Postponed: IT-TRANS with Innovations for Urban and Regional Mobility from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

Update (02.03.2020): Due to recent developments regarding the coronoavirus in Germany, the organisers and Messe Karlsruhe have decided to postpone the event. As soon as a new date is known, it will be announced.

Experts from the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems), the KIT Institute for Transport Studies (Institute for Information Processing Technologies), the Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe and TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH will have a common booth at the conference and exhibition IT-TRANS at Messe Karlsruhe. 

Under the umbrella of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, they will present their innovations for a sustainable mobility, between May 3 and 5, 2020 at hall 1, booth A1: The interconnected and autonomously driving mini bus "EVA Shuttle", developed by a project consortium led by the FZI, shall usefully complement public transport systems, by transporting people between bus stops and front doors and thus solve the problem of the last mile. Its technological infrastructure will be presented at IT-TRANS, there will also be a live link-up of the Test Area for Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg.

KIT tests the interaction of autonomous trams on a fully automated tram depot in its project "AStriD". Time-consuming shunting movements to sidings or through car washes take place even without a driver! A further look into the future allows an interactive tram window "Smart MMI", developed at the Institute of Ubiquitous Mobility Systems at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. It shows on its transparent display panels complex travel data in order to better inform passengers about disruptions, plan amendments and services.

At the booth, the KIT Institute for Transport Studies will present its model for the research of the user behaviour in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, also participating in the project regiomove with it. It shall provide customised solutions for the intermodal mobility of the future. The High Performance Center for Mobility Research Karlsruhe provides, for visitors interested in cooperations, a bundled access to the mobility research of its institutions: Its topics reach from questions concerning the user behaviour to sustainable drive systems and up to the automation and interconnection.  "At IT-TRANS, we will get to know extremely exciting innovations for the public transport of the future. The fact that our region bundles so many competencies in modern mobility, builds on the excellent collaboration of economy, science and the public sector", rejoices Jochen Ehlgötz, managing director of the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH.

He sees in the newly founded UITP Academy Karlsruhe a particularly successful cooperation, which was established in the partnership of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion with the International Association of Public Transport UITP. The TRK booth will provide information on the training opportunities of the UITP Academy. It also organises the training "Grundlagen des ÖPNV" (foundations of public transport) parallel to IT-TRANS – thereby, participants will be guided, amongst others, though selected booths."The world's first manned, all-electric vertical take-off aircraft developed by the air taxi start-up Volocopter in Bruchsal, will certainly be another highlight. It can be found in the entry area in hall 1 in immediate proximity to our booth," states Jochen Ehlgötz.

During the three-day IT-TRANS, mobility experts from the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion will also give lectures during the programme "Market Update Forum" each with 20 minutes sessions on automation in public transport: OnMarch 4, 2020, Prof. Dr. Eric Sax from KIT will share his knowledge on the project "AStriD" and the automation of the tram depot between 11:00 a.m and 12:30 p.m. Dr. Alexander Viehl (FZI Research Center for Information Technology) will address the topic of "Infrastrukturgestützte Automatisierung im ÖPNV" (infrastructure-based automation in public transport), whereas Michael Madel from INIT GmbH will give an lecture on the automation in intermodal transport control systems. An overview on the progress of regiomove, the pilot project on interconnecting all transport offers in the Middle Upper Rhine region, will be given by Dr. Frank Pagel from the Karlsruhe Transport Authority.

Further information can be found at: www.trk.de/mobilitaet and www.it-trans.org

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About the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH
The TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH, founded in 2017, is a regional, statewide and transnational site marketer with a main focus on economy, innovation and science. Thinking together, testing and doing – for this purpose, 28 shareholders from economy, science and municipalities have joined forces in the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH. Their goal: To be the motor for the topics of energy, mobility and digitalisation as well as to accelerate the process from the idea to the realisation. Thus, solutions for urgent future questions shall be developed and the innovation of the region shall be forwarded. The shareholders are: the cities of Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Bühl, Ettlingen, Gaggenau, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Rheinstetten, Stutensee and Waghäusel; the districts of Germersheim, Karlsruhe, Rastatt and Südliche Weinstraße; the French department Bas-Rhin, the Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine; the companies 4L Vision GmbH, Badischer Gemeinde-Versicherungs-Verband, EnBW Kommunale Beteiligungen GmbH, evohaus GmbH, GRENKE AG, MiRO Mineraloelraffinerie Oberrhein GmbH & Co. KG and SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co KG; the chambers Karlsruhe Chamber of Trades as well as the Karlsruhe Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the scientific institutions FZI Research Center for Information Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The Chairman of the Supervisory Board is Lord Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup (Karlsruhe), the Managing Director is Jochen Ehlgötz.