PTV turns 40: World market leader with a start-up mentality

The German software company celebrates its corporate anniversary

Karlsruhe, Germany. 03/07/2019. The PTV Group based in Karlsruhe, Germany, is celebrating its 40th anniversary under the motto ‘Shaping tomorrow since 1979’. The company has been developing intelligent software solutions for transport and logistics for four decades, ensuring that people and goods arrive safely and on time worldwide.

Founded in 1979 as a spin-off of today's KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), PTV can look back on numerous innovations and important milestones. In the early 1980s, the software provider developed the world's first PC-based route optimisation program. Today, more than 30 million routes per day are optimised with PTV software, and more than 2,500 cities around the world rely on PTV solutions.

"Over the past four decades, we have built a strong international reputation in this field. As world market leader, we cover all facets of transport and traffic – a unique selling point in the industry," explains Vincent Kobesen, CEO of PTV Group.

Porsche Automobil Holding SE, that has acquired PTV in 2017, is also impressed by the company’s enormous market potential. Board member Philipp von Hagen says: "Efficient mobility has a significant impact on the economic performance and attractiveness of a location. PTV's technologies and models play a central role in strategic decisions relating to transport and logistics."

As an internationally acknowledged partner, PTV provides decision-makers with the right tools, enabling them to provide future-proof mobility concepts and solutions. For example, in Australia, PTV software is the heart of Sydney’s new state-of-the-art traffic management system. And in Europe, PTV technology is used for the development of the European transport model, which encompasses all passenger transport and freight movements across Europe. But also PTV’s home region appreciates the company’s innovative solutions. Together with the City of Karlsruhe and its Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup, the company is working on further advancing Karlsruhe’s visibility as a model region for mobility.

"With trends such as Mobility as a Service and Autonomous Driving, the mobility sector is facing major upheavals. It is increasingly becoming a global challenge to move people and cargo economically, safely and with environmental awareness. We provide the right tools to meet these challenges," says Vincent Kobesen. "But this also means that we are not resting on our 40 years of experience in transport and logistics. We will continue to work very hard, with enthusiasm and passion, to shape the mobility of the future. And with our start-up mentality, we will continue to hit the ground running.”


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PTV. The Mind of Movement

PTV Group takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic, transport and logistics to create and promote sustainable mobility. Recognised as global market leader, PTV develops intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management. Thus cities, companies and people save time and money, enhance road safety and minimise the impact on the environment. Based on its unique expertise in every facet of mobility, PTV ensures that people and goods arrive at their destinations safe and sound, and on time.

More than 2,500 cities deploy PTV products. Trips and routes for over one million vehicles are planned with our software. The European transport model, which encompasses all passenger transport and freight movements in Europe, is developed using PTV software. We currently have approximately 900 colleagues worldwide committed to driving the high performance of our products. PTV’s headquarters, located in the heart of the Karlsruhe technology region, house the company’s centre of development and innovation. From here, PTV plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide – it's the central idea which has accompanied the Group since its foundation in 1979.

The PTV business is managed worldwide in six regions: Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, MENA (Middle East, Africa, India), Asia Pacific, Americas.

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Celebrating PTV’s 40th anniversary with street art: Vincent Kobesen, CEO of PTV, at the corporate anniversary celebration.


In 2019, PTV Group celebrates its 40th anniversary.


Vincent Kobesen (r.) together with Philipp von Hagen, member of the board of Porsche SE, at PTV’s anniversary celebration