Traffic creation and mobility patterns

Traffic creation and mobility patterns
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A central aspect of the VEU project is the investigation of mobility behavior. Every day we make decisions that influence the development of transport and thus also the environment: whether, for instance, to drive, cycle, walk or take public transport on the way to work, the shops or for leisure. Businesses and authorities decide if goods are transported by road, rail, air or ship, or which transport mode is used for business trips and which vehicle is used in business fleets.

Mobility in transformation

Resulting mobility patterns are thus influenced by many factors, e.g. technological innovation, changes in the labor market, the economy, consumer and leisure preferences, and also demographic developments.

Statistics and new trends:

The causes and background of mobility patterns are investigated in the VEU project with empirical studies.  The findings and data are integrated into the development of transport demand models. In addition, the acceptance of new concepts and technologies is also examined – of car sharing, for instance, or the use of information and communication technology, e.g. in the control of logistics processes or passenger information on public transport.

The main research focuses are:

  • The development of behavior and mobility patterns in Germany: from transport demand to modal choice and trip purpose, to mobility trends
  • The interrelationship between urban structure, residential and business location decisions, and mobility patterns
  • The development of long-distance transport: an analysis of a growing segment and the reasons for choosing between the competing modes of air, road and rail
  • An examination of national and international goods transport: production and consumption patterns, logistical nodal points, businesses’ logistics concepts and their interdependency with the creation of freight transport demand Analysis of the global air transport sector.
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