Lab1886 is an incubator – we guide ideas within a system and prepare them for the future. Each vision is subjected to a stress test before we explore its potential. In short sprints, we develop new prototypes and pilot promising business models. An overview of our current project portfolio is available here.

  • Mobility in a New Dimension.
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    Mobility in a New Dimension.

    As part of the Volocopter start-up, Lab1886 is promoting the development of innovative mobility products and services together with the expansion of the Daimler mobility portfolio in urban areas.

  • Vehicle Ownership of Tomorrow
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    Vehicle Ownership of Tomorrow

    Big yesterday, fast today, economical tomorrow – FlexStar Rent gives customers access to an exclusive fleet that is available 24/7 and tailored to their individual needs.

  • The car as a service hub.
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    The car as a service hub.

    From shopping, to getting the car washed or picking up packages: is a platform you can use to give service providers access to your vehicle. And it all takes place while you're at work or out with your friends.


The year 1886 represents a milestone in the history of mobility – the automobile is a disruptive invention that continues to change the world. Lab1886 links this legacy to the challenges of the future. For more than a decade, we have been developing innovative business models that go beyond cars. We generate ideas, accelerate them, and put them on the road – from car2go, to moovel and Mercedes-Benz energy storage. At Lab1886, the focus is on holistically rethinking mobility. We build groundbreaking business models and are always on the lookout for creative visionaries with an inventive spirit. Learn more