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The future of transportation is being explored virtually

The Digital Mobility Lab enables researchers to tackle mobility-related questions using digital methods.

How will pedestrians, public transportation, cyclists and drivers coexist in city centres in the future? How might self-driving vehicles affect traffic? And how can mobility become more sustainable in the countryside? These questions can all be explored virtually. The Digital Mobility Lab (DML) at the ZHAW makes it possible to digitally analyse, simulate and plan traffic flows. It offers a unified and transparent database for lecturers and students of the Transportation Systems degree programme. 

Continuous development 

The DML simplifies coordination by facilitating networking and minimising redundancies. The virtual lab was created by various institutes and centres at the School of Engineering. Since the world is evolving and contexts are changing, the lab is expanded and developed continuously, among other things, based on papers produced by students. For example, it is adapted to evolving mobility and transport needs, new scientific insights and technological advances. 

The DML relies on standard software used in the transportation industry, such as Visum, Viriato or Open Track. Eventually, it will also be made available to external researchers and enable them to tackle real-life challenges in the digital space.