PLIMOS – Planning of intermodal mobility services based on 3D city models

Using simulations to embed innovative mobility offerings into existing community transportation structures.

At a glance

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Project funding
Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy

Project partners
DB Regio Bus, Ingolstadt
Technische Universität München, Munich
3D Mapping Solutions GmbH, Holzkirchen
CADFEM GmbH, Grafing n. Munich
virtualcitysystems GmbH, Grafing n. Munich – Project management

Project duration
March 2021 – February 2023


About the project

The goal of the two-year PLIMOS project is to develop a technical service that allows municipalities to plan, simulate, and optimize the use of autonomously driving electric shuttles in intermodal public transportation based on their 3D city model.

On the one hand, the simulation is to include the recording of the current real traffic situation – from traffic lights to road users to weather conditions – in order to be able to design future scenarios by integrating autonomous e-shuttles and to uncover possible unbundling of traffic.

On the other hand, the 3D city model can also be used to derive and plan the necessary infrastructure and socioeconomic requirements for the operation of e-shuttles.

This includes, for example, charging concepts as well as demand-oriented routing and stops.

Furthermore, the results of the simulation of highly automated e-shuttles in the virtual city model also benefit the production and development of vehicles in general. The research results will be tested and validated with real test drives of a highly automated shuttle bus in the city of Grafing. It is planned to transfer the concept to other municipalities at a later stage.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on the start of the project in Grafing near Munich in an article dated April 23, 2021..