26.06.2019

The FZI and the Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab Rely on Cooperation

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab sign a memorandum of understanding and plan a closer networking and the exchange of information and findings in the future.

Image source: FZI Research Center for Information Technology

Last week, a delegation including the FZI's Board of Executive Directors Jan Wiesenberger, Professor Andreas Oberweis and Professor J.Marius Zöllner visited the metropolitan area Tel Aviv. The Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab is located there, a consortium of cities, universities and companies, which want to forward the concept of a smart city in terms of traffic. Their joint efforts, to make the public as well as private transport more intelligent and to develop new solutions for future-oriented transport modes at the same time, was recorded by both partners in a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The FZI and the Israel Smart Mobility Lab declared in the agreement to connect cities, scientific institutions and companies from their region with each other and to support the exchange of information and findings. The activities primarily focus on the research of intelligent and autonomous mobility.

"The FZI wants to contribute with its interdisciplinary orientation to the successful transfer of findings on artificial intelligence from research into practice. In Karlsruhe, the FZI can look in the mobility sector in particular onto a network of innovative partners in the public transport, on the local level and from the economy, whose activities for a future-oriented mobility in the passenger and freight transport are internationally scalable," stated the Member of the FZI's Board of Executive Directors J.Marius Zöllner.

The signing of the MoU is a milestone in the internationalisation not only of the FZI, but also of the City of Karlsruhe: The common aim is to become both national and international initiator for smart mobility and autonomous driving.

"The agreement matches Karlsruhe, we are just like Tel Aviv at the forefront in the topics of mobility and digitalisation," declared Mayor Dr. Käuflein, who also accompanied the delegation. "In order to remain competitive in science and economy, international networking and cooperation is required."

The Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab maintains international partnerships with Singapore and Nice. Further information on the consortium can be found at: https://www.israellivinglab.org.il/