Intermodal urban mobility systems

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Intermodal mobility systems


An intermodal mobility hub optimizes and builds upon the spatial networking of various mobility solutions and services in a central location, including components such as bike sharing, car sharing, public transport, intuitive booking and guidance systems, intelligent charging infrastructure, smart parking and new space utilization concepts such as co-working spaces.

The research project targets city Administration (Integrated City Development Unit), as well as companies active in the area of Transport, energy, real estate and IT.


Mobility revolution as part of the energy revolution


After the German “Energy Transition” has initiated fundamental transformation in urban energy systems, so too will the "Mobility  Transition" profoundly transform urban mobility. While the demand for mobility is increasing worldwide—as an important indicator of growth and improvement quality of life—this increase is also applying significant pressures to human and natural systems. As a result of its overwhelming contribution to congestion, climate change, local air pollution, noise pollution, death and injury, occupation of urban space and the sealing of natural surfaces; the current dependence on motorized private transport has led planners and researchers to fundamentally rethink urban transport. The German Federal Government has set targets reduce transport demand, emissions and fuel consumption within the transport sector. By 2050, energy consumption from transport is expected to fall by 40 percent compared to 2005, with the number of electric vehicles increasing from 30,000 to six million by 2030 (source: Transport, Federal Government, 2015). The EU Commission has set the objective of phasing out fossil-fuelled vehicles in cities by 2050. (See EU White Paper on Transport, 2011). Oslo is the first European city to (by 2020) remove personal motorized vehicles from the city center completely. At the municipal level, the urban mobility transition calls for a holistic approach including new models of urban development; combining compact urban development with mixed-use spaces, decentralized concentration, public-transport oriented urban development, inclusion and traffic safety (Source: What Cities want, TU München und MAN, 2013).


Modular offer:


An "intermodal mobility hub" consists of a modular system of networked and coordinated mobility solutions and services. Existing mobility nodes such as train stations or mobility transfer areas are ideally suited locations for intermodal mobility hubs. Possible solutions are electric car-sharing, bike and pedelec sharing, charging infrastructure, guidance system, routing app and integrated booking and billing systems, flexible space utilization concepts and district logistics hub.

Reference projects


The aim of the research project Shared E-Fleet was the design and implementation of an integrated, cloud-based ICT solution for the intelligent operation of shared electric vehicle fleets between companies. The developed solutions are tested in several model tests at different locations under real conditions.

The project targets primarily small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sharing an electric vehicle fleet (e.g. in technology parks, commercial areas, etc.), as well as large companies and public administrations who share electric vehicle fleets with associated companies or organizations. This approach allows a critical mass in terms of workload of electric vehicles to be reached.


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