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When the streetcar brings packages

Start: 03/2021

End: 02/2024

In the future, it will be important to shift freight transport from road to rail in order to improve climate balance of urban cargo transport and relieve road-based traffic infrastructure in cities. Combined transport by rail currently occurs mainly between the major freight terminals as well as to and from seaports.

In cities as well as urban agglomerations, rail-based cargo transport has hardly played a role to date. Small-scale CEP (courier, express and parcel services) transports travel by road, hence new concepts have to be developed. The joint LogIKTram project aims to develop a logistics concept and an information and communication technology (ICT) platform for future freight transport in trains and trams.

The project started on March 1, 2021, and is scheduled to run for three years. LogIKTram will receive funding totaling around 2.75 million euros from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. LogIKTram is a fundamental sub-project of the overarching regioKArgo initiative, which has set itself the goal of analyzing and implementing new approaches for freight transport including last-mile transport in Karlsruhe and the surrounding region. The aim of regioKArgo is to shift more cargo-induced traffic from road to rail in the future and make last-mile logistics emission-free.


Christoph Becker

Vice Division Manager
Division: Software Engineering

Research focus

Intelligent Transportation Systems and Logistics

Intelligent solutions for the transportation of people and goods represent a focus topic of FZI’s application research. Particular attention is paid to public transport, the application of artificial intelligence, the further development of driving functions and their safeguarding, and open source & open data.

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