The transport sector is a cornerstone of Germany's industrialised economy. It satisfies individual mobility needs, provides employment and makes up a significant share of the net economic added value. On the other hand, transport has some adverse effects.
How can rail transport be made safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly? How must the trains of tomorrow be designed? Rail transport researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are addressing these questions. In the 'Next Generation Train' (NGT) project, researchers from nine DLR institutes are using an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the key questions of how the trains the future can be made fast, safe, comfortable and environment-friendly.
How will the volume of traffic develop over the coming years? What mode of transport will people prefer in the future? What needs to happen to improve people's mobility and make it more environment-friendly? If you want to design transport systems, you need to know the demand and the mix of users.
How can we ensure a high degree of mobility while reducing its negative consequences? And how can new transport policies and technological innovations contribute? The aim of the project "Transport development and environment" (VEU) is to close this gap.