Urban Mobility

More than half of the world's population already lives in cities. According to the United Nations, this figure will rise to two-thirds by 2050. In some parts of Latin America, 70% of the people currently live in cities. The number of metropolises will increase. This poses significant challenges for urban development both now and in the future. High growth rates in the population, the growing need for mobility, and increased commercial traffic will result in an increased volume of traffic. The consequences of this are a shortage of space, traffic jams, reduced traffic safety, air pollution and noise.

However, the situation also offers opportunities for a paradigm shift towards more active and shared mobility as well us public transport. Digitization and its opportunities support networking and simplified booking and payment of mobility options. Municipalities can use these potentials and create livable cities characterized by urban mobility, which gives more space for people and less for cars. We support cities, municipalities, transport planners and companies to achieve more sustainable and urban-friendly mobility through our research activities and traffic modeling products.

Our fields of action

We are familiar with the opportunities and challenges of cities through urbanization. Together with a wide range of actors, we work out solutions and concepts to meet these challenges and exploit new opportunities. With the help of our products, we can map the traffic of the day after tomorrow and support planning.

Our product portfolio supports you on this and many other topics.

  • Developing innovative approaches and measures to promote multimodality, in particular in favor of the environmental alliance
  • Further development of approaches for impact assessment and evaluation, especially of the new sharing offers
  • Further development of demand and transport models to improve modeling results
  • Economic feasibility studies, organizational, operator and financing models


Selected projects

Connected mobility, shared trips or using different transport modes booked and payed by one application are topics in the projects regiomove and EASYRIDE. Karlsruhe enables, thanks to regiomove, uncomplicated access and/or switching between different transport modes creating a worthwhile alternative to the private car. 

Taking the City of Munich as an example, goals and realistic development paths for automated and connected mobility offers are analyzed in the project EASYRIDE. Based on the status quo, PTV determines realistic scenarios for new transport services and their effects. This will be used to evaluate and optimize urban goals. 

The study "New forms of mobility, mobility stations and urban design" identified starting points for successfully implementing new mobility forms. The study aimed to provide suggestions and recommendations for action which municipalities can integrate into their existing mobility offer. The consideration of design aspects promotes acceptance and increases the chances of implementation. The study is available for download (in German) on the homepage of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.

The project Smart Cities - Urban Transport of the Day After Tomorrow - dealt with the question of how urban transport might look like in 2045 or 2065.  Moreover, what possibilities municipalities have to prepare for further developments. The developed urban fictions can be experienced in the publication “Urban Transport for the Day After Tomorrow” by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).