Environmentally friendly, networked and automated solutions are in demand for future mobility. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) are developing technologies for intelligent sustainable transportation systems, electromobility and autonomous driving, among other things. During a visit today (January 12, 2024), Baden-Württemberg's Minister President Winfried Kretschmann, Science Minister Petra Olschowski and Transport Minister Winfried Hermann learned about current research projects on site. The focus was on the Innovation Campus Future Mobility (ICM), in which KIT and the University of Stuttgart - funded by the state - are working on sustainable mobility and production solutions. The Baden-Württemberg Institute for Sustainable Mobility (BWIM) also presented itself as an independent think and do-tank that contributes to actively shaping the mobility transition in Baden-Württemberg.
The InnovationCampus Future Mobility
How can we maintain mobility while respecting the Earth's natural ability to regenerate? This is the question being investigated collaboratively by researchers from the University of Stuttgart, KIT, and other partners at the ICM. Since 2019, more than 300 researchers have been dedicated to exploring new solutions for the transition in transport and mobility. Key research areas include innovative approaches to electric motors without rare earths, resource-efficient manufacturing processes, and self-learning software systems for vehicles.
The ICM's primary objective is to develop groundbreaking technologies that contribute to sustainable and efficient mobility and production in the future, transcending geographical boundaries and academic disciplines. Additionally, the ICM is actively involved in promoting the transfer of these technologies to the industry. Simultaneously, the initiative is committed to attracting exceptional young researchers and supporting startups emerging from the scientific community.
As one of the largest initiatives focused on the future of mobility and production in Germany, the ICM has received funding from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research, and Arts. Specifically, it has been allocated over 65 million euros since 2019, being recognized as a focal point within the state's "Strategy Dialogue Automotive Industry."