IKEM examines the ways air rescue concepts must be adapted, when overhead cables are installed for truck traffic on highways.




Climate change requires a rapid decarbonization of all economic sectors, in order to meet the German and European climate goals. Particularly in the transport sector, which emissions remain static in Germany for years now, technological alternatives to fossil fuels must be implemented promptly.

For the heavy freight traffic, overhead wires constitute as an electronic road system (ERS) such an alternative. However, the landing of rescue helicopters on highways with an overhead wire infrastructure presents a central challenge to this sort of ERS.

IKEMs project ERS-RTH examines the relevance of air rescue for highways and how present concepts of air rescue can be adapted.



IKEM – Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility e.V.

Use of rescue helicopters in the field of eHighways

Principal: Autobahn GmbH des Bundes

Project partner: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Kühnel

Duration: 09/2021–05/2022