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 associated partners. Seven initialization projects, involving researchers from various partner institutions, were launched to kickstart this networking and develop the selected focus topics
Within a wide range of topics research is performed on solutions for future mobility systems. Constant attention is payed on changing user requirements.

Through initialization projects, dynamic mobility requirements-- that stem from increased urbanization and societal development-- are analyzed and addressed with new mobility concepts and concrete technical solutions.

Necessary changes, extensions and models of the urban infrastructure and traffic flows are further developed to satisfy the increasing autonomy and electrification of vehicles.

Simultaneously, a stronger networking and cooperation between vehicles and road users is realized through a reference-implementation in a demonstrator with the relevant interfaces. Simultaneously, research is conducted on the necessary and secure ICT platform, which is prototypically constructed.

In one of the projects, a demonstrator and associated ICT services were set up to call a self-driving, fully autonomous vehicle by mobile phone (or similar), as a taxi for the journey to the desired location. The test area was at KIT Campus Ost.

Another project addresses the increasing complexity and variety in the design of hybrid electric drive systems. Through the selection of suitable use cases and the targeted design of the electrical and combustion-powered subsystems, the greatest possible efficiency can be achieved with the help of kinetic and thermal energy regeneration.

In the next project, alternative fuels, a variable test engine and ignition systems are developed to investigate possible efficiency increases and CO2 reduction potentials together with newly developed, low-friction surfaces.

In another project, the increasing requirements for lightweight construction are implemented through intelligent material combinations using the example of an electric compressor for internal combustion engines in a hybrid material mix.