Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg and forms with about 600,000 inhabitants the centre of the Stuttgart Region, which boasts in total 2.7 million inhabitants and employs 1 million people. Europe’s strongest region in terms of exports supports its strength through the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors. Companies such as Daimler and Porsche enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide. Several universities and numerous research institutions form together a diversified research landscape. Stuttgart is well-acquainted with all its transport-related challenges, which result from high mobility demand from citizens and the economy. Nonetheless, the city is also working hard on solutions for urban mobility aimed at increasing the quality of life and at reducing the negative impact of traffic on the environment.
CoEXist use cases in Stuttgart
Despite the city of Stuttgart has an excellent public transport system, a state of the art traffic management centre and has made several improvements for cycling, the city’s topography and the resulting network structure affect the reliability of the urban transport network. Congestion on the motorway can also influence the traffic flow in the urban area.
For this reason, the city is eager to explore what are the impacts of the AVs on road infrastructure and to what extent they can alleviate the traffic congestion in the city and its surroundings. Two uses case are foreseen for the city of Stuttgart within CoEXist:
Road capacity and travel time reliability
The city will explore how the introduction of AVs may increase the capacity of road infrastructure which is expected to be higher on motorways than in urban areas. This increased capacity and higher safety may reduce journey time and increase travel time reliability.
Level 5 driverless cars
Within CoEXist, Stuttgart will also examine the potentials of driverless cars for automated car ride-sharing services and their impact on public transport and urban traffic flow.