IT-TRANS 2022 was an immensely informative and moving event. On one hand, the global IT public transportation community met for the first time since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic to discuss a plethora of technological developments and innovations from around the industry, and on the other, a poignant speech and appeal for aid by Kyiv Metro CEO, Viktor Braginsky, reminded all attendees of the vital importance of public transportation in the lives of citizens around the world.
Here are some of the companies and organisations that we met at IT-TRANS 2022.
mu-zero HYPERLOOP is a German student initiative from Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, dedicated to the research and development of hyperloop technology and its real-world application as a functioning and sustainable future mode of transportation.
MU-Zero Hyperloop is led by 71 students from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), University of Stuttgart (US), as well as Stuttgart Media University (HdM), and the organisation is supported by an array of commercial and public organisations.
Across the border in France, Urbanloop seeks to revolutionise urban travel by offering commuters a way to travel across towns without ever stopping in traffic. To achieve this, Urbanloop offers a system of interconnected of rail loops and autonomous capsules which bring commuters straight from a station to their final destination; an innovative system of parallel of-ramps, so to speak, ensures that traffic flows are never interrupted and that capsules never have to stop at a station unintentionally.
The Urbanloop project is led by the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, nine partner schools, and over 100 students.
In the city of Brushal, the EU-funded project efeuCampus is seeking to makes urban freight mobility emission-free, generation-friendly, and economically viable, all with the overarching aim of improving people’s quality of life and giving the Karlsruhe Technology Region (TRK) a pioneering role in the areas of autonomous driving, smart city and artificial intelligence.
In March 2021, the Lab presented Germany’s first autonomous delivery robot, and recently announced a partnership with Volocopter with the aim of relieving inner city traffic congestion through multimodal, road-air, autonomous urban freight operations.
Logiktram is a joint project which seeks to shift freight traffic from road to rail medium and short distances. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG), the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and other partners are developing a vehicle technology and logistics concept for a “freight tram” based on a Karlsruhe two-system light rail and investigating the effects on road and rail transport.
At IT-TRANS 2022, the Logiktram team showed off some interesting concepts, including an electrically assisted euro pallet-sized load carrier which can be easily installed in a tram as to minimise urban last mile delivery emissions.
Last, but certainly not least, we met LuxTram and representatives from the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg who in introduced us to the country’s National Mobility Plan 2035 which aims to help the country reach its climate objectives by, among other measures, better measuring and anticipating transport demand, reinforcing the modes of transport best suited to a particular context, and better cross-sector mobilisation of key stakeholders including the State, municipalities, employers and citizens.
Certainly, it was a pleasure to meet the above organisations, and some of the 800 conference delegates, 276 exhibitors, 6500 exhibition visitors, and delegates from 71 countries at IT-TRANS 2022!
IT-TRANS/ Messe Karlsruhe