In today’s economy and society mobility is of high significance. People want to arrive at their destinations comfortably and quickly. Goods have to be moved economically over long and short distances. Consequences of mobility show themselves in pollution, accidents and traffic jams. We develop solutions for these challenges for a safe and efficient mobility of the future. You can also find more information about our projects at: https://verkehrsforschung.dlr.de/en
The majority of traffic accidents is caused by driver errors. Driver assistance systems are aimed to support the driver and can sustainably boost traffic safety and efficiency. The goal of the Institute of Transportation Systems is to examine driver behaviour, driver stress and strain, and accidents in order to derive the requirements for future driver assistance systems. The DLR combines its technological expertise with psychological and ergonomic research to produce effective driver assistance systems which satisfy the capabilities and expectations of the driver. Their implementation is evaluated during tests in a driving simulator, test drives and in real-world road traffic.
The globalisation of the economy and the growing demand in mobility lead to an enormous increase of traffic volume, which is primarily taken by the road. In order to work against this trend, the competitiveness of the railway as a means of transport has to be enhanced. An efficient usage of the railway system as well as technical and operational interoperability are important key factors for this. The research activities in the field of Railway Systems concentrate on the development of innovative technologies, methods and concepts for the operational, technical and economic optimisation of the railway system in the context of railway automation. Our goal is to make rail traffic more safe, efficient and competitive while advancing the European harmonization.
Traffic management can increase the efficiency of road traffic using new concepts of organizing and servicing traffic. As basis for the process to influence the traffic, adequate information about the current traffic situation have to be gathered. The tasks can be divided into different parts: the development of innovative methods for monitoring traffic (traffic monitoring), traffic simulation and forecast, the development of methods to influence traffic operations and quality in transportation. The work at the institute concentrates on the management of major traffic systems (e.g. metropolitan areas) and special events.
The Institute of Transportation Systems develops methods and tools for improving the efficiency of transportation tasks through automation, develops the digitisation and simulation processes which are necessary for this purpose and applies it – with the aim of increasing sustainability whilst simultaneously ensuring mobility – to the application domain of airports.
The large-scale research facilities and laboratories of the Institute of Transportation Systems slot together like building blocks. Being able to flexibly combine each individual building block is a significant feature of the facility's portfolio. For example, it is possible to combine several different simulation models for volunteer studies. This means that we are able to take into account critical situations in traffic flow – at junctions and level crossings – at an early stage in the development of future assistance systems. In addition, the modules can be combined to form a complete workflow. The Institute's large-scale research facilities make it possible to create a continuous and unbroken chain from the collection of empirical data and carrying out of simulated trials right through to the step-by-step translation of scientific findings into reality.
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