As of September 2020, RWTH Aachen University has a new strategic partner, DB Fernverkehr AG, to drive innovation forward. The Deutsche Bahn subsidiary offers long-distance transport services with a focus on product and service quality to ensure comfortable and reliable operations for passengers. A high degree of customer orientation plays a central role for DB Fernverkehr, which aims to make the travel situation as pleasant as possible for the customer.
The company expects the cooperation with the university to allow a fast and effective access to innovative ideas from the RWTH Aachen University environment, also looking for innovative approaches that are not necessarily directly related to the railway, but come from other departments.
The aim of the cooperation is to initiate long-term R&D projects in order to test and verify the ideas and innovations developed at RWTH Aachen University within the DB Fernverkehr AG. In addition, a "Tech Challenge" is planned for next year, in which students will be asked to develop and work out ideas for Deutsche Bahn.