Freight transport is subject to various social, technological and political framework conditions and is driven by the striving of the players and stakeholders towards efficiency and customer satisfaction. Digitalisation, globalization and changing customer requirements are generating increase in traffic and changing demands for transport logistics. The group "Innovation and Freight Transport Concepts" investigates the commercial transport against the background of current trends and social developments. Relationships between technical innovations in commercial transport, political measures and economic structures are analysed to consolidate knowledge. Important topics are the market diffusion of alternative fuels and drivetrain technologies as well as innovations that arise, e.g. from the automation and digitalisation of transport logistics in the context of customer acceptance and an increase in efficiency.
With its research, the group supports innovation activities in freight transport in order to ensure its long-term performance.
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As a result of its research, the group evaluates effects on freight transport on the basis of forecasts and scenarios and derives recommendations for action.