Karlsruhe Mobility Region: the model region for mobility in Europe

When it comes to planning the future of mobility, the city of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion have strong regional networks and are well represented on international panels of experts.

The Karlsruhe Model, RegioMOVE and the autonomous driving project Testfeld Autonomes Fahren are just some of the projects we are involved in that are helping to shape the transport of the future. As part of the thematic partnership for the EU’s Urban Mobility project, Karlsruhe is also involved in setting the urban agenda at the European level. Together with the European Commission, EU member states, experts and interest groups, Karlsruhe is working on the theme of Urban Mobility against the backdrop of its many research institutions and its experience in developing innovative and sustainable transport concepts. The three-year project is being coordinated by Karlsruhe together with the Czech Republic. More information on the EU thematic partnership can be found here.

The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion is a trendsetter in future-oriented mobility beyond Europe’s borders as well. From 15 to 17 May 2017, we showcased our expertise in this field to mobility experts from all over the world at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal, Canada. Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (KMK) coordinated the delegation of experts from the worlds of research and business, which also included representatives of the PTV Group, INIT, Karlsruher Verkehrsbetriebe (VBK), TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe GmbH (TTK), the FZI IT Research Centre and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The close cooperation between business, science and the public sector in this area is key to the success of the mobility region. You’ll find more information on this here.

promotional film created specifically for the Transport Summit (“Karlsruhe moves the world”) provides a brief portrait of some of the key players in the Karlsruhe Mobility Region.

The Regionalkonferenz Mobilitätswende (regional conference on greening mobility), which took place in Hockenheim for the first time on 11 May, is a shining example of this close cooperation at the regional level. The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (MRN) and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion have been working closely together to develop solutions against the backdrop of technological and social change for many years. With this regional conference, they are aiming to encourage players in the mobility sector to share knowledge and ideas in a new event format. Expert forums, panel discussions and keynote addresses from experts and political decision-makers offer in-depth insights into current trends and developments in the mobility arena. You can find more information about this conference here.

The next Regionalkonferenz Mobilitätswende will be in Bruchsal in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion on 14 June 2018.

Like two sides of a coin, transport and mobility are variables that are strongly dependent on settlement structure and land use. Mobility should therefore be seen from both a technological and a social perspective. Ultimately, the decisive factor in developing a mobility concept is the needs of residents and their individual living situations. Thus the fact that Karlsruhe is Germany’s second cycling capital, the role the city plays as a testing ground for the development of autonomous driving and, most of all, the exemplary expansion of Karlsruhe’s tram system, which is attracting recognition from across the globe, clearly emphasise the extent to which the Karlsruhe Mobility Region serves as an international role model.