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KIC Urban Mobility — TUM shapes the mobility of the future!

The “MOBiLus” con­sor­ti­um was sel­ec­ted by the Know­ledge and Inno­va­ti­on Com­mu­ni­ty (KIC ) of the Euro­pean Insti­tu­te of Inno­va­ti­on and Tech­no­lo­gy (EIT) to deve­lop stra­te­gies for urban mobi­li­ty of the future. TUM Inter­na­tio­nal GmbH acted as the pro­ject manage­ment office.

The Know­ledge and Inno­va­ti­on Com­mu­ni­ties (KICs), are legal­ly inde­pen­dent part­ner­ships of uni­ver­si­ties, sci­ence orga­niza­ti­ons, com­pa­nies and other stake­hol­ders that address sel­ec­ted future topics of socie­tal rele­van­ce at EU level. To this end, the part­ners invol­ved are to deve­lop new pro­ducts, trai­ning con­cepts or ser­vices and fer­ti­li­ze the start-up sce­ne.

The 85+ inter­na­tio­nal part­ners of the
EIT Urban Mobi­li­ty
want to deve­lop solu­ti­ons for sus­tainable urban trans­port. One of the 5 Inno­va­ti­on Hubs was crea­ted in Munich. The EU is con­tri­bu­ting around 400 mil­li­on euros to the major pro­ject, which is worth bil­li­ons and is based in Bar­ce­lo­na.

Air pol­lu­ti­on, con­ge­sted roads, gaps in the public trans­port net­work — the pres­su­re on urban trans­port is gro­wing. At the same time, attrac­ti­ve public space, com­for­ta­ble mobi­li­ty and a say for the popu­la­ti­on in urban plan­ning are beco­ming incre­asing­ly important. The con­sor­ti­um “MOBiLus” has set its­elf the goal of fin­ding mobi­li­ty solu­ti­ons for liva­ble cities. The acro­nym stands for “Mobi­li­ty for Liveable Urban Spaces.”

The core con­sor­ti­um was for­med in 2015 by the Euro­Tech Alli­ance TU Munich, Denmark’s Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty (DTU), Éco­le poly­tech­ni­que fédé­ra­le de Lau­sanne (EPFL ) and TU Eind­ho­ven (TU/e) . A total of ele­ven Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties are now repre­sen­ted in the con­sor­ti­um, and TUM is the only Ger­man one. Glo­bal com­pa­nies such as E.ON, BMW, Sie­mens and SEAT are on board.

Unter­neh­mer­TUM, the cen­ter for inno­va­ti­on and start-up at TUM, is also one of the part­ners. Unter­neh­mer­TUM was named a Digi­tal Hub Mobi­li­ty by the Ger­man govern­ment in 2016. Thir­teen cities are also par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the major pro­ject, inclu­ding Copen­ha­gen, Stock­holm, Ams­ter­dam, Pra­gue, Istan­bul and Munich.

The cen­tral con­flict of urban mobi­li­ty is reflec­ted in the lower case of “i” and “us”, the Eng­lish words for “I” and “we”, in the name “MOBiLus”. “We have indi­vi­du­al inte­rests from the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty that we have to bring tog­e­ther with the public inte­rests of a city,” explains Geb­hard Wulfhorst, Pro­fes­sor of Sett­le­ment Struc­tu­re and Trans­por­ta­ti­on Plan­ning and coor­di­na­tor of the pro­ject at TUM. “This is the key to sus­tainable deve­lo­p­ment.” An important goal is the­r­e­fo­re to increase the invol­vement of citi­zen repre­sen­ta­ti­ves in the pro­jects.

Making cities more liva­ble is also a major chall­enge. “The most pre­cious resour­ce in the city is space, and space is limi­t­ed,” Wulfhorst explains. One goal of MOBiLus is to make a por­ti­on of the area curr­ent­ly used by motor vehic­le traf­fic available for other public uses.
TUM Pre­si­dent Eme­ri­tus Wolf­gang A. Herr­mann said: “Mobi­li­ty and intel­li­gent traf­fic and trans­port sys­tems are a strong pro­fi­le area of rese­arch at TUM — well pro­ven in the regio­nal envi­ron­ment, but also at our Asi­an loca­ti­on in Sin­ga­po­re, whe­re TUM.CREATE rese­ar­ches mobi­li­ty con­cepts for mega­ci­ties.”