Urban air traffic: City of Hamburg funds a joint project with two million euros

Hamburg scientists are researching the mobility of the future. Science authority supports future clusters.

What exactly can urban air traffic in metropolises look like in the future? Do new modes of transport have a real chance? What challenges will future mobility face? Hamburg researchers are looking for answers to these and other pressing questions in the joint project “Innovative Airborne Urban Mobility” (iLUM). The science authority is funding the joint project with two million euros as one of a total of four future clusters – so-called “HamburgX projects” – within the framework of state research funding.

Mastering the mobility transition with interdisciplinary research

Under the direction of the Institute for Air Transport Systems at the Hamburg University of Technology (TU Hamburg), scientists from the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU), the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht (HZG) solutions for innovative, airborne, urban mobility.

“The iLUM project can make a valuable contribution to expanding Hamburg’s pioneering role for intelligent, future-oriented mobility solutions. The researchers are developing interdisciplinary new concepts and technologies for airborne urban mobility and examining them, among other things, for social acceptance, legal aspects of feasibility as well as traffic and urban planning issues”, says Senator for Science Katharina Fegebank. With this holistic approach, the project could serve as a blueprint for other regions.

iLUM – future scenarios for 2050

The future begins today: In the joint project iLUM, an interdisciplinary team is researching a passenger-friendly, ecological and economical overall concept for airborne mobility solutions that is in line with society and the city. The prerequisites and boundary conditions for future-oriented concepts for meaningful and new forms of use of aircraft are to be developed at an early stage, which should also reduce pollutant emissions and enable optimal transport connections.

Trend-setting HamburgX projects

Tailored future scenarios for 2050 are to be researched for the Hamburg metropolitan region. In addition to considerations for new and innovative means of transport such as air taxis, operating concepts, existing mobility structures, infrastructure solutions and various business models are also taken into account. The network partners aim to create a DFG Graduate college (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V.).

The HamburgX projects funded by the state research funding are cooperative large-scale research projects that involve a wide range of institutions and partners. The aim is to support cooperation between research institutions in the Hamburg area and to specifically promote and develop areas with proven potential.

ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg

Another year until the ITS World Congress for Intelligent Mobility. From October 11th to 15th, 2021, Hamburg will host the world’s largest meeting for intelligent transport systems and services. The best minds will present their ideas for tomorrow’s mobility in the CCH, in the exhibition halls and at selected locations in public spaces. There are also numerous scientific institutions from Hamburg that, as the city’s innovation drivers, present new ideas and projects for the mobility of the future.