Press Release

April 23 2024

Center for future-oriented mobility development

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will present itself from May 14 to 16, 2024 at the IT-TRANS at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre

Research focuses: Intelligent Transportation Systems and Logistics

Once again, the region’s mobility players are pooling their expertise in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab and presenting themselves together at IT-TRANS – International Conference and Exhibition, which will take place at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from May 14 to 16, 2024. At the joint stand, the Lab’s partners will present their projects – from ways to improve transport connections between urban and rural areas to on-demand transport and autonomous driving.

In addition to an extensive lecture program directly at the stand, testing, touching and trying out will also be on the agenda for three days. Partners of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab include KIT, KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center, FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the German Center for Future Mobility.

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) stands for a unique ecosystem in which science, business, the public sector and innovative transport companies work hand in hand. Together, they develop interdisciplinary solutions for the mobile world of tomorrow. These are put into practice, analyzed and tested with citizens. Thanks to its partners, the lab is a globally recognized center for the development of intelligent concepts for the urban and regional mobility of the future. “A major focus of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is on the further development of local public transport and the development of completely new mobility concepts,” explains Jochen Ehlgötz, Managing Director of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. “In this way, researchers from the region are contributing essential building blocks to the mobility turnaround worldwide. The Karlsruhe Mobility and TechnologyRegion can rightly call itself a pioneer in terms of sustainable mobility development.”

Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe, is also convinced of the importance of the project: “The future of mobility is being shaped in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab – and we are delighted that this creative think tank driven by our Karlsruhe players is once again showcasing its innovative strength with a stand at IT-TRANS. The transport transition can only succeed if business, science and the public sector pull together and work in unison. This is exemplified here in Karlsruhe, resulting in exciting projects that can take mobility to the next level.”

At the joint stand (Y3/dm arena), the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will be presenting future-oriented mobility concepts and initiatives that promote them over three days:

  • The German Center for Future Mobility (DZM), an association of Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Minden und Annaberg-Buchholz in the field of mobility, will present lighthouse projects such as on-demand shuttle transport and two-way vehicles for rail transport.

  • The Innovation Campus Mobility of the Future (ICM) demonstrates how cloud technology can be used to implement scalable solutions and improved functionalities for networked vehicles and optimise their operation in terms of energy.
  • The KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center is an association of Karlsruhe institutions for research, teaching and transfer, which develop innovative, interdisciplinary mobility solutions together with partners from industry, society and the public sector. At IT-TRANS, the KAMO partners will present sample projects on autonomous driving, intermodal transportation and sustainable mobility. These include the lighthouse project “Country-2-City” Bridge, which is researching sustainable and attractive transport options between urban and rural areas as part of the DZM.

  • The FZI Research Center for Information Technology uses the example of smart bus stops to show how existing urban infrastructure can support the operation of automated shuttles. Both the bus stop and the vehicle are equipped with sensors whose data is used by artificial intelligence not only to increase the safety of road users, but also to increase the scalability of automated and networked vehicles in the traffic environment.

  • The aim of regioKArgo is to develop a sustainable, holistic logistics concept for the Karlsruhe region. The LogIKTram, URBANE and regioKArgoTramTrain projects will be presented at the stand and are set to go into regular operation.

  • The joint mobility portal of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and the City of Karlsruhe offers comprehensive information on mobility issues in Baden, the Southern Palatinate and Northern Alsace. The platform provides free and mostly real-time data on motor vehicle and cycle traffic, public transport and multimodal mobility.

A presentation forum with numerous exciting presentations and project insights will take place at the join stand on all three days of the fair. For example, INIT will be presenting the research project “KARL – AI for work and learning in the Karlsruhe region”, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and in which a digital suggestion assistant for public transport control centers is being developed. The project is the central point of contact in the Karlsruhe region for questions relating to AI in the world of learning and work and brings together 17 project partners. They are all gathering insights into the design of the working world of tomorrow and testing them as models for explicit AI use cases. The complete presentation program can be viewed at

The Karlsruhe Mobility Lab will also be presenting at an IT-TRANS Market Update Forum on Wednesday, 15 May 2024 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. In the session “Improving public transport beyond city limits”, the Lab will present current solution components for integrative and seamless public transport of the future to trade fair visitors and conference participants.

The region enjoys recognition from politics and science due to its innovative climate. Well-known companies such as INIT and PTV are based here and successfully export mobility solutions “Made in TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe” all over the world. It is home to important institutions such as the Baden-Württemberg Institute for Sustainable Mobility and a site of the German Center for Future Mobility (DZM). As a university and research location, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is characterized by a high density of research projects and institutions in the field of mobility. “With our interdisciplinary applied research and the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab ecosystem, we want to improve the mobility of the future.”, says Dr.-Ing. Miriam Ruf from Fraunhofer ICT and Head of KAMO Central Office. The KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center is the association of Karlsruhe’s institutions for research, education, and transfer in the field of innovative mobility and logistics solutions (FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and the four Karlsruhe Fraunhofer Institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI, IWM), which develop innovative, interdisciplinary mobility solutions together with partners from industry, society and the public sector.The Managing Director of the KIT Mobility Systems Center, Dipl.-Ing. Eva-Maria Knoch, also sees the region as a hotspot for pioneering concepts for the mobility of the future and is looking forward to the IT-TRANS: “Within the KIT Mobility Systems Center we are focussing on Future Mobility Solutions based on the idea of Seamless Transport. As partner of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab we will present our research on Future Public Transport Systems with a special focus on User Acceptance and look forward to stimulating discussions.”

The partners of the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab at IT-TRANS 2024 are all major mobility players in the region.

In addition to TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, these are: Automotive Engineering Network e.V. (AEN), German Centre for Future Mobility (DZM), FZI Research Centre for Information Technology, INIT Group, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the Innovation Campus Future Mobility (ICM), the KAMO: Karlsruhe Mobility High Performance Center and the KIT Mobility Systems Center, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) with Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) and Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe (VBK), Messe Karlsruhe, PTV Planung Transport Verkehr GmbH, Tiefbauamt der Stadt Karlsruhe, TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK) and UITP Regional Training Centre Karlsruhe.

IT-TRANS – International Conference and Exhibition

IT-TRANS is the leading international conference and exhibition specialised in digitalisation and intelligent solutions for public transport. The event in Karlsruhe is the central meeting point for everyone involved in public transport: Focus topics include AI, payment and ticketing, cybersecurity, data governance and many more. UITP – The International Association of Public Transport and Messe Karlsruhe have been bringing the international public transport community together in Karlsruhe for this unique event since 2008. Join us on 14 -16 May 2024, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, Germany.

About the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab

Located in one of Germany’s central mobility and technology hubs, the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab is a globally recognized hub for the development of intelligent concepts for the urban and regional mobility of the future. Science, business, the public sector and innovative transport companies work together on an interdisciplinary basis within this unique ecosystem to improve public transport and develop new mobility concepts. The focus is on intelligent, networked, resource-conserving and sustainable mobility that reconciles environmental friendliness and mobility comfort.

Much has already been achieved in the Karlsruhe Mobility Lab: from a user-friendly mobility platform that integrates individual means of transport such as car and bike sharing and enables intermodal traffic control, autonomous first/last mile services in on-demand traffic, cross-border mobility solutions, an extensive cycle path network and innovative high-speed cycle paths and, last but not least, the globally recognized Karlsruhe Tram Train Model.

About TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH

TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH is a cross-regional and trans-national location marketing organisation focusing on business, innovation, science and research. Achieving progress by thinking ahead and testing and implementing ideas together – that’s the ethos behind the formation of TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH by its 34 shareholders from the worlds of business, science, and local authorities.
Their aim: to create a laboratory of the future specialising in energy, mobility and digitalisation with a view to accelerating the process from the initial idea to its ultimate realisation.
The shareholders in TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH are:
Local authorities: Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Bühl, Ettlingen, Gaggenau, Karlsruhe, Landau, Rastatt, Rheinstetten, Stutensee, and Waghäusel; Administrative Districts of Germersheim, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, and Südliche Weinstraße; Collectivité européenne d’Alsace (France); Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine; Business: 4L Vision GmbH, Badischer Gemeinde-Versicherungs-Verband, Bechtle GmbH & Co. KG IT-Systemhaus Karlsruhe, EnBW Kommunale Beteiligungen GmbH, evohaus GmbH, GRENKE AG, init innovation in traffic systems SE, Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix GmbH & Co. KGaA, MiRO MineraloelraffinerieOberrhein GmbH & Co. KG, Nussbaum Medien Verwaltungs-GmbH, SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co KG und Vulcan Energie Ressourcen GmbH; Karlsruhe Chamber of Trades and Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK). Science and research: FZI Research Centre for Information Technology and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The chair of the supervisory board is Mayor Dr Frank Mentrup (Karlsruhe) and the Managing Director Jochen Ehlgötz.

About the FZI

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with headquarters in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for information technology application research and technology transfer. It delivers the latest scientific findings in information technology to companies and public institutions and qualifies individuals for academic and business careers or the leap into self-employment. Supervised by professors from various faculties, the research groups at the FZI develop interdisciplinary concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients and implement the solutions found as prototypes. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for application research. The FZI is an innovation partner of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and strategic partner of the German Informatics Society (GI).

This press release was issued by TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH.

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