Transport & Traffic

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Jan Keiser


For decades, a steady development towards even larger cities, together with an increased demand for public and industrial transportation, is becoming apparent. At the same time, one wishes to reduce traffic-induced noise and pollution. Today's challenge is to apply information and communication technology (ICT) so the existing infrastructure can be used more efficiently.

The combination of diverse information systems allows for a multi-modal mobility, providing seamless planning, reservation, booking, accounting and utilization of all modes of transportation, including aircrafts, trains, public transport systems, cabs, rental bikes and cars sharing. Especially in urban areas it is important to make the existing public transportation systems more appealing by providing e.g. up to date travel information. With the introduction of e-mobility and driver assistant systems, providing e.g. traffic information and services for finding and booking parking areas and charging stations, both traveling time and environmental impact can be reduced. The same approach can be applied to industrial transportation, as well. In both cases, a variety of actors with conflicting goals are involved, calling for the development of new business models.

Concerning individual vehicles, the vision is to allow for the installation of additional services at any time, for instance providing additional comfort and safety by scheduling maintenance and repairs, and by providing navigation, entertainment and information services. Finally, inter-vehicle communication can provide additional safety by cautioning against upcoming accidents or congestions, also improving energy consumption and the flow of traffic as a whole.

The DAI-Lab is pursuing this vision in a variety of projects, such as Service Centric CarMini E 1.0Gesteuertes Laden V2.0BeMobilityBerlin elektromobil 2.0Smart e-UserNaNu!RouteChargeeFlotten BBEMDeCo FEViMoveFANIMARAMSES and in the Research Campus Mobility2Grid.