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Mobility of the future in Hamburg

Senate approves projects in six fields of action - German government allocates EUR 11.5 million

The senate adopted Tuesday a progress report specifying the goals of the ITS strategy up to 2021 and 2030 in six fields of action with some 30 projects now underway, according to the Ministry of Economics. Three of six fields of action have been earmarked for EUR 11.5 million allocated by the German government, the ministry added. Around EUR 4.8 million of those funds are to be invested in the “Automated and Networked Driving Test Track” project now that Hamburg has been selected to host the 2021 ITS World Congress.

Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, remarked: “Autonomous driving is still a dream of the future for many people, but the technology is already so advanced that it can be tested under real conditions in metropolitan traffic. We hope that this results in fewer accidents, more efficient transport and lower emissions.”


By 2020, nine kilometres of traffic lights in the city centre are to be upgraded to provide authorized vehicles with data required for automated driving in approved areas. From mid July, a new public transport offer is to be launched in Osdorf and Lurup – an on-demand shuttle that can be booked on an app. Practical tests of three IT service providers will begin on HVV routes in July to determine the most efficient software for the “Check-in/Be-out “ payment system.

ITS organising company founded

The senate has set up a company called ITS World Congress 2021 to organise the event from October 15-21, 2021 in Hamburg and appointed Harry Evers as Managing Director. The ITS will be held under the motto “Experience Future Mobility Now “ in CCH. Around 12,000 trade visitors are expected. The ITS Congress is the biggest of its kind and brings around 10,000 stakeholders from research, politics and commerce together.

Automated and networked cruising, ports and logistics, intelligent infrastructure, mobility services, drones, blockchain and artificial intelligence will top the agenda of ITS. The organising company now has to prepare Hamburg’s presentation at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen from September 17-21, 2018. The ITS World Congress rotates between Europe, the Asia Pacific region and the Americas and returns to Europe every three years.

Automated driving test route © Teststrecke automatisiertes Fahren BWVI

On-demand shuttle from VHH and ioki

From mid July, a new public on-demand shuttle service will be provided in Osdorf and Lurup by the Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) and ioki, Deutsche Bahn’s business unit for intelligent on-demand mobility*. Passengers on similar routes are automatically allocated to car pools and transported together. Customers can book the shuttle service on an app.

Internal tests of Check-in /Be-out

HVV passengers will no longer have to find answers to pesky issues about zones and the most suitable tickets e.g. single or day ticket in future. Bus and train travel at the press of a button on an app will be available and a new check-in/be-out procedure will allow passengers to check in and drive off quickly. Checking out will also be automated.

Sensors in car parks to improve forecasts

As part of the “Digital Parking” project by the Landesbetrieb Verkehr (LBV) and T-Systems International GmbH (TSI), sensors will be installed in 180 public parking spaces in St. Georg, 210 in Neustadt, 180 in the Altstadt and 30 in Hafencity from Q4 this year. Last winter, 40 parking spaces with sensors were tested in Wandsbek.

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