The German Center for Mobility of the Future (DZM) will probably not come about as the then Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) imagined, possibly not at all. The Federal Ministry of Transport informed heise online that the founding office in Munich had been replaced by a contact point on the premises of the German Weather Service (DWD). So it will continue to be accessible for the phase of revising the concept.
Scheuer founded the DZM in Munich in August 2021. This should create an “internationally outstanding center for mobility research”. It should find answers to how people and goods will move in the future against the background of the global trends of decarbonization, digitization and demographic change.
The ministry did not want to directly confirm a report in the Handelsblatt, according to which Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) stopped the center. It had already been agreed in the coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP that the DZM would be restructured and expanded. “The BMDV is fulfilling this order,” the ministry said on heise online.
No incorporation office required
Since no start-up office is required while the DZM concept is being revised, this has been temporarily replaced by a contact point, according to the Handelsblatt. The founding advisory board, which included VDA President Hildegard Müller and IG Metall Chairman Jörg Hofmann, has stopped working. It is unclear whether he will resume his activities and whether Munich will become the location of a DZM.
The DZM was previously located in the Munich Urban Colab (MUB), where competencies from science, startups and other companies as well as politics and administration were to be bundled and the exchange between science and industry was to be promoted. It is intended to become a “new avant-garde of future mobility at all levels”.
Further locations of the DZM should be Annaberg-Buchholz with rail projects and Hamburg for autonomous driving. In addition, the Railcampus Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Minden, where the transport logistics for people and goods autonomous rail systems should be tested, and the Karlsruhe project Country-to-City-Bridge with public transport and alternative drives for their own cars.
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