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Sustainable mobility, urban and social development
In the coming years, sustainable urban development, digitalization and Germany’s transition to a new energy economy will profoundly change not only our cities and how we get around, but also people’s usage habits and expectations. Using public applied research and industrial contract research, more than 50 employees from MUSE are working in six interdisciplinary teams to explore issues on user-specific demand, value creation and technology. Their research work involves: designing, developing as well as piloting innovative approaches, including business models for tomorrow’s sustainable, livable and adaptable cities, mobility, logistics and safety.
Our key research areas are:
- Electromobility solutions and digitalization for vehicles
- Sustainable mobility concepts and infrastructure
- Urban supply and logistics solutions
- Intelligent urban districts and surroundings
- Urban innovation partnerships and strategies
- Data-based business models for spatial infrastructure
- Shaping user behavior and preferences
- Resilient infrastructure and civil safety
The following list gives an overview of our current research investigations:
Communal mobility (GeMo)|
The GeMo project (www.gemo.fraunhofer.de/en.html) is one of Fraunhofer’s Beyond Tomorrow projects, bringing together six Fraunhofer Institutes to form a consortium working on shared-use solutions for electric vehicles. Sharing electric vehicles such as cars, scooters, electric bikes and Segways – as well as charging infrastructure, data and services – is a particular challenge from a technical, legal and business standpoint. This project is about us tapping into this new area of research and developing the first technological solutions for these shared mobility resources.
In particular, we are concentrating on research into the energy and IT interfaces between users, vehicles and infrastructure. Developing solutions that deal with these interfaces is key to the system as a whole when it comes to shared (electro)mobility resources.
The project’s technology highlights are an inductive charging system with a charging capacity of 22 kW, an on-board unit for shared vehicles, and cloud storage for mobility data.
Charging infrastructure for Stuttgart and the surrounding region|
Charging infrastructure for Stuttgart and the surrounding region is a project that forms part of the “LivingLab BWe mobil” electromobility showcase. The aim of the project is to develop and test solutions for car sharing systems using electric vehicles. A particular area of focus is developing value-added services and business models for public charging infrastructure. Project partners will also be investigating car sharing models for electric vehicles and the implications of car sharing for urban spaces. The project partners are EnBW, Daimler, the city of Stuttgart and car2go.
The Ludwigsburg intermodal project is part of the “LivingLab BWe mobil” electromobility showcase. Here, the project partners are working up concepts for an intermodal mobility hub centered around Ludwigsburg station. Our task in this project is to develop, construct and test a sharing box that will allow goods to be shared, purchases to be dispensed and all kinds of items to be dropped off. The plan is thus to improve short-range public transportation as a whole and the station in particular. The project partners are the city of Ludwigsburg, the University of Stuttgart and the Ludwigsburg public utility company.