Institute of Transport Research

Transport research at the institute
The mobility of the future is being shaped at the institute - efficiently and sustainably for people, the economy and the environment.

At the DLR Institute of Transport Research, we are shaping the mobility of the future. To this end, we are developing economically viable solutions that are socially fair and climate-friendly. For this purpose, we develop means of transport, transport services and spaces for transport to meet the demands of personal mobility and the needs of production and trade.

Researching mobility together

By pooling our expertise and conducting interdisciplinary research, we are pursuing an integrated approach that looks at the system as a whole. Studies and expert reports include social acceptance and the socio-economic impact of new mobility solutions – from electromobility and on-demand transport to the flatrate public tranport tarif in Germany, called 'Deutschland-Ticket'. We are designing new mobility solutions and spaces of transport to meet the diverse demands of a modern society – in both urban and rural areas. Furthermore, we are helping to bring new digitally supported transportation services to the market.

From data to mobility solutions

We use transport demand models and simulations as well as virtual environments, real-life laboratories and field tests to determine and evaluate the effectiveness of various solutions. We require traffic and mobility data for our analyses and mobility solutions. This data is obtained not only with the help of traditional survey methods, but also by means of innovative methods such as our MovingLab.

Our findings help our partners from industry, public administration and politics to successfully implement the various solutions.


Prof.dr. Gernot Liedtke

Acting Director of the Institute
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of transport research
Rudower Chaussee 7, 12489 Berlin