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Mobility in transition – “Model City Dresden” at the IAA 2019

11 September 2019
  • Dresden is showcasing itself as a model city for e-mobility, intelligent transportation and digitisation
  • 5G infrastructure and next-generation technologies from Dresden are driving advancements in e-mobility and autonomous driving
  • The mobility revolution with its roots in Saxony: World premiere of Volkswagen's ID.3 at the 2019 International Motor Show - Series production is set to start at the end of 2019

Between 12 and 22 September 2019, the International Motor Show (IAA) 2019 in Frankfurt am Main will be the centre of attention for the international automotive industry – an industry that is undergoing radical change. Dresden-based technology and infrastructure experts will be presenting their solutions for e-mobility and autonomous driving and discussing the challenges for new urban mobility.

Dresden is ready for e-mobility and autonomous driving
“The trade fair is an excellent stage for Dresden as an automotive and high-tech hub. With that in mind, we have brought technological innovations with us to Frankfurt and will be speaking about our strategy to make Dresden ready for e-mobility and autonomous driving,” reports Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Economic Development Office and, at the same time, Head of the Roads and Construction Department for the City of Dresden. “From a municipal planning perspective, and compared to other cities internationally, we are aware of the enormous challenges associated with the mobility revolution: Tight municipal budgets, lengthy approval processes and a high level of coordination with a wide variety of stakeholders are currently pushing cities to the limits of feasibility. At the same time, municipalities must respond to challenges such as climate change, CO2-reduction and micromobility (e-scooters). The City of Dresden has been working strategically on these topics over the past six years. We are ideally positioned to smoothly combine the expectations of the population and future technologies.”

Model city for e-mobility, intelligent transportation and digitisation
The state capital is working to create a comprehensive 5G network for at least half of Dresden’s urban area by 2025 and is expanding public e-mobility infrastructure on a massive scale.
More than 400 standard and quick-charging stations are planned by 2022 to be located primarily at mobility points within the city. More than 30 of these mobility points will then be available as transport hubs for public transport, car sharing, e-bikes and e-scooters, including charging infrastructure spread across the entire city. Plans include conversion of the entire municipal fleet to e-vehicles, an e-car-sharing concept for the city administration, expansion of the Dresden traffic management system VAMOS, development of an urban traffic app for fast and congestion-free traffic and the evolution of the current digital solution for parking in the city into a nationwide service. In addition, new business models are currently being developed and tested to facilitate the search for parking spaces and the reservation and booking of e-charging points using intelligent services.

E-Valley Saxony becomes largest e-mobility centre in Europe
In a world premiere, Volkswagen presented the first model of the new all-electric ID.-family at the IAA 201 last Monday. Production of the ID.3 will start at the end of this year at Volkswagen's Zwickau plant, which will be upgraded to a pure e-car production plant following the investment of some 1.2 billion euros. VW's locations in Saxony are thus evolving into the largest centre for e-mobility in Europe. “Saxony is ground zero for the e-mobility revolution. This returns the automotive centre of Saxony, where carmaker Horch started series production of the first German car with a four-cylinder engine in 1903, to its status as a pioneer. This will benefit both VW’s plant in Dresden, which has been converted into a Center of Future Mobility, and our municipal strategy as well,” says Dr. Franke. Dresden is one of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure’s (BMVI) six digital test corridors in Germany where applications for automated and networked driving are tested on an urban digital testing ground. The city administration approached local telecommunications providers about creating the urban 5G infrastructure at an early stage and with great success. Dresden is evolving into a model city for sustainable and integrated urban mobility as part of its strategic partnership with Volkswagen.

Conditions for New Mobility: 5G Infrastructure and Next-Generation Technologies
CO2-free mobility depends on the right infrastructure – such as a standard 5G mobile network for digital networking and autonomous driving. The city enjoys a huge benefit from all of the know-how available in this high-tech hub: In Dresden, technologies that are critical to the success of future mobility are being researched, developed and applied in the areas of chips, sensors, lightweight construction, artificial intelligence, software and alternative drive technologies. The 5G mobile radio standard was “conceived” by Dresden's top researchers at the Vodafone Chair of Mobile Communications Systems, the Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks and the 5G Lab Germany at the TU Dresden, a recognized university of excellence.

5G Applications for autonomous driving
The more vehicles interact with other vehicles or their environment, e.g. in order to detect hazards at an early stage or to find a free parking space, the more important it becomes to have a strong mobile communications network covering the entire area along with innovative wireless communication solutions. “5G enables real-time data exchange in vehicle-to-x communication,” says Dr. Stanislav Mudriievskyi, a researcher at the 5G Lab Germany and Deutsche Telekom Chair for Communication Networks at the TU Dresden. "We are researching various 5G applications, such as high density platooning. Using technology, we can reduce the distance between vehicles on the road to a minimum and enable reactions in real time.”

Dresden Semiconductor Technology 22FDX for Future Mobility
Future mobility means making traffic intelligent. However, intelligence can only make good decisions if it has sufficient amounts of reliable information available to it. Dr. Matthias Klude, Sales Account Manager Automotive at Globalfoundries Dresden: “This means that we need sensors – a lot of sensors! - and communications infrastructure that has enough speed and bandwidth. And this will be impossible without powerful, efficient and cost-effective semiconductor technology.” Globalfoundries Dresden has developed exactly the right technology for these applications – 22FDX – and optimized it for use in 5G and radar. It won’t be long until smarter, and thus safer cars with radar sensors from Dresden, make our future mobility a reality.


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