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A Better Understanding of Mobility



A Better Understanding of Mobility
Mobilität besser verstehen

Background & policy context: 

The better the knowledge about the interrelations between the need for mobility, the generation of traffic and the consequences of traffic, the sounder will be the economic and political decisions taken on transport themes. Furthermore, initiatives to inform and educate about responsible traffic patterns will be more efficient.

For several causes of traffic generation, such as job related commuting, shopping, leisure-time and holiday traffic, the impacts differ widely. The more accurately these specific conditions can be considered, the more promising will be the options and alternatives for action, to be developed.

Strategic Objectives: 

The principal aims of the MOBEV sub-programme are:

  • to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the individual causes for traffic generation and the influencing factors of mobility patterns during leisure time;
  • to overcome limitations in mobility and local traffic problems through trialing of new means and possibilities of leisure-time traffic organisation; and
  • to gain a better understanding of the impacts of structural changes in economy and society, which presumably will result in shifts between transport modes and changes in habit of relevant user groups.
Leading Institutions:

Akademie Rheinland GmbH, PT MVBW - on behalf of Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

The funding rules described here refer to the 'Mobility and Transport' sector programme, which defines the procedures for all related sub-programmes.

Funding is provided for research and development as well as demonstration projects which aim to promote sustainable mobility and contribute to creating an efficient and safe transport system.

The most important ongoing funding activities include the lead projects for improving mobility in conurbations, which develop and demonstrate systems solutions for transport in big cities.
Furthermore funding is provided for project networks to increase the efficiency of freight traffic, to reduce environmental stress caused by traffic, particularly road traffic, and to increase road safety. As mobility and transport take place in a constantly changing social environment, relevant activities will include the interdisciplinary study of the social aspects of individual mobility.

All commercial and non-commercial institutions and individuals are eligible for funding. Depending upon the subject, these include in particular institutions of higher education, non-university research establishments and similar institutions, business enterprises, territorial authorities and associations. In some cases, calls for proposals are addressed to specific groups of potential applicants. The focus is on projects which involve co-operation by several partners who, in an interdisciplinary approach and on the basis of shared responsibility, develop highly innovative solutions for the above-mentioned funding activities and/or try to demonstrate their suitability for practical application and which, by involving or co-operating with science, industry and the planning sector, aim to ensure utilisation of the research results on the broadest possible scale.

Participating countries: 
Total number of projects: 


Projects covered: 

The following projects and support studies are included in the MOBEV programme:

  • Fahrradverkehr - bicycle transport;
  • Invermo - intermodal connection of user-friendly, long range passenger transport systems
  • Mobility - computer game that allows you to create a mobile city;
  • Mobidrive - dynamics and routine patterns in traffic behaviour;
  • Mobiplan - understanding and planning your mobility;
  • TTS (Tele-Travel-System) - telematics system for automatic monitoring of traffic behaviour;
  • U'Move - intermodal mobility services for the youth
  • F-Atlas - research atlas on mobility and transport
  • Innovationsstrategien - comparative analysis of innovation strategies for new technologies and services in order to achieve a sustainable transport development
  • Smartbench - study on strategies, programmes and projects in transport research from selected European countries, the USA and Japan
  • Simulation projects Ilumass and Survive
  • Mobility scenario study (2020) and pilot study acceptance on an actors' model for transport planning.
Project Profiles:
  1. Analysis and assessment of road/rail infrastructure networks cross transport providers using simulation based on planned and/or real load factors
  2. Container Transport through Subsurface Pipelines - feasibility study
  3. Development of an internet based route schedule management server for stock exchange oriented distribution and sales of rail transport slots; final report (Project no. 19M4031A)
Contact Name: 
Mr Thomas Richter
Contact Email: 
TÜV-Akademie Rheinland GmbH (Projektträger Mobilität und Verkehr, Bauen und Wohnen des BMBF; PT MVBW)
Am Grauen Stein
Köln (Cologne)
Contact country:
(+49) 221 65035 138
Fax Number: 
(+49) 221 65035 115