Mobility

Reinventing mobility to meet the grand global challenges: At TUM we are shaping the sustainable mobility of the future. Autonomous driving, air taxis and new means of transportation such as the Hyperloop are already reality for us. Our intelligent concepts for traffic and transport planning make urban and rural areas more liveable and attractive. Discover our solutions for the mobility of tomorrow.


  • Dr. Kai Zosseder at the geothermal plant of Stadtwerke München in Messestadt Riem. Geothermal energy is one of the many resources below ground.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Urban planning: Precious resources far below the surface

    TUM geologists create 3D underground model of Munich

    Our cities are growing. This leads to increasing use of resources below ground, for example when building underground train systems, using geothermal heat or developing drinking water supplies. Researchers at TUM have generated a 3D underground model of Munich. It has yielded surprising insights, as Dr. Kai Zosseder of the Chair of Hydrogeology explains.

    • Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    New early warning system for self-driving cars

    AI recognizes potentially critical traffic situations seven seconds in advance

    A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a new early warning system for vehicles that uses artificial intelligence to learn from thousands of real traffic situations. A study of the system was carried out in cooperation with the BMW Group. The results show that, if used in today’s self-driving vehicles, it can warn seven seconds in advance against potentially critical situations that the cars cannot handle alone – with over 85% accuracy.

  • The new design combines the functions of sports equipment and wheelchair.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    Hybrid bike increases autonomy

    TUM researchers develop hybrid handbike for the disabled

    Unlike the classic bicycle, the handbike is powered by the arms and is one of the most popular pieces of sports equipment among paraplegics. But there's one major drawback: While on the go with a handbike, the rider has no wheelchair handy, for example to go shopping or go to a restroom. The new hybrid "BikAble" design, developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), combines the functions of the sports apparatus and the wheelchair.

  • Prof. Wolfgang Kellerer in his lab.
    • Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Research news
    • Reading time: 6 MIN

    “6G will be human-focused”

    Prof. Wolfgang Kellerer on the next wireless communications generation

    From hologram-based communications to remote-controlled surgical procedures – the 6G wireless standard will make many high-tech applications a reality. A major project now being launched at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) aims to establish the key technical criteria for the new standard. In this interview, project leader Prof. Wolfgang Kellerer explains how 6G will become the most intelligent wireless network, when Germany could take on a leading role and why, in the world of research, new speed records are less important than ensuring 99.999999999% reliability.

  • A mailman delivers a package.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Planning tool for cargo bike logistics

    Research team explores potential for package delivery

    Cargo bikes could play a much bigger role in urban package delivery. This conclusion was reached in a study based on the cities of Munich and Regensburg, where around one seventh of delivery-related CO2 emissions could be reduced. The research team has developed a planning tool to help companies and municipalities identify the potential for cargo bikes in city districts.

  • Informatics student Haokun Zheng is one of the team leaders at TUM Boring.
    • Mobility, Studies
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    A race to beat the snail

    “Not-a-Boring Competition”: TUM student group reaches the final

    At stake: a science-focused high-tech race that happens underground. TUM Boring – a student group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) – is taking part in the contest, launched by US billionaire Elon Musk, to develop the world’s fastest tunnel boring machine. And the team has already scored a big success: TUM Boring has qualified for the final in California this summer. In an interview, Haokun Zheng, one of the team leaders, explains the challenges facing the students.

  • Zwei Studenten arbeiten am Pod des Hyperloop-Teams der TUM
    • Mobility, President, Event

    Hyperloop: How will the vision become reality?

    Research meets Industry – Conference on Ultra-High-Speed transportation (March 1 - 2)

    Start-ups and student initiatives as well as top universities and industry-leading technology companies are working on the ultra-high-speed transportation systems of the future. Now TUM is conducting the first international conference on this topic. Experts from science and industry will come together (virtually), especially to exchange ideas and discuss questions and challenge relating to Hyperloop technology.

  • Research-fuel cell, manufactured at the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry
    • Mobility, Sustainability, TUM in the media
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    Hydrogen: Energy of the Future?

    ARTE Xenius visits the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry at TUM

    Is hydrogen the energy carrier of tomorrow? In their report, Caroline du Bled and Gunnar Mergener show examples of how the hydrogen economy of the future could look like. They visited the Chair of Technical Electrochemistry at the Technical University of Munich, which researches the further development of fuel cells. The film shows, among other things, how iron can be produced by reduction with hydrogen and how a fuel cell is built.

  • The future cluster M Cube is researching the urban mobility of tomorrow.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    M Cube future cluster wins federal funding

    Munich metropolitan region as role model for the sustainable mobility of tomorrow

    The Munich Cluster for the Future of Mobility in Metropolitan Regions (M Cube), under the leadership of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), is among the winners of the German government’s Clusters4Future competition. M Cube will be launched in October 2021 and will receive up to 45 million euros in funding over a nine-year period. The regional network will bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers along with partners from the private sector and civil society to work on the major challenges in the mobility sector.

  • Computer scientists have developed software that prevents autonomous cars from causing accidents.
    • Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    The accident preventers

    Security software for autonomous vehicles

    Before autonomous vehicles participate in road traffic, they must demonstrate conclusively that they do not pose a danger to others. New software developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) prevents accidents by predicting different variants of a traffic situation every millisecond.