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  • A new study on how the coronavirus pandemic is influencing company working practices / 2020

    Has the coronavirus accelerated virtual working?

    Press release / November 12, 2020

    Corona – Beschleuniger virtuellen Arbeitens?
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    In a survey conducted from May 5–22 of this year, the Fraunhofer IAO and the German Association for Human Resource Management (DGFP) investigated the influence of virtual forms of working – particularly working from home – on company working practices. The results of this survey were then published in the study “Working in the corona pandemic – on the way to a new normal” on July 9, 2020.

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  • University of Stuttgart’s IAT supports city authorities in pilot project to enable smart management of urban freight transport / 2020

    Digital loading zone management in Stuttgart

    Press release / November 11, 2020

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    In the busy streets of Stuttgart, drivers often park in loading zones reserved for delivery vehicles. That leads delivery drivers to double park or leave their vehicles on sidewalks or cycle lanes, blocking traffic and creating potentially hazardous situations. To improve this situation, the city of Stuttgart has launched the “Digital loading zone management” project in collaboration with IAT at the University of Stuttgart and the company Parkunload®. Their goal is to design an app featuring real-time data.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO experiment examines innovative flying-taxi concept from the perspective of users / 2020

    FlyingCab acceptance study: when taxis conquer the skies

    Press Release / November 10, 2020

    Fraunhofer IAO and Volocopter GmbH have joined forces in the FlyingCab acceptance study to analyze user opinion regarding flying taxis, which, among other things, will make transportation more individual and flexible. But just how enthusiastic are future users about the new mobility solution and the idea of navigating cities by air?

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  • A Fraunhofer IAO study sheds light on the demands the coronavirus-induced work-from-home experience is placing on our world of work / 2020

    Work-from-home experience: predictions for our future world of work

    Press release / October 29, 2020

    What did the lockdown situation teach us that can be applied to how we work in the future? The Fraunhofer IAO “Work-from-home experience” web-based survey, conducted as part of the OFFICE 21® joint research project, shows the results of the work-from-home situation and forecasts future changes in the world of work.

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  • Expert group publishes ethics guidelines for the implementation of human-centered and trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe / 2020

    Artificial intelligence: shaping Europe’s digital future

    Press release / October 12, 2020

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    To further advance the outstanding and trustworthy use of artificial intelligence (AI) across Europe, the “High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence” clarified its findings from the past year in detail, developed them further and made them usable. As a member of the expert group, institute director Prof. Wilhelm Bauer brings Fraunhofer IAO’s experience in the human-centered application of AI to the group.

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  • Survey by the collaborative “Future Museum” project explores the museum visit of the future / 2020

    The museum of the future – have Netflix and the like rendered museums superfluous?

    Press release / October 02, 2020

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    Art and cultural institutions in particular are facing major challenges during the Coronavirus pandemic. Museums remain closed for long periods or can receive only a few visitors. Digital and new formats are needed in order to maintain operations. What should museum visits be like in the future? As part of the collaborative Future Museum project, Fraunhofer IAO set up an online survey to ask members of the public about the future of museums.

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  • Fraunhofer IAO develops and tests digital solutions for NPOs in its digital laboratory / 2020

    Getting non-profit organizations fit for the digital transformation

    Press release / August 30, 2020

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    Most non-profit organizations (NPOs), such as associations, foundations and trade unions, have limited resources and scope for innovation that would allow them to exploit the potential of the digital transformation. In the “Digital laboratory for non-profit organizations 4.0” project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Fraunhofer IAO is collaborating with additional partners to support NPOs in trying out and implementing digital applications and cooperative forms of organization.

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  • The Fraunhofer Morgenstadt initiative highlights strategic measures that aim to achieve broad implementation of digital and sustainable urban development / 2020

    Catalyst for sustainable cities and regions

    Press release / July 17, 2020

    Cities are some of the biggest emitters of CO2 – and that makes them a powerful lever in the fight against global warming. The team behind the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s Morgenstadt initiative recently published a position paper that aims to help German municipalities fast-track the implementation of sustainable urban development and digitalization. The goal of this new publication is to pool existing solutions, make them accessible and financially viable for municipalities and cities everywhere, and create new capacities.

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  • A new study from Fraunhofer IAO presents the results of a VR-based method for forecasting new technology and evaluating the acceptance of future urban transport concepts / 2020

    Virtual reality can assist with the evaluation of future transport concepts

    Press release / July 13, 2020

    Virtual Reality hilft bei Beurteilung der Mobilität von übermorgen

    In a multimedia project – “2049: Zeitreise Mobilität” – conducted together with the German regional broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, Fraunhofer IAO has used virtual reality to send test persons on a journey through time to German and U.S. cities in the year 2049. The concluding study shows which future transport concepts meet with acceptance and are regarded as realistic. When it comes to tomorrow’s transport, however, different generations do not always agree on which attributes are most desirable.

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  • In the latest findings from the Future Museum project, Fraunhofer IAO shows how digitalization and artificial intelligence can contribute to the visitor experience / 2020

    Art and robots – how digitalization can change a visit to museums

    Press release / July 06, 2020

    The use of innovative technology and smart services can substantially enhance the museum experience, providing visitors with a new approach to art, history and knowledge. That’s the latest lesson from the Future Museum project, a joint initiative by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and the company MUSEUM BOOSTER GmbH. But what does a digital museum experience actually involve?

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