The mobility and production of the future are sustainable, efficient and made in Baden-Württemberg. This requires breakthrough technologies - from innovative vehicle drives to versatile production processes. The goal of the InnovationCampus Future Mobility (ICM) is to shape this change. In the ICM, the University of Stuttgart combines its competencies in research and innovation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to jointly develop new technologies quickly and flexibly, test new approaches, and create the basis for leap innovations.
As of 2019, more than 300 researchers in over 80 research projects and 50 research institutes are working on electric motors without rare earths, innovative manufacturing technologies and self-learning software systems for vehicles. The ICM is one of the largest initiatives on mobility and production of the future in Germany. Initial solutions developed at the ICM show that economic success and ecological responsibility are by no means mutually exclusive, but can even complement each other.
The ICM focuses on cross-disciplinary application-oriented basic research in three research fields:
The research field pursues the vision of digital production supported by fully flexible manufacturing technology. When demands on products change, production must change as well: Systems, machines and processes in the automotive and supplier industries must be versatile, and software should adapt automatically. On top of this, the production process itself offers great potential for reducing emissions.
The research field Mobility Technologies is working on sustainable mobility solutions for powertrains of the future. In order to jointly manage the transformation of mobility and enable climate-friendly individual and public transportation, the scientists are conducting research at all levels of the mobility system: from comprehensive mobility concepts to electric vehicles and completely new components and designs to methods and processes for product development.
In addition, the research field Software-System-Architectures links the mobility and production topics of the ICM with the advantages of using software solutions. The aim is to develop fully reconfigurable and modular software architectures for mobility and production solutions using software-based approaches such as software-defined mobility and software-defined manufacturing.