Mobility has a high priority in our society. People want to reach their destination safely, comfortably and quickly. Goods must be transported cost-effectively over short and long distances. The consequences of mobility are manifested in environmental pollution, accidents and traffic jams, and are intensifying as the volume of traffic continues to grow. We face up to these challenges. We develop solutions for safe and efficient mobility in the future.
Shaping the mobility of people and the transportation of goods - that is our mission. We focus our research and development on automotive and rail systems as well as traffic and mobility management. The guiding goals of our work are: Safety, efficiency, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and quality. Our research always focuses on the overall transportation system with all its interactions.
To support our scientific work, we develop and operate large-scale research facilities ranging from test vehicles to complex simulation laboratories.
We design, develop and evaluate user-friendly and application-oriented solutions and systems for situation detection, assessment and control, for safety and dispatching as well as for assistance and automation.
The DLR Institute of Transportation Systems is researching technologies for the intermodally networked and automated transport of the future on road and rail. Interdisciplinary teams with a total of 250 scientists are developing innovative operating concepts and methods in Braunschweig and Berlin. Their goal is to ensure climate-neutral and sustainable mobility in cities and regions.
The researchers are designing a transport system that networks vehicles, road users and infrastructure. This enables mobility services based on automation that are integrated into intermodal traffic management systems for intelligent traffic control. Digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence are important tools here. The close cooperation within the DLR network enables the utilisation of synergies with aerospace and energy research. The institute works together with partners from science and industry in an application-oriented manner and aligns its research with the requirements of politics and society.
The Institute of Transport Systems Engineering was founded in 2001 at Braunschweig Research Airport under the direction of Prof Dr Karsten Lemmer. Prof Dr Axel Hahn is currently acting director.
The quality of the institute's work is certified in accordance with ISO 9001. The RailSiTe® railway laboratory is accredited as a test laboratory for the conformity and interoperability of ETCS subsystems and components in accordance with ISO 17025.