Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering

The cities we inhabit will radically be transformed throughout the upcoming decades: Not only will they have to deal with a constantly increasing population, but also with climate change, resource scarcity, demographic change, and people’s increasing wealth.

Cities represent the most important field for innovative technologies and intelligent concepts for sustainable development – and one of the biggest future markets.

Alongside this urban development, mobility as central puzzle piece in a future-oriented and livable city will change fundamentally as well. Mobility concepts capable of bearing future cities’ requirements and challenges will develop apart from conventional technologies and supply.

Around 40 employees from the fields of Engineering, City Planning, Computer Science, Economic Science, and Sociology contribute their expert knowledge to interdisciplinary creating inspiring systems solutions for mobility and future cities in our business area Mobility and Urban Systems Engineering (MUSE).

Dealing with applied science we are ever so interested in developing and testing solutions together with cities and industry partners until the stage of implementation maturity. 

Key aspects of our work are:

  • Electromobile Systems: urban and inter-urban charging infrastructure, joint use of electric vehicles, e-logistic concepts, integrated fleet and charge management
  • Urban Mobility: intermodality, mobility comfort, mobility concepts for urban space
  • Cities: Morgenstadt – City of the Future, sustainable city quarter concepts, resilient cities 
  • Energy: micro smart grids including electric vehicles, logistics containers offering super-charging stations, buffer storage and PVs
  • Sharing Systems: technical and organizational solutions for the collaborative use of goods, sharing depots, development of collaboratively used products

Latest News


“Urban Space” pilot course for professionals

What will urban spaces of the future look like? Smart cities represent a major challenge for public sector employees. With its “Urban Space” pilot course, Fraunhofer IAO has developed an innovative theoretical and practical training concept offering representatives from industry and administration ideal preparation for the cities of the future.

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Electric vehicle fleet with charging infrastructure

To study the broad range of questions that electromobility presents and to translate a variety of research topics from theory into practice, Fraunhofer IAO operates an extensive fleet of electric vehicles and the necessary charging infrastructure. This consists of more than 30 alternating-current (AC) charge spots, each delivering a charging capacity of up to 22 kW per vehicle, as well as several direct-current (DC) charge spots for charging capacities of up to 150 kW per vehicle. In addition to the research vehicles, we offer electric vehicles for everyday use in the fleets of several institutes on campus.

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Ludwigsburg goes digital

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has selected the city of Ludwigsburg as one of 20 communities for the second phase of the City of the Future competition. Under the slogan “Digitalization, participation and the city,” Ludwigsburg’s sustainable urban development department and Living Lab business unit is joining with Fraunhofer IAO to proactively promote digitalization and make it an urban reality.

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New study on Smart Cities published

A joint study by the BBSR, PwC and Fraunhofer IAO clearly shows: municipalities must make digitisation a strategic task to remain independent and empowered. They must address changes in the economy to be able to offer companies an attractive, networked environment. And they must have all population groups on board on the way to a Smart City – even those that are already unable to cope with today’s digital world. The results are being fed into the Smart City Charta for Germany.

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Second Network Meeting Morgenstadt

On the 28th and 29th of June 2017, the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Initiative will host the second network meeting of the year in Porto. The participants expect a varied program for a variety of Smart City topics. The 28th June will take place together with the European network SmartImpact.


Finance in the Smart City

In collaboration with the British embassy of Germany, Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Initiative, and LSE Enterprise, Fraunhofer IAO has successfully hosted last week’s “Finance in the Smart City” Conference on the Fraunhofer campus in Stuttgart. As one of the first events focusing on this specific topic, the conference brought together German and British Smart City experts, representatives of municipalities, financial service providers and insurance professionals as well as a wide range of private companies.


Smart data analysis for transport in Stuttgart

The overburdening of city transport systems is becoming an increasing challenge. But before cities can take concrete action, they need to gather precise traffic data.