New Mobility

Group leader:

Johannes Schwiebacher

Martin Dorynek

There are many visions for the future of mobility. It influences where we live and work, how we live together and who in society can participate in what. The "New Mobility" research group of the Chair of Ergonomics is therefore investigating new forms of mobility in detail from a wide variety of viewpoints, but equally systematically as a socio-technical phenomenon. Megatrends such as urbanisation, scarcity of resources and climate change are causing new user requirements and consequently major changes in the mobility market and in production.

A change in our mobility behaviour towards multimodal mobility is predicted across the literature (ADAC e. V., 2017).

Individual mobility offers, such as ridepooling services, will play a central role in the future (König & Grippenkoven, 2020). Furthermore, advancing digitalization enables an increasing interweaving of the most diverse mobility offers into a multimodal and seamless mobility mix in the sense of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) (Shaheen & Cohen, 2018). In addition to the shift towards the mobility offers shown, a change towards individual mobility by bicycle, pedelec or even e-scooter can already be observed today (Sinus GmbH 2019). These changes also necessitate the adaptation of existing transport infrastructure systems, which the "New Mobility" research group would like to address primarily in a human-centred way and help shape in a future-oriented manner.

In summary, it is central for the introduction of sustainable urban mobility offers to know and understand the diverse individual user needs and to take them into account in the offer in the best possible way. This is the central focus of the research group "New Mobility”.


ADAC e. V. (Hrsg.). (2017). Die Evolution der Mobilität: Eine Studie des Zukunftsinstituts im Auftrag des ADAC.

Gebhardt, L., Brost, M. & König, A. (2019). An Inter- and Transdisciplinary Approach to Developing and Testing a New Sustainable Mobility System. Sustainability, 11 (24), 7223. doi: 10.3390/su11247223

König, A. & Grippenkoven, J. (2020). Modelling travelers’ appraisal of ridepooling service characteristics with a discrete choice experiment. European Transport Research Review, 12 (1). doi: 10.1186/s12544-019-0391-3

Shaheen, S. & Cohen, A. (2018). Shared ride services in North America: definitions, impacts, and the future of pooling. Transport Reviews. doi: 10.1080/01441647.2018.1497728

Sinus GmbH (2019): Fahrrad-Monitor 2019. Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Online-Befragung. Hg. v. Sinus GmbH. Heidelberg.

Ullrich, K. (2019). New Mobility: Mobilität im Wandel: Nutzertypen, Trends & Ausblick. In Proff (Hrsg.), Mobilität in Zeiten der Veränderung (S. 337–350). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-26107-8{\textunderscore}26

Viergutz, K. & Brinkmann, F. (2018). Anforderungen von Nutzern flexibler öffentlicher Mobilitätskonzepte an digitale Fahrgastinformationen mit Echtzeitdaten. In H. Proff & T. M. Fojcik (Hrsg.), Mobilität und Digitale Transformation: Technische und Betriebswirtschaftliche Aspekte (S. 331–346). Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.