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Fraunhofer battery bus in test operation

Since Monday, November 3, 2014, the Fraunhofer IVI’s battery bus has been operating with passengers on Dresden’s bus route 61. The Fraunhofer scientists are in charge of the technical support while the local transport company DVB is the responsible demonstration partner.

Training for the emergency case

Emergency services are testing the results of the IDIRA project under real-life conditions

Polish and German emergency services were fighting a fictive flood at the river Neiße in Görlitz, Germany on 4th of October 2014. The exercise featured components from the European project IDIRA, securing the smooth communication between relief forces from different countries. In the project coordinated by Fraunhofer IVI, the next large-scale exercise is planned for Greece this November, practicing the multinational collaboration during fires and earthquakes. 

Fast charging in public transport – electric driving without catenaries

It has been touring the streets of Dresden for a while now and passers-by are curiously watching the new bus which looks different from the DVB’s other buses. A field test with passengers will soon be carried out to evaluate this fast-charging bus in practice. TÜV, Germany’s association for technical inspection, will have the final say on the technical certification.


Dresden Science Night 2014

Almost 1000 visitors came to the Fraunhofer IVI for the annual Dresden Science Night in July. While in the beginning, the majority took a seat in the pavilion to watch the live broadcast of the World Cup quarter final France vs. Germany, many visitors took the chance to drive one of the various electric vehicles on the institute’s test track later in the evening.

Before the official start of the event, the Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, Sven Morlok, handed over the grant notifications for the project »EmiD - Electromobility in Dresden« and announced the official project kickoff by cutting the ribbon.

Day of Architecture at the Fraunhofer IVI

The Fraunhofer IVI again invited the public on the Day of Architecture which took place on 28th of June 2014. Visitors came to see the renovated library which was designed by Michaela Hoppe architect’s office. This project was listed as a best practice project of the German architectural associations.

Video clip AutoTram® Extra Grand

Get an insight into the technical refinements of the AutoTram® Extra Grand in our new video clip. The film shows details which make the world’s longest bus so special. 

AutoTram® Extra Grand taking a test drive through Dresden

On 15th November 2013, the AutoTram® Extra Grand could be spotted during a nighttime “expedition” through the city of Dresden.

Visit of British Ambassador

The British Ambassador to Germany, Simon McDonald, visited the Fraunhofer IVI on 9th October 2013.

On the institute's new test track, Mr. McDonald enjoyed his ride in the AutoTram® Extra Grand - in the driver seat!

At the same time, the visit was a stop on the GREAT Britain MINI tour of Germany which has started in the beginning of 2013. The meeting of the two vehicles was captured during a photo shoot.

Fraunhofer IVI cooperates with TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems was appointed honorary professor at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Starting this winter semester, a new honorary professor will be teaching at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Faculty of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering: Dr. Matthias Klingner, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, will be working in the subject area »Applied Systems Theory«.  

On 7th October 2013, Dr. Klingner was awarded his certificate of appointment by Prof. Dirk C. Meyer, Prorector for structural development at the TU Bergakademie. Speakers included the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Alfons Ams, and Prof. Jana Kertzscher of the Institute of Electrical Engineering. The welcome event for the new honorary professor was also attended by Dr. Annerose Beck from the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts.


AutoTram® Extra Grand at the doors open day of the German Federal Government

On 24th and 25th August 2013, visitors had the chance to see the AutoTram® Extra Grand in Berlin. One of Fraunhofer IVI’s core developments on the intermediate vehicle is the innovative multi-axle steering. In the video clip, group manager Frank Steinert explains in German the technical details of the steering system which guarantees easy maneuvering in both forward and reverse drive.

Response without borders: intelligent software and hardware systems connecting European disaster management

International relief supplies and personnel support during earthquakes, floods or hurricane incidents are seen as a matter of course today. The work of relief forces, however, is impeded not only by language barriers and unfavorable weather conditions, but also by the lack of standards, equipment and execution regulations.

The EC-funded project IDIRA addresses precisely these issues. 18 organizations from 7 EU countries are searching for solutions over a project duration of four years. German partners involved in the project are the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI and the German Red Cross, Saxony branch.

The CLOSER project - joint European research for more efficient freight and passenger transport

Characteristics such as the efficiency of planning processes, the proximity of highway or platform access and the annual growth rate of freight or passenger volume – these are examples of indicators for analyzing and assessing interchange terminals. Within the EC-funded project CLOSER, such case studies have been carried out in several European cities.

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Elegant and maneuverable – the AutoTram® Extra Grand at the IAA Commercial Vehicles

The AutoTram® Extra Grand currently does its laps on the DEKRA test track at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, working through the testing procedure to obtain a single vehicle approval. In past weeks, an increasing number of journalists and press representatives have been expressing their interest in this impressive vehicle. They are fascinated by its length, which raises several questions: How can a vehicle of this enormous size cope with the tight bends of city traffic? Is it a hazard to other traffic participants? How can the AutoTram® be maneuvered forward and reverse?

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Premiere of AutoTram® Extra Grand

The AutoTram® Extra Grand was presented to the public for the first time yesterday in the historic city center of Dresden. The premiere of »the world’s longest bus« attracted many visitors and press. Earlier in the afternoon, representatives from politics and research visited the vehicle, including the German Minister of Education and Research, Prof. Anette Schavan, the Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich and Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology. The AutoTram® Extra Grand is more than 30 meters long and has a capacity of 256 passengers.

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The world from above – the Fraunhofer IVI is developing a hovering sensor platform

The octocopter HORUS (HOvering Remote controlled Ultra-light Sensorplatform) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Dresden provides a complete panoramic view and can be applied for photography, videography or thermography. Thanks to its eight rotors, the platform does not only have a higher load capacity, but also an increased reliability, compared to quadrocopters. The air vehicle is a serious alternative to manned and unmanned flying objects which are already in operation. Due to its technical variability and low costs, the octocopter is perfectly suitable for scientific field campaigns.

Research Fields of the Institute

  • Traffic information and live camera systems;
    traffic process analysis - evaluation and optimization;
    disaster management;
    electronic ticketing
  • Energy storage and hydrogen infrastructure;
    mobile fuel cell systems;
    automatic lateral guidance systems;
    monitoring of traffic-related emissions
  • Intermediate vehicles;
    hybrid-electric powertrains and alternative fuels;
    operational concepts for drivers and driver assistance systems; optical guidance;
    lane recognition and obstacle detection;
    life cycle cost analysis (LCC)
  • Locating technologies;

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