Route tracking via app
Route track­ing via app
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Route tracking via app

With the app, da­ta on routes and modes of trans­port gath­ered by track­ing are sup­ple­ment­ed by ques­tions about mo­bil­i­ty.
Data about on-the-ground mobility
Da­ta about on-the-ground mo­bil­i­ty
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Data about on-the-ground mobility

Da­ta vi­su­al­i­sa­tion re­veals deep in­sights in­to peo­ple’s mo­bil­i­ty, mo­ti­va­tions and be­haviour. An ar­ray of fil­ter func­tions and eval­u­a­tion meth­ods can be ap­plied to the sur­veys.
The DLR MovingLab
The DLR Mov­ingLab
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The DLR MovingLab

The DLR In­sti­tute of Trans­port Re­search runs the Mov­ingLab at its Berlin-Adler­shof site as a freely avail­able in­stru­ment for mea­sur­ing mo­bil­i­ty da­ta. Da­ta and re­sults can be vi­su­alised via an in­ter­ac­tive da­ta ta­ble.
DLR MovingLab at the IAA motor show
DLR Mov­ingLab at the IAA mo­tor show
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DLR MovingLab at the IAA motor show

Vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of Mov­ingLab da­ta at the DLR trans­port re­search stand, cov­er­ing top­ics in­clud­ing new, au­tonomous ve­hi­cle con­cepts and the Low­er Sax­ony test zone.

Data from transport users are an essential component of transport research. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has developed unique surveying technology in the form of MovingLab, which aims to provide data on people's mobility habits or vehicle usage patterns in a swift and straightforward manner.

Routes and modes of transport are automatically detected via a smartphone app. Moreover, distances are no longer estimated, but rather measured to the exact metre. The data is updated on a daily basis and collated over a long period of time. Journey data can also be linked up with supplementary information such as the state of a route or busyness of public transport. Freely configurable survey functions mean that the DLR MovingLab is able to address almost any specific project- or application-related question.

Tool for gauging mobility in passenger and commercial transport

DLR MovingLab serves as a tool for measuring mobility in passenger and commercial transport. It enables researchers to answer questions about mobility with direct reference to journeys made and the form of transport used. Data about new mobility phenomena such as car sharing and autonomous vehicles can also be gathered using MovingLab, plus information about the risk potential of 'active transport' (walking or cycling) in towns and cities.

The future of transport research

MovingLab enables data relating to pressing mobility research issues to be collated quickly and cost-effectively. Up until now, such surveys have been expensive and time-consuming. As this survey system is freely configurable and uses a problem-oriented survey methodology, it can be used to conduct almost any study or survey. With the app – which is available in the App Store – surveys can be carried out very rapidly and in a highly dynamic way.

At the same time, MovingLab is a citizen research project – research with people, for people. Transport researchers make clear what data they need and for what purpose.

  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Re­search In­fras­truc­tures
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
  • René Kelpin
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Trans­port Re­search
    Pas­sen­ger Trans­port
    Telephone: +49 30 67055-217
    Rutherfordstraße 2
    12489 Berlin

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