Short description

Cityscapes and urban mobility are changing - LED-lit crosswalks in Helsinki or an urban drone airport in Coventry are the best examples of this. Innovative concepts for urban mobility are also being developed, tested and implemented in Regensburg. As a major step in this direction, the Mobility & Logistics Cluster, the City of Regensburg, Stadtwerk.Regensburg and local companies are now setting up the joint project "R_Lab Mobility" - a so-called real-world laboratory for urban mobility on Galgenberg. The real-world laboratory enables the stakeholders involved to test new smart city applications under real conditions on site. From 2024 to 2026, R_NEXT funds will be used to build a future infrastructure that will make it possible to bring digitalization and smart city to the public space. With the " REGENSBURG_NEXT funding project, the city of Regensburg is one of 73 municipalities that are part of the largest nationwide smart city funding program " Smart Cities Model Projects, under which the Cluster Mobility & Logistics is responsible for managing the R_Lab Mobility.


Project partner

Core team

  • Cluster Mobility & Logistics
  • Stadt Regensburg, R_NEXT
  • das Stadtwerk.Regensburg

Pilot application projects in R_Lab Mobility

  • Environmental sensor box (AVL Software and Functions GmbH)

Services & Activities

Who is the target group of the test field? 

The target group are companies, universities, local authorities and other interested parties who want to test innovative projects, technologies and applications under real conditions. The "testers" bring their own equipment. We will be happy to discuss how and to what extent funding can be applied for in a joint meeting.

What should be tested? For what purpose?

Technologies from the fields of sensor technology, artificial intelligence, transmission technology, traffic technology, LIDAR, camera systems, etc. should be able to be tested safely, always with the aim of demonstrating their benefits in terms of improving safety, reducing CO2 emissions, new mobility concepts and optimized traffic control, etc. The R_Lab Mobility is not "the 25th test field for autonomous driving".

What happens to the data?

All data collected in R_Lab Mobility is stored centrally and made available to project participants for research and development purposes. For this purpose, Stadtwerk.Regensburg is in charge of developing an initial prototype of a data hub for mobility data.

How can I get involved?

Testers, researchers, users, etc. can participate. If you have ideas and would like to get actively involved in R_Lab Mobility, please contact:

Definition of a real-world laboratory

A real-world laboratory is a test space, often limited in time, space or subject matter, in which smart solutions such as innovative technologies, business models or socio-cultural concepts are developed and trialled under real-life conditions. Business, science, administration and civil society work together in a new form of cooperation - experimental, open-ended and flexible - and thus benefit from mutual learning and reflection. Real-world laboratories are transformative in nature with the aim of testing solutions to major societal challenges such as climate change or the transport transition. Real-world laboratories often require exemptions or the use of experimentation clauses and provide important insights, e.g. whether and how the legal framework needs to be further developed.

Further links


Uwe Pfeil
Cluster manager
Tel. +49 941 604889 55