An interdisciplinary group of more than 40 researchers will work on novel solutions for the smart cities of the future.
The new ‘Mobility and Urban Systems’ engineering group has been established at the Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering (IAO) in Stuttgart, Germany, with the goal of tackling multiple issues including overpopulation, climate change, demographic shifts, rising living standards and the scarcity of natural resources.
The researchers believe that to manage the future urban life, cities will have to become 'smart', putting into action a whole new range of sustainable technologies.
At the heart of the Fraunhofer IAO’s project is future mobility. The team of engineers, urban planners, computer scientists, economists and sociologists is working together with industry representatives, to deliver the best solutions for future transportation.
The optimal solution would include shared electric vehicle fleets, new logistics concepts as well as smart charge management systems. When combined, these should be able to provide a sustainable mobility concept for future urban areas.
Equipped with Germany’s largest charging facility, located at the parking bay of the Fraunhofer Campus in Stuttgart, and a research fleet of 30 electric vehicles, Fraunhofer IAO offers the perfect platform for the testing.
The goals set out for the futuristic cities include also CO2 neutrality, maximum energy efficiency and adaptability to the climate change.
Smart grids would be a must, integrated into micro-networks incorporating electric vehicles and various energy storage systems and sources.
Based on the electric mobility concept, the researchers believe that sharing of technologies and goods will become a future standard, requiring producers to design their products with sharing in mind.