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Living lab: Schorndorf
Citizen oriented optimization of performance, efficiency and attractiveness of local traffic


The "renaissance of the city" as a working and living space, which has been perceivable for several years, is currently being discussed in expert forums. In this discussion, medium-sized towns and smaller municipalities in the surrounding areas of larger cities are often neglected, along with commuter traffic to nearby centers. Public transport is perceived to be inadequate, especially outside main traffic times due to lack of flexibility from the user perspective and due to lack of profitability from the operator perspective.

Hence, the development of new user-oriented and ecologically sustainable mobility concepts is becoming increasingly important as well as the involvement of citizens and other stakeholders.

These developments can be seen as an invitation to develop innovative mobility concepts together with the citizens. Therefore, the living lab provides a platform for implementing technical innovation on the basis of collaborations between different stakeholders.

Research questions
  • What are the requirements for future operating concepts in public transport, that, along with other mobility options (bicycle, car-sharing, etc.) provide citizens a large amount of comfort
  • How can a user-oriented operating concept for public transport be designed?
  • How can users be integrated as co-designers during the development process?
  • How can an innovative vehicle be designed for the respective operating concept?
  • We identify the requirements for a future- and user-oriented bus system.
  • We examine how these requirements can be applied to a bus system and which forms of participation are suitable for the early involvement of citizens and other stakeholders.
  • We implement a user-oriented bus concept that increases the attractiveness of public transport and has the potential to reduce individual traffic.
  • We formulate recommendations on how the results can be transferred to other cities and municipalities, and which forms of participation can be used.

The research project „Living lab Schorndorf“ is set for three years in which citizens are actively involved in the development process as co-designers. In the course of various workshops and experimentation sessions, ideas and suggestions for solutions are developed for the user-oriented bus concept and requirements for a visionary bus concept of the future are collected. In a 1-year testing phase, selected citizens take the role of test users and evaluators of the system. During the testing phase the operating concept and the flexible order process are tested in real operation. The findings gained thereby are integrated into the further development process.

Project Partners
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies University of Stuttgart
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • University of Applied Sciences (HSE), Esslingen
  • Public transit association Stuttgart (VVS)
  • Knauss Linienbusse
  • Daimler AG
  • City of Schorndorf

Funding: Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg
Project duration: February 2016 to January 2019
Project staff: Tim Sippel, M.A.
Contact: Tim Sippel

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