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Parking Day in Stuttgart, interested parties presented alternative area utilization models on specially rented parking lots. Researchers of the Fraunhofer IAO explained the effects of automated driving on the development of urban space. Interested citizens had numerous opportunities for interaction.
Stuttgart – Last Friday the Parking Day took place in Stuttgart. This is an annual action day when parking spaces are temporary redesigned and available for alternative use. The aim is to sensitize urban use, which is less focused on individual car traffic. In the capital of Baden-Württemberg, participants could rent parking spaces and for one day arrange them according to their wishes.
A Fraunhofer IAO research team specializing in mobility and urban system design was informing citizens at a stand in a parking lot at Eberhardstraße about the research of the Stuttgart Institute and about future urban developments. The scientists also presented findings from a current study on the automated vehicle in the context of the city. The Fraunhofer scientist Claudius Schaufler clarified the relevance of the topic for the Parking Day: "Automated driving could lead to significant reduction in the number of cars on the streets and thus areas that have previously been used as parking spaces can be used alternatively ".
The Fraunhofer at ist stand not only provided with information about future urban development, but also offered numerous opportunities to actively participate in it. Thus, many passers-by took the opportunity to leave their own ideas on how the parking space could be used on the specially installed Idea Wall showing a high level of creativity.
But Fraunhofer would not be Fraunhofer, if it had not presented also technical highlights to show their own work. For example, visitors, using virtual reality glasses, could see live future alternative uses of the parking lot or mix a smoothie with a "bike stand mixer" by using their own leg power. "It is important for us to make research perceptible and to involve the public through interactive formats. It is always noticeable that people have a great interest in the work of Fraunhofer", makes Schaufler the conclusion about positive public feedback at the Fraunhofer stand on Eberhardstraße during the Stuttgart Parking Day 2017.
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