Infinitely mobile – in a finite world

More and more cars and trucks on the road, more people and goods on the trains: the Swiss government is basing its forecasts for traffic growth up to 2040 on billions of francs needing to be spent on upgrading the infrastructure in the years to come.

Because there is less and less space available for infrastructures, the primary focus now will be to make better use of the existing traffic routes. This is where new technologies, and especially communications and information technologies (ICT) come into play.

Attempts to bring escalating mobility under control by means of modern technologies are also having an ever greater impact on other sectors of our lives:  examples include increased flexibilisation of working hours and workplaces, and a new way of recording working hours. This in turn impacts on data protection, the private sector and the right to informational self-determination, but also on spatial and urban planning and not least on the environment and energy generation.

TA-SWISS considers developments in the mobility/energy/climate sector from technical, social and environmental policy perspectives.

Aktuelle Projekte

Self-driving cars

In the future, cars will be able to drive completely autonomously thanks to sensors, maps and software. Intelligent control systems will enable cars to be safer, use less fuel and cause less congestion. This will give passengers more time for their day-to-day lives. Self-driving cars could contribute to new mobility concepts and solve existing traffic problems. In addition, they are likely to be more environmentally friendly and conserve resources.

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Driverless – everything under control?

Self-driving cars in Switzerland’s traffic system
Abridged version of the study «Automatisiertes Fahren in der Schweiz: Das Steuer aus der Hand geben?»

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Abgeschlossene Projekte

Transport telematics (2003)

Transport telematics can optimize the use of transport resources and promote a competitive and resource efficient transport system.

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Road Pricing» (2004)

Road pricing are direct charges levied for the use of roads mainly intended as a means to manage transportation demand and to reduce peak hour travel and the associated traffic congestion. The idea is controversial - or is it?

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Opportunities and risks of electromobility in Switzerland (2013)

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Biomass fuel - second Generation (2010)

The new generation of biofuels can be produced from plants that do not compete with the cultivation of foods and should also be more environmentally friendly. Empty promises?

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Deep geothermal energy (2014)

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