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Otto von Guericke University and NASA turn the Magdeburg region into a real laboratory

Otto von Guericke University and NASA turn the Magdeburg region into a real laboratory

The Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and the Nahverkehrsservicegesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH (NASA) are jointly creating an experimental space for mobility solutions in the Magdeburg region. To this end, both sides have just signed a cooperation agreement. New results and technologies from research are being tested and implemented for mobility and living / housing of the future. Everyday solutions are developed in a practical manner in order to better network the city and the surrounding area. This is where individualized offers are created for both elderly people with restricted mobility and for young, mobile families.

“A real laboratory is being built in the Magdeburg area, in which we will practically test concepts for structural change,” explains Prof. Andreas Wendemuth from the University's Institute for Information and Communication Technology. “Current developments in technology research offer great opportunities for mobility and life in Saxony-Anhalt. But experience shows that only in close cooperation with regional practice partners can this result in suitable solutions that bring mobility and everyday requirements together. ”These practice partners are, for example, public transport, transport and logistics companies, but also municipalities, housing associations and interest groups with mobility-restricted and elderly people People. The starting point for this alliance is the new partnership between the university and NASA. One of the common goals is to make rural areas in the Magdeburg area accessible as living, recreational and economic areas in an environmentally friendly way. New mobility concepts are needed to make this economically viable.

Prof. Wendemuth illustrates this with examples: “An elderly lady lives 20 km from the city center. We ask: How can we enable her to continue to live there - even without her own car for shopping and visits to the doctor? How can we enable young families to move to the more natural and cheaper surrounding areas and still reach school, daycare and work? How can the tourist potential of the attractive rural areas of Saxony-Anhalt be developed even more effectively without increased individual traffic? All of these are not just mobility issues. We want to find out how we can answer them with new research results and technological developments ”.

Initiated by the University of Magdeburg, a network "Intelligent Mobility Space Magdeburg" was created for this purpose. In addition to engineering, a broad spectrum of data, systems, economic and social science perspectives is represented. NASA GmbH creates the bridge to the practice partners.    

“This type of cooperation is new and very promising,” summarizes NASA division manager Sebastian Schmermbeck. “Theory and practice meet in the real laboratory. Here we jointly develop mobility solutions that, if successful, can also be transferred to other regions. In this way we increase the quality of life in the country, make a contribution to climate and environmental protection and support structural change. At the same time, we create an incentive to switch to public transport - also outside the centers and main axes, where there is already a good offer today."