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Smart City partnership DB-Hamburg

Integrated mobility, attractive railway stations, intelligent controlled city logistics

On 10 July 2017, Deutsche Bahn and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg initiated a smart city partnership. The First Mayor Olaf Scholz signed with Dr. Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Board of Management, and Ronald Pofalla, Deutsche Bahn's Infrastructure Manager, a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MoU) project for integrated mobility, attractive railway stations, intelligent city logistics and digital networking. The aim is to use new technologies and innovative ideas to make public transport, railway stations and city logistics more smart, comfortable and environmentally friendly for Germany's second-largest city.

From 2018 onwards, the company plans to include on-demand shuttles that are digitally bookable according to the "ridesharing" principle, the establishment of a test area with autonomous electric shuttle buses and a feasibility study for step-by-step automation of a section of the S-Bahn Hamburg. In the long-distance stations of the Hansestadt the quality of the stay should be further enhanced: for example, by digital routing systems, high-performance WLAN and the integration of co-working rooms. Deutsche Bahn intends to set up city depots on short-term storage spaces on previously unused storage areas, from which parcels are delivered by means of a load wheel. In addition, the establishment of a network with "intelligent lockers" at up to 50 HVV stations of the DB or S-Bahn Hamburg, where customers can order goods ordered online. With these activities, DB supports Hamburg's ongoing application for the organization of the World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in 2021.