Project for sustainable mobility

Mobility Living Lab

The forward-looking project “MobiLab” at the University of Stuttgart is developing an innovative mobility concept for an emissions-free campus as part of an ideas competition launched by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

The University of Stuttgart wants to be a pioneer in low-emission mobility in the future, both in terms of research and putting it into practice. This is why it is taking part in the “Mobility concepts for an emissions-free campus” ideas competition. Students and employees should be able to study and work at an attractive and welcoming campus. This is why the campus should be car-free. In future, people could arrive at the Campus Vaihingen via a central car park on the edge of the campus. From there, the campus will be accessed by new types of low-emission mobility. The parking lots freed up as a consequence of this provide space for new developments.

Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart. (c)
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 concept

Parking facility at Campus Vaihingen. (c) Visualization HLRS

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 will be expanded to include nine docking stations on the campus. 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.

Simulation eines Shuttel-Busses. (c) Visualization HLRS

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).
Das MobiLab-Projektteam. (c)
Das MobiLab-Team auf der Abschlussveranstaltung zum „Ideenwettbewerb: Mobilitätskonzepte für den emissionsfreien Campus“ am 4. Oktober 2019 in der Hochschule für Technik, Stuttgart.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Friedrich, Holder of the Chair of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering, phone +49 711 685-82482, e-mail

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