• Steffen Braun
    Steffen Braun

    Head of Business Unit
    Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering


    Fraunhofer IAO
    Nobelstraße 12
    70569 Stuttgart, Germany

    • Phone +49 711 970-2022
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Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering

The coming decades will be ones of profound change for our cities: not only do they have to deal with spiraling populations, there are the challenges posed by climate change, demographic shifts, rising living standards and a scarcity of natural resources to confront too. That is why the city is the key testing ground for innovative technologies and intelligent ideas for sustainable development – and why cities represent one of the largest future markets overall.

As a key component of tomorrow’s sustainable, life-enhancing cities, mobility too will undergo a fundamental overhaul. Workable mobility concepts for the cities of the future will arise once we go beyond conventional technologies and services.

The Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering (MUSE) business unit brings together around 40 employees, including engineers, urban planners, computer scientists, economists and sociologists. This interdisciplinary team works together to develop dynamic system solutions geared toward mobility and the cities of the future.

Our work focuses on the following topics:

  • Electric vehicle systems: urban and inter-urban charging infrastructure; shared use of electric vehicles; logistics concepts for electric vehicles; integrated fleet and charging management
  • Urban mobility: intermodal trip chaining; ease of mobility; mobility concepts for urban spacest
  • The city: Morgenstadt – the city of the future; resilient cities; concepts for the districts of the future
  • Energy: micro smart grids incorporating electric vehicles; charging containers featuring rapid charge spots, buffer storage and photovoltaic facilities
  • Sharing systems: technological and organizational solutions that allow goods to be shared; sharing depots; development of products with sharing in mind

We design mobility and urban systems for industry and the public sector. As scientists working in applied research, we are always keen to work alongside industry and cities to develop our solutions to full maturity and to test them in practice.


The Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering business unit is organized in the following teams:

Mobility Innovation
The Mobility Innovation Competence Center conducts analyses of markets, technologies and value creation, develops strategies and system solutions geared to market requirements for implementation of sustainable mobility, and designs new business models.

Mobility Concepts and Infrastructure
The Mobility Concepts and Infrastructure Competence Team conducts research on how to develop, implement and industrialize sustainable mobility concepts in regional and international markets.

Urban Delivery Systems
The Urban Delivery Systems competence team does the following: conducts analyses of markets, technologies and locations; supports private and public players through explorative scenarios and strategy developments; designs system solutions geared to demand and customer-friendly logistics and services; supports project implementations; and helps companies develop new business models.

Smart Urban Environments
The Smart Urban Environments Competence Team develops creative and viable solutions for urban spaces of the future. This is achieved by considering flexible technologies and including various influencing factors from areas such as energy, mobility, urban planning, social interaction, societal changes and safety.

Urban Governance Innovation
The Competence Team Urban Governance Innovation works on issues relating to the management of innovative urban development processes.

Urban Data and Resilience
The Urban Data and Resilience competence team’s goal is to make cities livable, safe and resilient. To this end, we focus on cooperation and the use of existing urban data.
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