PEM Researches Data-Based Route Planning in Road Freight Transport

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In the "DRivE" project, the chair "Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components" (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University and FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen University are working with industrial partners on digitized route planning for road freight transport with different energy supply technologies. The aim of the project is to develop the technical prerequisites for eco-efficient, data-based long-distance transport of trucks with alternative drives. The integration of real-time data from the charging and refueling infrastructure is intended to compensate for the disadvantages of alternatively powered vehicles. The solution is to be pilot-tested on a connecting route between the German lignite mining regions.

Real-time data to increase planning reliability for transport companies

The project partners are focusing on recording real data from vehicles and infrastructure to develop a routing algorithm that incorporates real-time data to increase the planning reliability of transport companies. In the long term, the project should lead to a reduction in current barriers to investment in environmentally friendly technologies. Trucks currently cause around ten percent of global CO2 emissions. To achieve climate targets, long-distance tours must also be made using alternative drive systems in the future. However, the lack of transparency regarding the available charging and refueling infrastructure and the associated concern about detours or waiting times in the transport business is considered a major obstacle.

Requirements analysis and technical specification

A requirements analysis with a view to the market, competition, vehicles, infrastructure, and software as well as the technical specification and modeling of the network, vehicles, infrastructure, processes, data, transactions, roles, and algorithms as well as a newly developed business model will be performed to achieve the project goals. In the end, transport companies should be able to use vehicles with alternative energy supply through traction batteries, hydrogen, or liquefied natural gas in long-distance transport without having to accept logistical disadvantages in the form of detours or waiting times.



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The project

  • "DRivE": Data-based route planning in road freight transport with different energy supply technologies

Research objectives

  • Development of a routing algorithm for vehicles with alternative drives
  • Development of a business model for providing the service
  • Establishing an interface for the driver
  • Validation in pilot-like operation
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Research and project partners

PEM of RWTH Aachen University
FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen University
Park Your Truck GmbH
ZeKju GmbH
Mansio GmbH
Hammer Road Cargo
Maintrans Internationale Spedition


  • 05/01/2023 through 12/31/2024

Project management

TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH

Funding code

  • 19FS2054A


Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV)