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SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption

Start: 01/2020

End: 09/2024

Autonomous vehicles represent a unique opportunity for fundamental change in urban mobility if they are integrated into a public transit network. If autonomous driving vehicles are deployed in shared and connected fleets, they could drastically reduce the number of cars on the road. The SHOW project aims to support the deployment of shared, connected and electrified automation in urban transit to promote sustainable urban mobility. During the project, real-world urban demonstrations will take place in 20 cities across Europe, exploring the integration of fleets of automated vehicles into public transportation and its special forms such as Demand Responsive Transport (DRT), Mobility as a Service (MaaS), and Logistics as a Service (LaaS). SHOW is the largest and most holistic initiative to date to test automated vehicles in urban environments. It brings together a strong partnership with 69 partners from 13 EU countries and promotes international cooperation through collaborations with organizations from the USA, South Korea, Australia, China and other countries. The project is divided into the nationwide megasites, which in turn consist of individual test sites. The FZI is in charge of the Karlsruhe site. A large number of different use cases are to be mapped in Karlsruhe. These range from highly automated rides in a controlled environment on KIT Campus East to rides in mixed traffic in Weiherfeld-Dammerstock. During these journeys, the aspect of telesupervision will also be presented. The idea behind telesupervision is monitoring and inspection from a central control station. The data required for this will be transmitted via the Car2X interface and the demonstrations will be carried out with various autonomous vehicles. The FZI will use an autonomous individual vehicle (CoCar) as well as autonomous shuttles for this purpose, whereby the latter can be used for both passenger and goods transport.


Sven Ochs

Research Scientist
Division: Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering

Research focus

Intelligent Transportation Systems and Logistics

Intelligent solutions for the transportation of people and goods represent a focus topic of FZI’s application research. Particular attention is paid to public transport, the application of artificial intelligence, the further development of driving functions and their safeguarding, and open source & open data.

Funding notice:
The SHOW project is funded by the European Commission within the framework of the EU funding program Horizon 2020.

Horizon 2020

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