A project for the development of AI-based mobility concepts

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bergisch.smart_mobility: Artificial intelligence as an enabler for the mobility of tomorrow

Recent leaps in technological development – such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and data analytics – are driving the development of digital solutions for innovative mobility concepts and promise a wide range of possible applications, as for example in the field of adaptive traffic flow control, multimodal traffic services, highly automated or autonomous driving.

In addition to the new opportunities for mobility, the disruptive changes are also creating a need for action in areas such as securing economic competitiveness, attractiveness for companies, and participation and public welfare for the population. addresses these issues and develops tangible solutions in the test fields laboratories of »Bergisches Städtedreieck«. Participants in the project are the tech company APTIV Services Deutschland GmbH, the University of Wuppertal, WSW mobil GmbH, Neue Effizienz GmbH, the Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH, and the cities of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid.

The project consists of four fields of action: 1) Smart Vehicle Architecture and On-demand Services, 2) Smart Driving in the Neighborhood, 3) Traffic Management through Artificial Intelligence, and 4) Rethinking Mobility.

The focus lies on the development of a new architecture for on-board electronics and electrics in vehicles and new software solutions by APTIV Services Deutschland GmbH, as well as the test introduction of an on-demand driving service by WSW mobil GmbH. This is supplemented by the testing of sensors for automated driving by the University of Wuppertal, including the development of artificial intelligence to control automated driving. Furthermore, new mobility solutions for urban neighborhoods are being developed by Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH. The Bergische Universität Wuppertal, with the support of Neue Effizienz GmbH, will also address overarching issues of social acceptance of new mobility solutions. In the project, the cities of Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal will work with the other project partners to further develop their existing solutions for managing mobility on the basis of municipal geodata.

The project has a total volume of 24 million euros of which the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy is funding 13 million euros from the Digital Model Regions North Rhine-Westphalia program. The »Bergische Städtedreieck« consisting of Wuppertal, Remscheid and Solingen is one of five digital model regions in NRW.

The project is supported by members of Leading automotive suppliers and tech companies as well as the University of Wuppertal have joined forces in order to create new products and services in light of the profound change in the automotive and mobility industry through projects and initiatives such as, which will sustainably secure North Rhine-Westphalia as a location in the global competition.

Flagship Updates

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Fewer traffic jams due to autonomous vehicles
M.Sc. Jessica Malerczyk on traffic jams and how they can be reduced or prevented by autonomous vehicles
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Artificial intelligence for traffic flow management of the future
June 09, 2021 • Blog Post
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From the sign forest to the traffic sign cadastre of the future
Wuppertal’s digital directory of georeferenced street signs is online
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“Liability Law and Contract Drafting in the Smart City.”
april 15, 2021 • Expert workshop on automated mobility

Voices on the research project

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anton Kummert

Chair of General Electrical Engineering and Theoretical Communications Engineering Bergische Universität Wuppertal


»Artificial intelligence brings dynamics to the conception of tomorrow’s mobility. It opens up possibilities, but also increases complexity, enhances the competitiveness of our automotive industry, and significantly improves participation and public welfare. Bergisch.smart_mobility is establishing a test field lab in order to prototype these challenges, define standards, and provide a blueprint for supraregional implementability. AI unites business, science, regional institutions and society here.«

Thomas Lämmer-Gamp

Head of bergisch.smart_mobility office
Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH


»Artificial intelligence is certainly one of the central game changers of our economic, industrial and also social development. In Germany, we still haven’t fully understood the opportunities this new technology is offering. Our discussion is still too strongly characterized by worries and fears. With our project, we want to show that this is unfounded and that AI offers great opportunities. Bergisch.smart_mobility combines AI as an element of vehicle architecture and traffic control with the smart city of tomorrow and the people who live in it in a very exciting way.«

Dr. Christian Temath

Managing Director KI.NRW


»We are pleased to be the patron of the bergisch.smart_mobilty project and to support the project in terms of expertise and communication. The project shows that artificial intelligence applications will shape entire lifeworlds in the future. The design of tomorrow’s mobility can only succeed if experts from different fields work together and share their knowledge in a network. This interdisciplinary approach is put into practice at bergisch.smart_mobility and moves the Bergisches Land region forward as a location for innovation.«

Flagships powered by KI.NRW

Operating under the brand “Flagships powered by KI.NRW“, the Artificial Intelligence Competence Platform North Rhine-Westphalia supports projects funded by the state as AI lighthouse projects in order to support efficient technology transfer and close cooperation between SMEs, startups, universities, colleges and research institutions in NRW. Under the strategic auspices of KI.NRW, the competence platform provides communications support for the projects and positions NRW as an AI location by marketing the results at European level. One focus is on the sustainable transfer and further utilization of the project results.

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