(Last change: January 2021)


The goal of the ModECaP (Modular Electrified Capsule and Platform) project was to prove the feasibility of a demonstration and industrialisation project and to present possible applications including associated business models for an ‘on-the-road’ modular, driverless vehicle concept. The feasibility of a new mobility solution based on a disruptive vehicle concept essentially depends on two factors: a) the vehicle concept itself with all its new innovative features and b) successful applicability in the transport system with corresponding new business models. Stakeholders are at the heart of this.


Abbildung 1: Zielbild und Vorgehensweise


The ModECaP project was implemented in all work packages according to the planning. In summary, it can be said that the technical feasibility is guaranteed. The vehicle concept is coherent in itself. The vehicle structure, powertrain, chassis, electrics/electronics and automation subsystems were developed and analytically verified within the scope of this study.
Germany was considered for the market analysis with individual prospects for the global market. The focus was on urban spaces. The requirements were largely confirmed in several stakeholder workshops with users and potential manufacturers and further specified for the follow-up project. Both users and manufacturers were generally positively surprised by the new vehicle concept. Within the scope of the U-Shift application analysis, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Logistics as a Service (LaaS) were identified as potential business models and modelled for the first time. One possible business case was examined in detail: The ‘new company’ combines the activities of a forwarding agent and a public transport operator: A company providing transport services to public transport companies, parcel delivery and supermarket delivery companies. For this purpose, a day of operation in a fictitious city centre was analysed from a business management perspective. For this application, the profitability of the vehicle concept could be proven.


 Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg


08/2018 – 12/2019


Project management

Jürgen Weimer
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Institut für Fahrzeugkonzepte

Project partners

•    German Aerospace Centre, Institute of Vehicle Concepts (project management)
•    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV)
•    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Automotive Systems Engineering (FAST)
•    University of Ulm, Institute for Measurement, Control and Microtechnology (MRM)