Research Projects

Duration: Nov 2019 - Feb 2020

Funding provider: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

ContactProf. Kai-Oliver Schocke

Drone flight test between Gernsheim and Darmstadt

With the ProGeDa project, ReLUT is for the first time researching drones as a substitute transportation mode for cars, used to transport sample material from the pharmaceutical company Merck. The core task of the project is to evaluate the transport case across plants and to develop a long-term business model. Many aspects are taken into account, such as transport speed, sustainability, costs and flexibility. In cooperation with Wingcopter GmbH and Merck KGaA, pigment samples will fly from the Merck plant in Gernsheim to the laboratory in Darmstadt over public ground from January 13 to 24, 2020 with scientific support from ReLUT.

Duration: August 2019 to July 2021

Project partners: SimPlan AG, Hanauer Straßenbahn GmbH (HSB), Hanauer Infrastruktur Service (HIS)

Funding: This project (HA project no.: 767/19-87) is funded by the "Electromobility in Hesse" funding programme.

Project management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Josef Becker

Contact: Gérôme Löw, M.Eng.


The aim of the project is to create a digital twin for the design and evaluation of an electric bus fleet. With the twin, different operational scenarios can be investigated and evaluated. The local operator is planning to use the digital twin to investigate and determine the possible applications of alternatively powered buses in the public transport network. The focus is on the range of the buses in comparison with the daily mileage that needs to be covered as well as the need for and location of appropriate charging infrastructures.

Duration: April to December 2019

Management: Dr.-Ing. Dominic Hofmann

Sponsored by: Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing.


The aim of the project is to prepare a comprehensive potential analysis for the implementation of a central depot with environmentally friendly and bundled delivery of parcels on the last mile. Planning, economic but also legal factors are in the foreground. The interdisciplinary potential analysis will be prepared in such a way that its practical application is spatially transferable. Furthermore, the implementation of the project is to be realised in a planned follow-up project using an example neighbourhood.

The project consortium of the Frankfurt UAS consists of the leading members of ReLUT and Domenik Wendt, who will contribute his legal expertise to the project. The practice partner is the Bundesverband der Kurier-Express-Post Dienste e.V. (BdKEP).

Here you will find current results on the topic of Amazon Prime delivery traffic from the research project "DeinDepot".

Duration: March - May 2019

Administration:  Prof. Tobias Hagen (German only)

Sponsored by:Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Diesel ban in Frankfurt am Main – potential economic damage

Project focus lies on potential economic consequences of a diesel ban for certain diesel vehicles. The analysis will concentrate primarily on the affected parties who drive in and out of Frankfurt. Target groups are employees, craftsmen and retail sector.



Stakeholders: Local transport company Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF), CEP company Hermes and the House of Logistics and Mobility GmbH (HOLM)

Duration: October 2018 until December 2019

Head of project: Prof. Kai-Oliver Schocke

Funded by: the state of Hesse


The research project „LastMileTram“ has started in October 1st 2018. It analyses how it is possible to deliver parcels into city centers by using public transport, here in particular subways and trams. Focus is set on delivering parcels. Part one examines what kind of techniques are required (transport boxes, cargo bicycles, size of parcels and required loading volume etc.). In part 2 a pilot test will be conducted and evaluated afterwards. Stakeholders of the project are the local transport company (Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt), the CEP company Hermes and the House of Logistics and Mobility GmbH. This project is funded by the state of ministry of business, energy, traffic and state development in Hesse (Hessisches Ministerium fur Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung).

Project Partner: Prof. Oliver Schocke, Frankfurt UAS, Faculty 3, House of Logistics & Mobility (HOLM) GmbH

Duration: April 2018 – October 2019

Administration: Prof. Petra K. Schäfer

Sponsored by: State of Hesse


WV 3.0 Low-Emission Commercial Traffic in Frankfurt Rhine-Main

The goal of the project is to link commercial traffic, especially city logistics, and electromobility. The main focus of the research is the demonstration of practical, everyday convenience of electronically operated transport means (electric cars, e-bikes, drones, parcel robots etc.) in package delivery and construction site traffic of the metropolitan region Frankfurt Rhine-Main. Freight transport is thus the focal point of the research. By coordinating extensive pilot and demonstration measures in the cities of Frankfurt am Main, Darmstadt and Offenbach am Main, the project contributes not only to recognition of electromobility functionality in the mentioned application field but also to reduction of the pollutant emissions in city centers.

Associate project partner: City of Frankfurt am Main, Fulda and Cologne

Duration: March 2018 – February 2019

Administration: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra K. Schäfer

Sponsored by: Hessian Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure


Development of transferable collection methods taking into account innovative technologies for parking space data generation and digitalization of parking space

The project develops a transferable and extensible concept for parking space digitalization. First, the existing data is digitalized and allocated geographically. Thus, digital geo information system (GIS) for actual parking space status in the associated partner communes is created. Then a catalogue of methods and technologies is created that can be helpful when it comes to collecting missing data. At the end of the project a consortium is assembled, which will implement these methods and technologies in a further project in order to digitalize the whole parking space in the partner communes and thereby allow the communal planners to integrate conceptual parking space management into transport development plan based on comprehensive data collection.

Duration: January – December 2016

Sponsored by: State of Hesse

WV 2.0 – Analysis and Recommendations for CEP Branch Delivery Strategies in City Center

The project’s goal is the analysis and comparison of different delivery concepts of the Courier-Express-Parcel (CEP) services with regard to their impact on traffic. For this purpose, expert interviews were conducted, delivery processes were escorted and impact of different delivery models in public street space based on traffic surveys was studied. Additionally, clustering of city districts has to be carried out. The developed database is used to generate instructions for CEP services with respect to suitability of different shipment strategies for each city district type as well as recommendations for municipalities for a better integration of delivery transport in the city center traffic.

Duration: July – December 2014

Sponsored by: State of Hesse


WV 1.0 – Commercial Traffic in Frankfurt City Center

This project is conducted together with Prof. Dr. Kai-Oliver Schocke from Faculty 3 as well as conceptual support from City of Frankfurt and Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Frankfurt). The goal of the project is to generate a database for commercial traffic in Frankfurt city center, which is aimed to allow for identification of deficits in existing transport infrastructure. The background is the increasingly occurring traffic bottlenecks during delivery processes, whereby use conflicts between traffic participants occur on a consistent basis. The database rests, on the one hand, on traffic observations from a pilot area in Frankfurt city center and, on the other hand, the interviews with companies from logistics branch. Based on the evaluated traffic and mobility data, the catalogue with traffic planning measures has to be developed, which is aimed to improve the use of the existing traffic infrastructure and to resolve the traffic bottlenecks during logistics processes.

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