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The Institute for Mobility Research is a research facility of the BMW Group. Its main task is to initiate cross-modal and interdisciplinary research with an international perspective in the domain of mobility and transport.

Since the BMW Group sees itself as a responsible mobility company, it necessarily also sees its aim as active involvement in a major, complex and networked area of conflicting interests and, thus, conducting future-orientated mobility research for the benefit of all.

ifmo’s aim is to make a contribution towards ensuring sustained mobility in the long term, in a diverse and demanding environment.


We employ the services of internationally renowned scientists to deal with our projects. The ifmo project landscape can be divided into five research areas.

The way in which technology, new business models, and regulations interact, can only be seen by taking an overall view of mobility.  Thus ifmo aims to state its goals about future development of mobility in the broader context and general connectivity.  Ifmo makes relevant assertions about the potential scenarios and visions of the mobility of the future.

Cities concentrate trends and social change.  New things are tested there first and expand into other areas later.  Especially in the field of mobility, the last few years have shown that new technologies and business models have their breakthrough in urban areas. For this reason, ifmo is increasingly focusing on the analysis of various forms of agglomeration.

Self-driving cars have the potential to revolutionize mobility in the next 10-15 years.  For the first time in more than a century of automobile history, the complex interaction of various technologies is making way for completely new methods of using of vehicles.  The car is becoming available to new demographics of users and is providing the opportunity for drivers to make use of the time they spend in their vehicles in a different way.  This has an effect on the use of road infrastructure, but also on alternative modes of transport.  The integration of an autonomous fleet of vehicles in the urban transport infrastructure will increasingly blur the pronounced boundary that currently exists between public and private motorized transport.

Particularly when taking into account automation, business models in the field of mobility will change drastically.  Car transportation will be accessible to new user segments, as well as in new situations.  The transition between different modes of transport will be streamlined.  Rigid patterns of mobility will be broken and the future shape of traffic flows will be more efficient.

Which innovative business models and technologies become a success, will always depend upon the user.  Therefore, a better understanding of the user requirements, habits, and their mobility demands, is indispensable for ifmo to outline future scenarios and visions.


Our work entails initiating and assisting research work, and promoting specialist discussions on current or future-orientated topics relating to science, politics or the public sphere.