From September 7 to 12, 2021, scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) represented their research projects at the IAA Mobility. In keeping with the triad between science, business and society, MCube was part of the "Citizens Lab" at Marienplatz in the heart of Munich. The aim of the "Citizens Lab" was to bring together all those who want to jointly work out and understand mobility issues of the future and develop possible solutions.
IAA Mobility erstmals in München
With the move from Frankfurt to Munich, the IAA Mobility presented itself with a new concept this year. Lectures, discussions and presentations for the trade took place over several days in the exhibition halls in Riem. At the same time, information rooms were set up in downtown Munich to serve as "Open Spaces" for interested citizens. The goal: to make new mobility concepts freely accessible to the public, to test the new ideas and concepts, and to engage in a lively exchange.
In total, more than 400,000 visitors were counted at all venues. The "Open Spaces" in the city, and thus also the "Citizens Lab", were very well attended. In addition to exhibitors such as EIT Urban Mobility, HÜRO Mobility and the Senior Citizens' Advisory Council of the City of Munich, MCube was also present.
TUM: Bundled mobility competence as part of the Citizens Lab
In particular, with the expansion of the TUM.Mobility platform, TUM bundles research from various chairs that deal with innovation in the field of mobility. In addition to MCube, the TUM area of the "Citizens Lab" therefore included a bicycle simulator from the Chair of Traffic Engineering, through which visitors could test the new collision warning system on a ride through a virtual city. The TUM stand also offered insights into projects such as Providentia++, which deals with the topic of autonomous driving, or the Hyperloop project of the Faculty of Aeronautics, Astronautics and Geodesy, which is researching climate-neutral, ground-based means of transport for ultra-fast connections between mobility centres.
Participants of the MCube student project "euMOVE - European Mobility Venture" also presented part of their research results in the Dialog Arena, which was also part of the "Citizens Lab". The presentation followed the principle of Pecha Kucha, in which 20 consecutive images structure the presentation, but none of them can be seen for longer than 20 seconds.
In dialogues, presentations, demonstrations and extensive information material, general and individual questions, ideas and concerns of the civilian population were addressed here. Right in the middle: MCube as a regional network of actors from science, business and society. The interdisciplinary team of researchers informed visitors at the stand about the launch of the future cluster and exchanged views with visitors on the burning questions and challenges in the mobility sector. Central topics at the TUM stand in the "Citizens Lab" - such as sustainability, social justice and ethical issues surrounding automation - clearly showed that the road ahead will be exciting and must be shaped in a participatory manner.
MCube @IAA Mobility in the media
The press also picked up on MCube's presence at the IAA Mobility. Members of the MCube consortium were represented twice: In a 6 September 2021 feature of the ZDF heute JOURNAL, Professor Gebhard Wulforst, as head of the Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning, explains that he expects major changes in the form, drive and use of the car. Nevertheless, he emphasises:
"I think it's also important that we remain self-reliant in our own mobility choices."Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gebhard Wulfhorst
Furthermore, in an interview with the ZDF heute JOURNAL (7 September 2021), Professor Markus Lienkamp, as head of the Department of Automotive Engineering, predicts that the research results of his team will be used as a basis for the future:
"By the mid-2020s, electric vehicles will no longer be more expensive than internal combustion engine-powered vehicles."Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lienkamp