will create new mobility services, where citizens become mobility provider. For example, individuals could additionally operate rarely served stops of public transport with their own car to pick up other people. A higher person utilization of private cars can close supply gaps and reduce the total volume of traffic and its negative environmental impacts.
To plan and manage these new rural mobility services information and telecommunication technologies is essential. As part of the project, specific requirements and acceptance limits of this new mobility are initially ascertained and subsequently transferred to a legally compliant concept. From the beginning, citizens and public mobility providers are involved in the project to take into account actual needs and obstacles. Particular attention is given to the coordination and networking of all stakeholders, in particular the self-organization of citizens (e.g. carpools and neighborhood cars). For the provision of a comprehensive and open mobility offer economic, social and organizational concepts are developed. These concepts are merged into a platform for the rural areas of Oldenburg and Wesermarsch. In a close dialogue with the citizens of the test regions, the platform will be tested and evaluated.
Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Niedersachsen e.V. Ministry of the Interior and Sport of Lower Saxony Central Police Headquarters Lower Saxony German Aerospace Center
Problem & objectives
The project accompanies the trial of electro-mobility resp. the operational use of electric vehicles in two fields of application („Zentrale Polizeidirektion Niedersachen“ and „Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Niedersachsen e.V.“). One the one side it ensures the visibility of electric vehicles in urban areas and on the other side it allows to test the vehicles under real circumstances. As part of the project the fleet of the Lower Saxony police will be extended by ten pedelecs, two hybrid vehicles (range extender) and 18 battery electric vehicles which all will be used in operational mode. The „ Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband Niedersachsen e.V.“ is implementing the project „Electric fleets in trial“ in the district of Wolfsburg with a total of six battery electric vehicles for the use in social and health services. Mid-term plans aim to establish the electro-mobility as the new standard of the whole fleet.
The accompanying research has the objective to perform an economic evaluation of the framework conditions and the application areas to determine how reasonable a partial or complete change to electric fleets would be. Furthermore the acquisition and analysis of data about the user acceptance, the user behavior and possible user issues will be conducted to develop possibilities for changes to achieve a better user acceptance.
Lower Saxony Research Centre for Automotive Engineering (NFF)
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Institut of Automotive Engineering (IfF)
Institute for High Voltage Technology and Electrical Power Systems (elenia)
Institute for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (iWF)
Fraunhofer-Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung
Problem & objectives
The stated aim of the federal government is the market preparation and launch of battery electric vehicles in Germany. The potential of electric vehicles for reducing the harmful environmental impacts of road transport in everyday conditions can only be analyzed and evaluated in field tests. If electric vehicles should realize their potential to reduce emissions and minimize the consumption of resources, an integrated life cycle assessment is required.
The aim of Fleets Go Green is the integrated analysis and evaluation of the environmental performance of electric and plug-in-hybrid vehicles in everyday usage on the example of fleet operations.
At the universities that are part of the "Schaufenster eMobilität Metropolregion Niedersachsen" a university-wide modular training and education on the topics of electric mobility is created. Academic professionals such as engineers, technicians and managers are the target group in this joint project. Among the project partners a customized selection of modules, five experiential training workshops and a virtual learning lab is designed, developed and implemented. Practical oriented and flexibly combinable training modules will be consistent, that means they will be used and tested as an independent on-the-job training and continuing education. They are developed for the five topics "Electric vehicles", "battery", "power electronics and electric machines", "charging infrastructure" and "mobility and business models." The modules are based on contemporary created training workshops and a novel simulation-based learning software. The requirements are matched together with industrial partners and other joint projects of the "Schaufenster eMobilität". The trainings activities are realized exemplarily, qualified and tested, including the mutual approval procedures of the different universities. It is ensured that current research results and experimental and engineering structures are integrated into the training program.
The successful marketing of e-car-sharing is still pending against a number of unresolved challenges. So high investments for vehicles and the necessary, customized software are to be made. At the same time, however, established findings of customer expectations and market development are missing. Further problems arise from the dimensioning and operation of the electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. This concerns about the optimization of vehicle components, control and driver assist systems for short-term use, the establishment of appropriate charging infrastructure in the (semi-) public space, ensuring correct loading interface and demand-oriented loading strategy and the dealing with range restrictions. Therefore new, adapted to the boundary conditions of carsharing use (vehicle) technical solutions are required.
The aim of the project is to overcome existing application barriers of the E-Car-sharing by identifying customer- and environment-oriented, energetically optimal and economically viable operators and utilization concepts for electric vehicles in a car-sharing fleet. To achieve these objectives future (vehicle) technical solutions and business models for the integration of electric vehicles into the operational car-sharing use are researched and tested. This includes the integration of electric vehicles into the Quicar fleet and the creation of an e-car-sharing offer at various urban locations of the "Schaufensters Elektromobilität". Of great significance is the establishment of a university-specific car-sharing offer that allows as "Living Lab Campus Mobility" extensive scientific investigations.
The growing demand for mobility of people and goods poses great challenges for the inner city transport infrastructure. At the same time, the increased number of commuters increases the demand for a demand-oriented local public transport system (ÖPNV) as well as a more flexible connection of rural areas. In the long term, therefore, a shift in individual vehicle traffic towards intelligent, modern, low-emission and sustainable mobility solutions is necessary.
The aim of the ViVre project is to network virtualised traffic infrastructures and automated driving functions for central traffic junctions in order to develop components for innovative and sustainable mobility solutions. In particular, concepts for new virtual stops will be developed, implemented in road traffic and evaluated. New functions of automated networked vehicles and virtualised infrastructure are developed.