As an initially locally anchored initiative, the Living Lab Aachen addresses key topics in the focus area of social and technological aspects of novel mobility concepts. In the light of the North Rhine-Westphalian coalition agreement (timeframe: 2017-2022) and in view of the current social and political discussions on the problem area of inner-city air quality and traffic congestion in Aachen, the objectives pursued by the initiative are particularly important. The Living Lab Aachen is advancing as a overarching project with the goal of a cross-technology demonstration, testing and integration platform for citizens, the city and project partners.
In the Living Lab Aachen, concrete concepts from the future of electromobility in private transport and public transport will be made tangible through targeted presentation in a demonstration and test operation. Supportive technologies for the dissemination and implementation of electromobility, such as the range of charging techniques and their integration into the city and the personal life of the citizens, will be considered in the field of new propulsion systems. In addition, several charging infrastructure workshops with internal and external partners from research, industry and public institutions will focus on the prospects of technology and the nationwide provision of these charging technologies. In addition to the direct demonstration and testing of the considered techniques in the urban area, support is also given to physical places of encounter. As part of this, a pop-up store is planned in the city center of Aachen. Here, the citizens should be given background information and opportunities for citizens to participate. In addition to this physical point of contact, a digital platform will be created to use, for example, social media as a communication tool.
In the course of the Living Lab Aachen, data on local mobility behavior and traffic management in Aachen will first be collected with the support of various partners. In the course of this, an accompanying study on the mobility behavior of citizens and the corresponding wishes of citizens with regard to innovative mobility concepts will be set up in order to provide a basis for decision-making and to ensure measurability of the effects. In the area of digital mobility concepts, flexible public transport concepts in the sub-project "Smart Hiking" and urban logistics applications in the sub-project "Smart Delivery" are being investigated. The operation of new applications in a staggered set-up of diverse urban testing areas should demonstrate the benefits of simplified mobility planning and seamless operation of different modes of transport. In the project, however, the aspects of data protection and low-threshold access to these applications are also kept in view.
In the Living Lab Aachen, individual transport and public transport are both implemented and addressed in an open concept using different modes of transport. In the field of private transport, the presented spectrum of electromobility and technologies for automated parking with the advantages of time savings, comfort and inner-city land reclamation are shown and made available for the citizen via the demonstration mode. The focus of automated driving as a shuttle pilot operation with early testing in regulatory sandboxes will initially be launched in a multi-level framework in the area of the Aachen campus and then successively transferred to more complex urban environments. Not only technical aspects, but also factors of communication between humans and automated vehicles, for example by light signals, and legal framework conditions are considered. As a central testing area, the campus area also offers the opportunity to first test and display intelligent infrastructure such as networked traffic light systems, but also scenarios of vehicle-to-vehicle communication. At an overall level, linking traffic flow information, vehicles, and other levels of information in the city, a traffic management 4.0 system will allow this information to be aggregated to derive decisions for city traffic. In addition, innovative mobility solutions are generated in this urban innovation network, which in turn serve as the basis for the conception of novel business models. Both in the conception and in the testing, the citizens are integrated at all times, so that the needs of the society are addressed and actively introduced.
Phase 1: 14.05.2018 – 31.04.2021
Phase 2: Consolidation through the foundation of an own entity
Dr. Markus Kowalski