In Hamburg, for the first time, a comprehensive study is being conducted on how digitization will affect mobility in the coming years in urban and rural areas. Hamburg residents can try out the new digital mobility services for themselves, such as the introduction of a mobility budget, and get actively involved via participation and dialog events. On 15.07.In 2020, the future checks were handed over to the approximately 30 project partners.
Funding decision for RealLabHH
– Hamburg will become a Digital Mobility Real Lab by the end of 2021, testing innovative mobility offerings in ten subprojects ranging from mobility platforms and autonomous driving to the use of microdepots to reduce logistics traffic and on-demand shuttles.
– Led by Hamburger Hochbahn AG, more than 30 project partners are developing digital mobility solutions in a shared ecosystem in Hamburg and the metropolitan region.
– In Hamburg, the offers themselves are being tested and participants can get actively involved through participation and dialogue events.
– The findings of the research project will be presented at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg in October 2021.
The handover of the funding decision marked the start of a comprehensive research project based on the initiative of the National Platform for the Future of Mobility (NPM). A total of eleven subprojects will help to better answer the following question: How can digitization make the transportation system more sustainable, safer, more comfortable and more reliable? This applies equally to the movement of people and goods, whether in rural areas with their specific mobility requirements or in an urban context.
Klaus Fröhlich, head of WG 3 of the NPM until the end of June 2020:
In the NPM, over the past year and a half, we have already been able to develop many recommendations for action on the digitization of mobility. However, when it comes to complex issues such as the willingness of citizens to change their usage behavior in the case of new mobility offers or the ability of different modes of transport to cooperate in the case of intermodal mobility offers, it is necessary to test new solution approaches in reality. The Reallabor in Hamburg is the space in which it will be demonstrated over the next few months whether and how ideas and possibilities for extensively networked mobility can actually be implemented in everyday life.
Henrik Falk, Chairman of the Board of Hamburger Hochbahn AG:
In recent years, Hamburg has become a hub for intelligent, forward-looking mobility solutions. Reallabhh heralds the next stage of evolution in the process. Because the dovetailing of relevant players down to the project level aimed at here means additional momentum for innovations.
Rüdiger Kruse, chief rapporteur for transport and digital infrastructure in the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag:
Digitization is one of the keys to enabling the transport sector to make its contribution to greater sustainability and climate protection. But new forms of locomotion must also be practical and geared to the needs of citizens. That's why I'm pleased that, on my initiative in the Budget Committee, the 'RealLABHH' is being realized in Hamburg, giving another powerful push to the development and real-life testing of digital mobility solutions.
Presentation of results at the 2021 ITS World Congress in Hamburg, Germany
The central goal of the RealLabHH project is to create recommendations for action to redesign the mobility system in an environmentally and climate friendly way. At the ITS World Congress 2021, the results and demonstrators of the reallab will be presented in and around Hamburg. Supported by the ministry, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is hosting the world's largest congress for intelligent transport systems and services, which will be held by 11. To 15. October 2021. The RealLabHH project runs until the end of 2021. Funded by the ministry to the tune of around 21 million euros.
About the NPM – National Platform Future of Mobility
The National Platform Future of Mobility brings together experts from politics, the private sector, associations, research institutions and NGOs to develop concepts for sustainable, environmentally and climate-friendly, affordable and competitive mobility in Germany. Chaired by Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, six working groups develop technology-neutral, cross-modal recommendations for action for policymakers, industry and society.
About Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Founded in 1911, Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HOCHBAHN) is the consortium leader of RealLabHH. As a transportation company, HOCHBAHN transports more than 1.2 million passengers a day with its own fleet of more than 250 metro vehicles and around 1,000 buses. Round 6.000 employees work around the clock at HOCHBAHN to ensure attractive local public transport and convenient, future-oriented mobility in Hamburg.