MobiLab: Mobility Living Lab

The University of Stuttgart is focusing on an emission-free campus as a research and innovation laboratory. By 2035, the university should become climate neutral.

The University of Stuttgart is pursuing the following goals with Mobilab:

  • Climate neutral mobility at the University of Stuttgart (by 2035).
  • A pioneer in low-emissions mobility in practice and in research.
  • An attractive, high quality campus in Vaihingen.
  • Further development of Campus Vaihingen.

The university is planning to make Campus Vaihingen car free. Access to the campus would be provided via a central parking lot at the edge of the campus. Autonomous shuttles would connect this, and the central S-bahn station, to the campus. A rental system for autonomous scooters and RegioRad stations support the shuttle service and improve mobility.

These Mobilab measures will transform Campus Vaihingen into a comprehensive living lab, the perfect place to investigate research vehicles, research roads and research parking lots.

Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart.
Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart.

MobiLab defines a unique goal to reduce the mobility-related release of CO² of the entire University of Stuttgart. The Vaihingen campus is now the living laboratory for implementing far-reaching innovative approaches, by combining concrete measures that are to be implemented in the near future with future-oriented research activities.

Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart

Framework conditions

The Campus Vaihingen stands out with its good S-Bahn links.

The Campus Vaihingen is already very well connected by public transport. Staff and students also use public transport a lot. The Campus Vaihingen site also brings in people from beyond the immediate area, meaning a lot of people make relatively long journeys to get there. Most of the time, these journeys are by car. The combination of the parking facility management system and the car-free campus in connection with the new mobility options will lead to a fall in demand for car parking spaces of about one third.

Mobility Living Lab

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The pioneering "MobiLab" project at the University of Stuttgart is developing an innovative mobility concept for the zero-emission campus as part of an ideas competition organized by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art.

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Mobility concept

Parking facility at Campus Vaihingen.

Plans exist to build a parking facility in the Mobility Living Lab, which is due to be constructed on the edge of the campus by the B14 highway. It can be accessed directly from the B14. Energy will be generated by solar panels on the roof of the parking facility, which will be used to charge parked cars as well as the shuttle buses and the e-scooters. Smart grids will store and distribute energy intelligently and efficiently. In addition to this, new types of inductive charging will be tested in this research parking facility.

In cooperation with the City of Stuttgart, the regional bike rental system RegioRadStuttgart expands to include nine docking stations on the campus. There are four loan stations on campus, five more will follow. This will mean the campus is more accessible by bike.

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart are currently developing a self-driving e-scooter. This is due to be integrated into the e-scooter rental system on the campus. The e-scooters use a modern control system to drive to the next port of call without the need for a driver. A distribution algorithm optimizes the availability of the e-scooters on the campus. A self-driving e-scooter will replace ten normal e-scooters in an e-scooter rental system.

In the video: an autonomously driving e-scooter

Simulation eines Shuttel-Busses.

A campus shuttle connects the central parking facility and the S-Bahn with the main buildings on the campus. The shuttle should also serve as a testing ground for automated public transport and inductive charging while on the move.

The campus as a testing ground

The University of Stuttgart is developing its vision for an emissions-free campus in MobiLab. It will become a research campus, where new climate-neutral, electric and intelligent forms of mobility will be tested out.
The University of Stuttgart wants to:

  • develop and test new vehicles, for example a self-driving e-scooter or a self-driving shuttle which uses inductive charging to charge itself while moving (research vehicle).
  • develop new street concepts, which for example make inductive charging possible while the vehicle is moving (research street).
  • develop new parking facilities which can be used by automated electric vehicles and which as solar power plants also generate electricity at the same time (research parking facility).

Contact

This picture showsMarkus Friedrich
Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Markus Friedrich

Head of Chair for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering

This picture showsHans-Herwig  Geyer
Dr.

Hans-Herwig Geyer

Head of University Communications and Press Spokesperson

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