Smart mobility

Mobilitätsportal: So läuft der Verkehr rund um Karlsruhe

Mobility portal

Mobility portal: How traffic runs around Karlsruhe

Where does traffic move, where does it stall? What about parking or changing trains?
The overview map of the online mobility portal answers these and many other questions as a service for citizens that is unique in Germany. Interested parties can find out about the current traffic situation, current parking garage occupancy or bus and train departure times free of charge and mostly in real time.
The information platform bundles all information on motor vehicle and bicycle traffic, public transport and multimodal mobility. It is fed by traffic data from the states of Baden- Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and the French Collectivité européenne d’Alsace. The traffic flow is updated every three minutes and e-charging stations, disabled parking spaces, parking ticket or resident parking zones and the current occupancy of the parking garages can also be called up via the service. Information on ferry connections with a link to the timetables and an overview of bicycle rental services or car sharing stations complete the offer.
Karlsruhe is the origin of this “information package”, which was launched in 2010 as a city project and has since been expanded into a cross-border mobility platform. The portal reaches almost three million people. This makes online plannable mobility in the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion unique in Germany.

regiomove: Das Mobilitätsprojekt für Karlsruhe und die Region


regiomove: The mobility project for Karlsruhe and the region

regiomove is a pilot project that will run until the end of 2020. The aim of the regiomove app is to connect Karlsruhe’s existing transport services with those of the surrounding area and thus the entire Middle Upper Rhine region. Whether by train, bus, rental bike or car sharing. Whether rural or urban. They will all be integrated into a network that will transform the Karlsruhe Transport Association (KVV) into a mobility network.
regiomove is a lighthouse project of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and one of the TOP3 in the German Sustainability Award.

Smartes Verkehrsleitsystem entlastet Karlsruher Innenstadt

Smart traffic guidance system

Smart traffic guidance system relieves Karlsruhe city center

During the Advent season, the Civil Engineering Department uses a dynamic guidance system to control the volume of traffic in the city center and direct vehicles to alternative routes. Karlsruhe’s municipal utilities have developed and implemented the corresponding smart infrastructure and already tested it at the city festival in October 2019. At six locations on main roads, LED signs indicate the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to reach the city center. Depending on the traffic situation, the system directs passengers to the park-and-ride parking spaces.

Multiple data sources feed the Smart City platform

Stadtwerke uses various data sources to determine the traffic situation. They have installed so-called detection cameras at three relevant locations, which use thermal images to record the traffic flow and analyze whether traffic jams are forming. Persons or license plates are not recorded.
A smart city platform brings together all the data collected. Real-time occupancy data from various parking garages provided by the city of Karlsruhe is also included here. The platform processes the data and controls the variable message signs, i.e. the LED signs, at the roadside.

SMIGHT – multifunktionale Straßenlaternen für Karlsruhe


SMIGHT – multifunctional streetlights for Karlsruhe

In 2014, EnBW’s corporate start-up SMIGHT started with the idea of developing a street lamp that can do more than just light up. The result has been in place since 2015 in the form of two multifunctional street lamps on Karlsruhe’s Turmberg. They have energy-saving LED lights and also serve as charging stations for electric vehicles. They are also equipped with an emergency call button and sensors for recording environmental data. Above the rooftops of Karlsruhe, they offer visitors real added value and contribute to increasing the attractiveness of the Turmberg as a popular excursion destination.

Baden-Württemberg autonomous driving test field

Autonomous test field: real laboratory for research & innovation

The test field is a real laboratory for mobility concepts. It is intended to promote the development of future-oriented solutions for private and public transportation. Companies and research institutions can test their technologies and services relating to connected and automated driving in everyday traffic here. Under the leadership of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, a consortium is developing, planning and building the test field.
Part of the consortium are: FZI, City of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer IOSB, City and Region of Bruchsal and Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences. The Karlsruhe transport association KVV plays a decisive role as test field operator.


An app that makes the core functions of complex traffic models accessible

Fundamental decisions on mobility planning in municipalities are often made on instinct. The “MobileCity” app aims to change that. It makes the core functions of complex traffic models accessible – intuitively, as a game. Using Karlsruhe as an example, the effects and dependencies of various interventions in urban traffic on the climate, quality of life and finances can be experienced dynamically up to 2050. The factual images of the future are intended to make debates clearer and more informed, facilitate participation and also support teaching at universities and colleges. The app is based on scientific simulation and analysis models, expert knowledge and data from the city of Karlsruhe. It is the only app in the world that runs a complete traffic model locally on digital devices.