The transport systems and production techniques of the future need to be sustainable and efficient. This will require 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 is combining its world class research and innovation teams with those of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to develop new technologies quickly and flexibly, testing new approaches, and creating the basis for a wide range of innovations.
Beginning in 2019, the ICM now has more than 300 researchers involved in over 100 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 Germany’s largest initiatives on transport and production methods of the future. Solutions being 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:
Our research into Manufacturing Systems pursues the vision of digital production supported by fully flexible manufacturing technology. When demands on products change, production techniques must change as well: Systems, machines and processes in the automotive and supplier industries must be versatile, and software should be able to adapt automatically. On top of this, the production process itself offers great potential for reducing emissions.
In the field of Mobility Technologies, the ICM is working on the design of sustainable mobility systems and research into associated key technologies. In order to enable climate-friendly individual and public transportation, research teams are conducting research at all levels of the transport system, from comprehensive transport concepts to electric vehicles incorporating completely new components and processes.
The Software-System-Architectures research group links the mobility and production topics of the ICM with the advantages of using innovative software solutions. The aim is to develop fully reconfigurable and modular software architectures for transport and production solutions using approaches such as software-defined transport and software-defined manufacturing.