UTRaLab – Urban Traffic Research Laboratory


  • Karsten Kozempel German Aerospace Center
  • Andreas Luber German Aerospace Center
  • Marek Junghans German Aerospace Center




The Urban Traffic Research Laboratory (UTRaLab) is a research and test track for traffic detection methods and sensors. It is located at the Ernst-Ruska-Ufer, in the southeast of the city of Berlin (Germany). The UTRaLab covers 1 km of a highly-frequented urban road and is connected to a motorway. It is equipped with two gantries with distance of 850 m in between and has several outstations for data collection. The gantries contain many different traffic sensors like inductive loops, cameras, lasers or wireless sensors for traffic data acquisition. Additionally a weather station records environmental data. The UTRaLab’s main purposes are the data collection of traffic data on the one hand and testing newly developed sensors on the other hand.


Kozempel, K., Saul, H., Haberjahn, M., & Kaschwich, C. (2014). A Comparison of Trajectories and Vehicle Dynamics Acquired by High Precision GPS and Contemporary Methods of Digital Image Processing. In 20th international conference on urban transport and the environment (Vol. 138, pp. 381–391). Retrieved from http://elib.dlr.de/89391/

Reulke, R., Meffert, B., piltz, B., Bauer, S., Hein, D., Hohloch, M., & Kozempel, K. (2008). Long-term investigations of quality and reliability of the video image detection system m3. In International Workshop on Traffic data Collection & its Standardization. IWTDCS 2008. Retrieved from http://elib.dlr.de/56584/

Saul, H., Kozempel, K., & Haberjahn, M. (2014). A comparison of methods for detecting atypical trajectories. In 20th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment (Vol. 138, pp. 393–403). Retrieved from http://elib.dlr.de/89352/

Savic, N., Junghans, M., & Krstic, M. (2014). Traffic Data Collection Using Tire Pressure Monitoring System. In Telematics - Support for Transport: 14th International Conference on Transport Systems Telematics (pp. 19–28).

Cite article as: DLR Institute of Transportation Systems. (2017). UTRaLab – Urban Traffic Research Laboratory. Journal of large-scale research facilities, 3, A116. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-3-148