Within seven initialization projects, the researchers of various institutions work together on key topics for the mobility systems of the future.

 A central concern of the Profilregion Mobilitätssysteme Karlsruhe is the cross-institutional integration of the partners involved. To initiate this networking, seven initialization projects, in which researchers from different partner institutions are involved, were launched to develop the selected focus topics.

Within a wide thematic range, the solutions for the mobility systems of tomorrow are worked on in regards to the changing requirements of the users.

Through the initialization projects, the mobility requirements that are changing as a result of increased urbanization and the ageing of society are analyzed and addressed with new mobility concepts and concrete technical solutions. Thereby, the necessary changes and enhancements to the urban infrastructure and traffic flows, as well as their respective modells, are developed in order to satisfy the increasing autonomy and electrification of vehicles. At the same time, an ever-stronger networking and cooperation between vehicles and transport users, which is realized through a reference implementation in a demonstrator with the relevant interfaces, are pursued. Simultaneously, research on the necessary and secure ICT platform for this purpose is conducted, and the platform is prototypically constructed. In a different project, a technical demonstrator and the ICT services related to it are developed in the KIT Campus Ost testing site to call a self-driving, fully-automatic vehicle per mobile phone (or other similar devices) as a taxi for a journey to a desired location. Another project addresses the increasing complexity and variability in the design of hybrid electric drive systems. By selecting suitable utilization cases and a purposeful design of the electrical and combustion-driven subsystem, the greatest possible efficiency can be achieved with the help of kinetic and thermal energy recuperation. The propulsion system is validated on the basis of simulation models. The next project develops alternative fuels, a variable test engine and ignition systems in order to investigate possible efficiency increases and CO2 reduction potentials. Parallel to this, the increasing requirements on lightweight construction are implemented by means of an intelligent material combination using the example of an electric compressor for internal combustion engines in a hybrid material mix.