In ‘conversation’ with the traffic lights
In ‘con­ver­sa­tion’ with the traf­fic lights
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In ‘conversation’ with the traffic lights

In­no­va­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tions and po­si­tion­ing tech­nolo­gies make it pos­si­ble – cars and trans­port in­fras­truc­ture ex­change in­for­ma­tion.
More se­cu­ri­ty for the traf­fic of to­mor­row
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More security for the traffic of tomorrow

In the frame­work of the PE­GA­SUS project, DLR, to­geth­er with part­ners from in­dus­try and re­search in­sti­tu­tions, is de­vel­op­ing con­cepts for au­tonomous car trans­port. This project will make good use of the trans­port and test in­fras­truc­ture of the Ap­pli­ca­tion Plat­form for In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­i­ty (AIM) in Braun­schweig. In 2017 AIM will be ex­pand­ed with a test field for main and in­ter­state roads in Low­er Sax­ony.
The car of the future communicates with traffic infrastructure
The car of the fu­ture com­mu­ni­cates with traf­fic in­fras­truc­ture
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The car of the future communicates with traffic infrastructure

In a driv­ing demon­stra­tion, the DLR In­sti­tute of Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems, an au­tonomous ve­hi­cle was able take ad­van­tage of traf­fic in­for­ma­tion, from traf­fic lights to speed ad­just­ment.
Highly automated: One touch of a button is enough
High­ly au­to­mat­ed: One touch of a but­ton is enough
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Highly automated: One touch of a button is enough

With the touch of a but­ton, the driv­er can se­lect the lev­el of au­toma­tion. Road traf­fic ac­ci­dents are of­ten the re­sult of er­rors made by inat­ten­tive, over­stressed or tired drivers. The ob­jec­tive of the EU project HAVEit (High­ly Au­to­mat­ed Ve­hi­cles for In­tel­li­gent Trans­port), in which the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (Deutsches Zen­trum fuer Luft- und Raum­fahrt; DLR) played an ac­tive role, was to min­imise the num­ber of this kind of ac­ci­dents.
Au­to­mat­ed freight ground trans­port
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Automated freight ground transport

With­in the scope of the AT­LaS project, in­ves­ti­ga­tions are be­ing car­ried out in­to how the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try can be­come more ef­fi­cient and ser­vice ori­ent­ed through au­toma­tion and net­work­ing.

Mobility is a central feature of developed societies. The transportation of people and goods not only generates social participation and added value but also causes negative effects that need to be minimised. For this reason, DLR is researching the interrelationships between the development of transport and its impact in their different dimensions. This includes the analysis of user preferences and behaviour, the development of transport supply and demand, and the environmental impact of noise emissions, greenhouse gases and air pollutants. 

In this process, DLR pays particular attention to developments in urban areas and to the interplay between different transport modes, including pedestrian and bicycle traffic. However, its research also focuses on the increasing automation and digitalisation of the transport system – along with the associated opportunities and risks – as well as the fundamental linking of the energy and transport systems for the development of sustainable mobility.

For the targeted development of intermodal transport, the efficient design of transfer processes and transhipment operations is a significant factor to which DLR is devoting increasing attention in its study of transport hubs, such as railway stations and seaports. For the economic evaluation of new technologies and political measures, along with their implications for transport, DLR is developing economic models and methods so that it can present the costs and benefits in a differentiated and reliable way.

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