Current Projects

eCoMove - Cooperative Mobility Systems and Services for Energy Efficiency

 Driver assistance system (vehicle-to-vehicle)
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The transport sector is responsible for 23% of global CO2 emmissions. 73% of those are caused by road traffic. From 1990 to 2008, this share has increased by 48% (Source: ITF - Transport Greenhouse Gas Emmissions 2010). Despite of new and more efficient engines, as the volume of transport will increase, we cannot predict a reduction of emmissions in the medium term.

In addition to engine technology, there are assistance systems which can make a contribution to a reduction of consumption. Modern vehicles are already equipped with various electronic devices which allow drivers to reduce fuel consumption, for instance the current fuel consumption display or the display of the gear for lowest consumption. Supporting applications have plenty of potential for further reduction of consumption as they become increasingly innovative and quickly spread throughout the vechicle stock. These systems benefit from new communication technologies and fast penetration of GPS receivers installed in vehicles. In the medium term, vehicles should be networked with traffic control centres (V2l) and with other vehicles (V2V). This enables, for instance, personalized real-time route recommendations in order to reduce travelling time as well as the probability of traffic jams.


 Driver assistance system (vehicle-to-infrastructure)
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The project eCoMove is developing different vehicle-based applications for supporting an economic manner of driving and testing their effectiveness. Furthermore, there is a networking of vehicles and traffic control centres by modern communication technologies.The information gained is evaluated and provided to drivers as integrated solution by an assistance system. By that, CO2 emmissions in road transport should be reduced by 20%.


Project partners develop applications in the following fields of applications:

  • Support of an economic manner of driving by developing stategies, which are taught and controlled by a „virtual coach“
  • Optimization of route recommendations considering real-time information about the road network and further fuel consumption relevant data as altitude difference to be overcome
  • Optimization of traffic management by a balanced distribution of vehicles in the network and by developing strategies to reduce air pollutants in sensitive areas

eCoMove enables to combine these applications and is adapted on drivers’ individual needs to provide high efficiency and a wide acceptance.


The project consists of five phases. DLR Institute of Transport Research (IVF) takes over the following tasks:

  • to analyse requirements and to perform validation of eCoMove systems from a user perspective
  • to evaluate these systems in terms of their benefits for the traffic system as for their effects on the environment
  • to develop a roadmap for a large-scale introduction of applications of the eCoMove system


IVF, ADAC and other European automobile clubs made a survey on the acceptance of ecological driver assistance systems in eleven European countries. About 5000 respondents took part in the survey. The data were analysed especially in terms of potential savings, usefulness and willingness to pay for these assistance systems. Here you will find the individual results of the survey. 

Contracting entity

  • EU (7th Framework Programme, ICT)


  • ASFA
  • BMW Group Research and Technology
  • Robert Bosch
  • Cobra Automotive Technologies
  • Continental Automotive
  • Centro Ricerche FIAT
  • Fundación para la Promoción de la Innovación
  • Investigación y Desarollo Tecnológico en la Industria de Automoción de Galicia
  • DAF Trucks
  • DLR - Institute of Transport Research
  • Ford Research Center Aachen
  • GoGreen Trafik & Miljö
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Logica
  • Magneti Marelli
  • Meta System
  • NEC Europe
  • PEEK Traffic
  • Planung Transport Verkehr
  • Q-Free
  • Fundacio Privada RACC
  • Fundación Robotiker
  • Technolution
  • Tele Atlas
  • Telecom Italia
  • TNO
  • Technical University Munich
  • VIALIS Traffic
  • VOLVO Technology

Project duration

April 2010 – March 2013

Dipl.-Geograph Stefan Trommer
German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Institute of Transport Research
, Passenger Transport
Tel: +49 30 67055-209

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