Road traffic will remain the dominant mode of transport for the foreseeable future. As a result, it is imperative to exploit all the available potential in order to improve its efficiency, safety and environmental sustainability. Against this backdrop, researchers are not limiting their focus simply to the technical development of road vehicles, but are also pursuing an integrated approach in which the relationships between vehicles, infrastructure and traffic management approaches are considered and investigated in a methodical manner that addresses the entire system.
Alternative drivetrains, lightweight construction and energy management are also research topics, along with the further development of automated assistance systems and studies of drivers and their interactions with the vehicles. One of the essential framework conditions for automated transport systems is to enable secure communication between vehicles and with the infrastructure. As a result, and with the increasing digitalisation of transport, further opportunities are emerging to shape transport management in an even more efficient way. The growing volumes of new transport data, as well as improved evaluation and interpretation methods, are creating a variety of opportunities and possibilities to improve traffic flows significantly and to reduce emissions.