Mobility concept for the emission-free HFT campus


In September 2018 the HFT was awarded the contract to develop an emission-free mobility concept for the campus. The ideas competition is embedded in the strategy dialogue with the automotive industry in Baden-Württemberg. After the first year of the competition, five winning universities were selected to implement their concepts in a further two project years. HFTmobil is one of the winners and will start implementation in 2020.

Research Question

HFTmobil examined the mobility behaviour of all HFT members in order to identify mobility needs and challenges. The aim of the project is to create mobility offers that enable low-emission traffic from, to and at the HFT. At the same time, the accessibility and attractiveness of the university should be strengthened. The overall goal is to have a climate-neutral HFT campus by 2030.


In the first phase a concept was developed in 2018 and 2019. For this purpose, the actual state was surveyed by means of qualitative and quantitative surveys as well as inspections and observations. The next step was to define a mission statement in an interdisciplinary team of traffic planners, technologists, computer scientists, psychologists and urban planners.

Based on the results of the analysis and in accordance with the objectives, measures were developed in workshops, final papers and creative sessions. These were evaluated internally and externally and then prioritised.

In October 2019, the concept was presented to the MWK and an expert committee. The HFT was able to assert itself in competition with eleven universities and received prize money for the second project phase.

The second project phase focuses on the implementation of the planned measures. Two years are initially planned for this.

At the beginning of 2020, a Mobility Hub was established at the HFT as the first measure. Further measures include the ecological optimisation of business and foreign travel (sub-project EmiLa), the redesign of the road spaces, the installation of cycling infrastructure, the upgrading and conversion of the court servants' garage and many others.

Targeted results

In several steps, transport emissions are to be reduced to such an extent that the climate balance is neutral in 2030 and positive by 30% in 2050 (higher compensation of emissions than output).

In the future, the inner-city HFT location should be perceived more as an advantage rather than a limitation. Accessibility should be improved and the quality of stay on campus increased.

The developments should be accompanied by research and the campus should offer space for innovation.

Project successes

Several initiatives and sub-projects emerged from HFTmobil, some of which have developed into independent research and development projects.

Public Relations

HFTmobil has succeeded in establishing mobility as a central discussion topic within the university, but also outside it.

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Mobility hub on the HFT

Together with the Stuttgart public utility company and the Baden-Württemberg parking association, a mobility station was implemented at the HFT. This serves as a loading point, completion station and multimodal transfer hub.

Darstellung der Mobilitätsstation

EmiLa - ecological business trips

EmiLa is a software system for ecologically optimized planning and execution of business trips. It helps companies to reduce the costs and environmental impact of business travel and thus improve the company's eco-balance and image.


WALDI - the electrified, autonomous transport robot

Walking is a particularly ecological and at the same time health-promoting way of getting around. However, walking can be particularly difficult for people with limited mobility if they have to carry luggage.

Zwei Personen im Gespräch

Transfer research and teaching

Based on a comprehensive ACTUAL analysis of mobility behaviour at the university, developed, carried out and evaluated by the master's degree programme in Transport Infrastructure Management, students from the master's programmes in Transport Infrastructure Management, Business Psychology, Urban Planning and the Bachelor's programmes Interior Design and Infrastructure Management have developed approaches to make mobility behaviour at the HFT more sustainable in the future.

Results from the study programme Business Psychology


The NaMobi bag is intended to replace the freshman bag. The content should be adapted to the needs of the students when walking and promote this form of mobility with entertaining sayings.



The Skyline concept is designed to promote mobility in the air. A concept for gondolas and ziplines in Stuttgart is to offer an entertaining and sustainable alternative to current means of transport.



A mechanical flashing light on the bicycle, which communicates with the navigation devices of other means of transport and about the position and direction of travel of cyclists, is intended to increase safety in the sustainable means of transport, the bicycle.


Pimp my Bike

A concept for a university owned workshop, where expert advice is available at reasonable prices and where students have the opportunity to carry out minor repairs themselves, is intended to promote the sustainable means of transport bicycle.


Bike with me

A smartphone app should offer the possibility of networking with cyclists who cover the same distance. This should motivate university members to cycle more often.


The Ride Way

The offer of university bicycles with a smartphone application, which awards bonus points for the use of bicycles, should increase the use of bicycles by university members.


Results from the study programme Transport Infrastructure Management

The semester association of the Transport Infrastructure Management Master's programme laid the foundation stone for the HFTmobil project in the winter semester 2018/2019. A goal-oriented analysis provided important data and insights for the entire project progress. The students developed a survey of mobility behaviour at the HFT. The questionnaire was developed in cooperation with the Department of Business Psychology.

In November and December 2018, students surveyed over 1,500 people at the HFT and achieved a participation rate of around one third. Since visitors to events and lecturers were also interviewed, this is a more than respectable rate. The students carried out quantitative surveys as well as qualitative interviews. The project thus received data on traffic volumes, choice of transport and frequency of travel, as well as reasons for the choice of transport, wishes and needs.

Based on the analysis, the students derived recommendations for action and potential areas. The students' report can be downloaded below.

Analysis of mobility behaviour at inner-city universities

Results from the semester project Urban Planning and Infrastructure Management

In an interdisciplinary project, students of the master's degree programme in urban planning and the bachelor's degree programme in infrastructure management dealt with a redesign and conversion of Schellingstraße on the HFT campus. The students were free to independently find meaningful concepts for use. The access function to important facilities had to be maintained.

As a result of the project there were finally 7 different designs. These were evaluated by a panel and the best concept ideas were allowed to be temporarily implemented in a live experiment on Schellingstrasse on Mobility Day 2019.

Project ManagementProf. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Gaspers
Project partnersBaden-Württemberg Parking Company, Stuttgart Public Utilities, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University
Project e-mail addresshftmobil(at)
FundingMinistry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg
Call for proposalIdeas competition: Mobility concepts for the emission-free campus



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