Vehicle and Transport System Engineering

Technologies for novel commercial vehicle concepts are the main area of research in the Department »Vehicle and Transport System  Engineering«. Core competencies include innovative vehicle solutions and key enabling technologies in the areas of road-bound and rail-bound public transport, including vehicle design, solutions for individual parts construction, innovative propulsion technologies, methods for energy-efficient vehicle operation regarding propulsion and auxiliaries as well as steering control and driver assistance systems. Many of the developed solutions have been applied in the AutoTram® Extra Grand.

We offer support to realize new mobility concepts and to develop integrated mobility technologies.

Range of Services

  • Conception and design of electric powertrains for commercial and special-purpose vehicles
  • Detection and analysis of the energy demand of commercial vehicles
  • Energy demand simulation for conventional, hybrid and fully electric vehicles
  • Introduction concepts for electric buses
  • Vehicle concepts for special purposes
  • Testing and setup of powertrain components for commercial vehicles on the institute’s own test stands and test track
  • Fast charging concepts for electric commercial vehicles
  • Innovative steering systems for extra-long, multi-axle-steered road vehicles
  • Functional safety analysis, design and implementation in vehicles and their components
  • Image processing
  • Accident analyses and methods for the assessment of vehicle safety systems


Head of Department

Prof. Dr. Thoralf Knote

► since 2008

Head of Department »Vehicle and Transport System Engineering« at Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI

► 2004-2008

Group manager »Transportation Systems / Human Machine Interface« at Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI

► 2002

PhD in Traffic Engineering at faculty of Transportation and Traffic Sciences »Friedrich List« of Dresden University of Technology

► 2001-2004

Research fellow (project manager) at Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI

► 1995-2001

Research fellow at the Institute for Traffic Planning and Road Traffic at Dresden University of Technology

► 1990-1995

Studies of traffic engineering at University of Transport and Communications / TU Dresden (University of Technology) with specialization in public transport, traffic planning and road traffic engineering

► 1986-1990

Military service and A-level course

► 1986

Conductor with Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railway)

► 1984-1986

Apprenticeship as railway man with Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railway)

The list of presentations and publications can be found on the German pages.