U-Shift II (Demonstrator)

(Last change: May 2021)


The central goal of the ‘U-Shift II – Demonstrator’ project is to demonstrate the highly innovative concept of ‘on-the-road’ vehicle modularisation in a closed-off area for the first time.

Starting from the automotive state of Baden-Württemberg, the aim is to create a platform for new products and business models that goes beyond evolutionary approaches, thereby supporting the transformation of the state's economy.

Goals in detail:

  • Research and conceptual development of the necessary vehicle components
  • Research and conceptual development of the necessary infrastructure
  • Vehicle-side optimisation of the technical interfaces (mechanical, electrical, software) and the packaging
  • Development and implementation of the vehicle and infrastructure-side functional and E/E architecture
  • Practical demonstration of the prototype implementation of the vehicle and infrastructure concept and its functionalities with all relevant components
  • Demonstration of a mixed application of goods and passenger transport in an enclosed space
  • Transparency and acceptance of the U-Shift concept (lighthouse) through integration of the public

Citizen participation

The technical development of the vehicle is accompanied by a dialog with citizens wich started in September 2020 with an online survey about U-shift. The project team provided insights into the development process and incorporated ideas from civil society. The focus was on possible applications and future visions for the U-Shift vehicle.

In order to gather a wide range of requirements and ideas and incorporate them into the project, we welcome the active participation of people with diverse backgrounds and interests. Citizen participation started with an online survey about U-Shift. We will keep you informed about opportunities to get involved here in the future.

Results of the 2020 survey will be availbe here in spring 2021.


Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau (Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing) Baden-Württemberg


04/2020 – 12/2024

Project management

Marco Münster
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Institut für Fahrzeugkonzepte

Mascha Brost
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)
•    Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS)