NFF: Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen, Germany (Website)

The lead of UrbanSmartPark is managed by the NFF, which is an interdisciplinary Research Centre at TU Braunschweig, organized as an association of 38 institutes from 5 faculties. NFF belongs to the academic center of the most research-intensive region in Germany. NFF bundles interdisciplinary research and innovation projects with industrial partners and various research organizations. The NFF has a unique combination of expertise and an established organizational structure for joint interdisciplinary research in all fields of future mobility. Three institutes allocated at the NFF are involved in the project:  The Institute of Automotive Engineering (IAE), the Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production with the Chair of Service Management (AIP-DLM) and the Institute of Law. The IAE has its expertise in working on many different projects together with the stakeholders of the automobile industry. For handling experimental questions, the institute possesses a lot of test beds as well as own research vehicles for autonomous driving. Innovative business models in mobility are part of most projects of the AIP-DLM whereby research focus is the design of customer-oriented and economically successful business models. The Institute of Law established a research unit for mobility law handling topics around goods and passenger transportation.

Fraunhofer Supply Chain Services (FH SCS), Germany (Website)

Fraunhofer IIS/SCS has a great expertise at the selection and evaluation of IoT devices for different use Cases and offers test facilities. A currently running example project for the named activities is There are a high number of challenges to software that emerged with the rise of IoT. Today’s software needs to be highly scalable and flexible, often running on cloud solutions. This lead to new approaches at the level of software architecture. Inside the Project Data4Services Fraunhofer IIS/SCS was able to gain deeper insides about modern software solutions (Microservices Architectures and Cloud Solutions). The connection between different systems and technologies is still a great challenge due to a high heteronomy between protocols and data modelling. Fraunhofer IIS/SCS has experience at closing the semantic gap between existing systems.

Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Information Theory and Automation (UTIA), Czech Republic (Website)

UTIA has conducted performance research projects in cooperation with municipalities e.g. Mlada Boleslav, Prague. The training of Experts and education of Students is done as well as supervision of full PhD studies and postdoctoral stays. UTIA is an active partner in programs like Horizon 2020, ARTEMIS, ENIAC and a technology agency of Czech Republic. There is a participation in national/european R&D projects with numerous partners from RIS countries. The company is Implementing novel and advanced modelling tools and testing procedures, specific for the energy efficiency optimisation of the fully electric vehicle. In addition to that, UTIA is an active partner in national and international standard organizations like CSN/CEN/ISO.

Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) (Website)

CTU in Prague in one of the largest technical universities and oldest technical universities in Central Europe. Its eduactors and scientists dispose of wide range of specializations, experience and know-how. Department of vehicles of the Faculty of Transportation sciences has more than 15 years of experience with HMI research and interactive vehicle simulation. ČVUT FTS partnered on research tasks particularly with VW AG – Škoda Auto, VW as well as with Porsche Engineering. There is also close collaboration with cities and public institutions in Czech. Most of research tasks include topics related to HMI and ergonomics, smart cities, user experience and optimizing interfaces. One of the most researched topic in last years was implementation of autonomous vehicles in (city) mobility. Scientists from CTU are also members of ISO/TC204 group for Intelligent transport systems, developing standards for highly automated vehicle systems (incl. automatic parking ) and Car2X communication standards.


Siemens Industry Software and Services B.V., The Netherlands (Website)

Safe Mobility: Groundbreaking solutions and services for passive, active and integrated safety. With the increasing possibilities of technology, the demands on safety grow simultaneously: on-board and around vehicles. For over 30 years Siemens PLM provides cutting-edge simulation software (including the industry-standard MADYMO), testing services, and engineering safety solutions. Fast, accurate and reliable.
Green Mobility: In the next decade, stringent emission legislation creates the need for new innovative technologies to achieve the standards for low CO2 (CAFÉ) and NOx emissions. Siemens PLM specializes in supporting developments in automated and connected driving, which also can have a positive effect on optimizing vehicle performance while minimizing emissions (such as Simcenter Amesim).
Smart Mobility: Smart mobility means integrating vehicle subsystems with its surroundings. Smart vehicle technology will enable reduction of the number of traffic accidents as well as reduction of emissions and fuel consumption. If existing navigation and safety systems are extended with communication to infrastructure and other vehicles (cooperative systems), smart vehicles will also enable better traffic flow. Siemens PLM offers reliable and proven technology solutions for smarter vehicles and real-life safety improvements (such as Simecenter Prescan).
Simcenter PreScan is a physics-based simulation platform that is used in the automotive industry for development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as well as connected automated driving (CAD) that are based on sensor technologies such as radar, laser/lidar, camera and GPS. PreScan is also used for designing and evaluating vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication applications as well as autonomous driving applications. PreScan can be used from model-based controller design (MIL) to real-time tests with software-in-the-loop (SIL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) systems.

SKODA Auto a.s. (Skoda), Czech Republic (Website)

SKODA Auto a.s. is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world. Its history stretches back to 1895 when Václav Laurin and Václav Klement set up a company that gave rise to a tradition of manufacturing Czech 10 cars which has continued for over a hundred years. The position of the Company in the automotive industry has always been and always will be unmistakable, in a large part because it has been part of the VOLKSWAGEN Group for more than 25 years. It has become a strong, internationally successful company that is active on more than 100 markets and offers its customers a total of eight model lines.


City of Hamburg

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and central logistic hub. It is home to an extensive port. The City of Hamburg is promoting state-of-the-art technologies with the aim of becoming a showroom for innovative mobility. Efficient urban mobility is a key topic for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. This is mainly due to the current challenge of population growth and the requirements for air pollution control, noise reduction and climate protection. For this reason, Hamburg has set itself the goal to play a leading role in the field of “Urban Mobility”, a part of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Hamburgs running project “Hamburg box” which aims to reduce the need for parcel delivery via smart lockers at highly frequented intersections for public transport can serve as a blueprint for some parts of the project. As Intelligent parking is a focus topic of the city’s ITS-strategy and Hamburg will be the host of the ITS World Congress 2021, the city offers several possibilities not only to test outcomes of this project but also to demonstrate them to a range of experts from all over the world as well as the broad public in Hamburg.

City of Helmond

Helmond is a medium sized city in the south of the Netherlands, with presently about 90,000 inhabitants. Helmond is part of the programme in the South of the Netherlands, which focuses on realising the smoothest, safest, smartest and most robust mobility network possible in the Netherlands and Helmond is home to the Automotive Campus, where over 35 companies work on innovative mobility solutions and which plays a role as a physical hotspot where the automotive world and mobility world meet. With the Automotive Campus, Helmond presents itself as knowledge and innovation centre for mobility solutions and as “City of Smart Mobility”. Helmond has been a living lab and ambassador for deployment of Smart Mobility solutions for quite some years already. Though a relatively small city Helmond receives internationally recognition for its ambitious goals and the realisation of innovative mobility solutions in the city (like the International ITS Local Government Award, October 2019). The City of Helmond is an important stakeholder of the parking-related services and participated in previous projects like Autopilot.