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The city of tomorrow

Study of urban mobility of the future

Cities are the habitat of the future. However, how can they become more liveable over the long term given the stresses resulting from increasing numbers of people, traffic and emissions? What do cities need so that people can work, live and move well in them? How can urban spaces and urban mobility be designed to be sustainable and fit for the future?

Both the polisMOBILITY and the "The City of Tomorrow" study, carried out by the Institute of Transport Research of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) on behalf of Koelnmesse and with the support of the City of Cologne, examine these urgent future issues.

On the basis of surveys of the mayors of 14 cities, the researchers describe the challenges and approaches to solutions for pioneering mobility and urbanity and show how this is already lived today with best practices from around the world.

You can download the abstract of the study here (.pdf)

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Client of the study

City of Cologne

City of Cologne

"With polisMOBILITY, the entire Rhine metropolis becomes a space for innovative urban mobility. We are testing under real urban conditions how the mobility revolution can succeed worldwide."

Henriette Reker, Mayor of the City of Cologne

Read the complete preface to the polisMOBILITY study by Henriette Reker here

Koelnmesse GmbH

Koelnmesse GmbH

„We are setting a new benchmark with this sutdy. It not only appraises the challenges and presents scientific facts on the issues; it also shows how tomorrow’s urban mobility is already being realised today based on diverse best pracitices.“​

Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer Koelnmesse GmbH


Scientific service provider

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Institut für Verkehrsforschung

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Institut für Verkehrsforschung

"The future of mobility will be decided to a large extent in urban areas. That is why mobility cannot be viewed in isolation from the surrounding space. Mobility is influenced by many aspects: social trends and individual requirements, means and offers of transport, digitalization, automation and networking, infrastructure and urban development, environment and culture of innovation, diversity and participation of social interest groups."

Prof. Dr. Meike Jipp, Director of the Institute of Transport Research at DLR



Stadtwerke Köln

Stadtwerke Köln

"Mobility is one of the central future fields of all cities. As Stadtwerke Köln, we are responsible for urban mobility infrastructure and service offerings for people in one of Germany's largest metropolises. In this context, mobility, logistics, digitality, energy supply and the circular economy are growing ever closer together. We are therefore looking forward to polisMobility as a platform for sustainable and urban mobility, in which we will be happy to contribute our topics and solution approaches."

Stefanie Haaks, Stadtwerke Köln