Future Urban Mobility TUMCREATE 2017

If a city is viewed from above, it is a world in motion: trains carry people to and from work, taxis circulate, trucks deliver goods and carry away garbage, pedestrians walk down city blocks, cyclists zip through traffic. In other words, mobility is the bloodstream of our cities and is essential for urban life. Technological innovations in the form of electrification, connectivity, and autonomy are on the horizon. The combination of urban expansion and rapid innovation will inevitably drive significant changes – what will the consequences be for future urban mobility? 1


The simulation of an urban landscape at Deep Space 8K and a team member of TUMCREATE walking the  virtual city. Credit: Markus Scholl


Urban mobility needs to be analysed holistically, so we can understand how the infrastructure and people interface and interact, and the impact it has on ecology and society. Therefore, TUMCREATE, together with ARS Electronica Future Lab, has developed an Interactive Virtual City (IVC) within the Deep Space 8K – a state-of-the-art interactive 3D visualisation platform. Using the IVC, future mobility concepts can be simulated, social acceptance of new technologies can be assessed and the impact of new transportation concepts on the infrastructure, like road, energy grid and vehicle fleets can be studied.



Furthermore, the 3D immersive and responsive environment of this novel tool is equipped with human-in-the-loop simulation to understand how people react to autonomous vehicles (AV). Human responses to various AV communication strategies can be easily sensed, tested and verified, without necessarily working on prototypes and conducting tests in real world situations, which are much more time, effort and finance intensive.


The Perspective of the oculus rift wearer is displayed in 3D on the 16×9 metre display behind him.  Credit: Markus Scholl


This research tool allows us to have an impressive, detailed visualization and to experience the vehicle concepts, mobility systems and operation strategies “live” as it were, and at city level. This rich visualization makes it understandable and transparent to scientists, students and people from all backgrounds.


To give the real people a sense of inner city action, there also virtual pedestrians and other vehicles roaming the city. Credit: Markus Scholl


1) TUMCREATE Limited, 1 Create Way, #10-02 CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602. www.tum-create.edu.sg. The project is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation, Singapore, under its Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) programme.


Ars Electronica Futurelab: Peter Freudling, Roland Haring, Christopher Lindinger,  Michael Mayr, Poorya Piroozan, Clemens Francis Scharfen, Marianne Ternek

TUMCREATE: Rahul Gujarathi, Yude Lee, Goran Marinkovic, Suraj Nair, Pranjal Swarup, Jiajian Xiao, Daniel Zehe