Hamburg also Germany’s smartest city for mobility in 2021

Title defended! Hamburg is also Germany’s smartest city in the field of mobility in 2021.


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After 2019 and 2020, Hamburg is also the “smartest” German city in the field of mobility in 2021. The industry association Bitkom has confirmed the Hanseatic city’s top ranking in its annual Smart City Index for 81 major German cities for the current year as well. The latest smart city study certifies that the Hanseatic city is the most advanced in digitization in many areas of everyday life – this applies in particular to the mobility subranking, which Hamburg leads with 98.6 points – and has thus even improved on the previous year’s ranking (96.8 points).

As part of the Reallabor Hamburg, Hamburg is already testing various digital sustainable mobility offerings such as electric on-demand services in the outer city. At the ITS World Congress, starting next Monday, 400 exhibitors from around the world will present the latest developments in intelligent mobility, networked transport and smart logistics at the reopened CCH, the exhibition halls and at selected locations throughout the city.

Hamburg scores with digitalisation strategy

With the autonomous HEAT minibus, which is traveling on a test route through HafenCity and could perspectively connect passengers in the outer city to the rapid transit network, traffic light forecasts in real time on the smartphone for bicycles or medical air freight by drone flight, Hamburg will present further digital mobility projects at the ITS Congress. By 2030, the Hanseatic city wants to achieve the goals it set out in 2016 in its “ITS Strategy.” They comprise the complexes “Automated and networked mobility,” “Mobility services,” “Digital port and logistics solutions,” “Intelligent infrastructure,” “New services from new technologies” and “Sustainable solutions for cities and citizens”.

With “switch,” the hvv already offers an app that provides mobility from a single source and, in the future, will digitally bundle and make available all relevant mobility services in the city. It combines classic public transportation, including the smart purchase of hvv tickets, with other sharing services, such as the booking of MOIA shared cabs or sixtShare.

In the Reallabor Hamburg, the city, together with Hamburger Hochbahn and partners from science and industry, is already testing new smart mobility forms and services of the future on the city’s streets – for example, fully electric autonomous on-demand shuttle buses that connect people in the outer city to the bus and rail network from areas less well served by public transport.

Hamburg tops the Smart City Index 2021 for the third time

The Smart City Index examines all German cities with at least 100,000 inhabitants using a total of 133 parameters in the five categories of administration, IT infrastructure, energy/environment, mobility and society.

In January 2020, the Hamburg Senate adopted a comprehensive digital strategy that focuses on all areas of life in the community. With the concept of “digital spaces,” it addresses the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental nature of digitization projects and thus opens up a perspective for the entire urban society.

Smart City Index 2021

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