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Safe and efficient traffic in the Ingolstadt Innovation Lab

January 24, 2024 | Research Project IN2Lab successfully completed

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Within IN2Lab, a project with a duration of 3.5 years, the »First Mile« test field was established at Lake Auwaldsee in Ingolstadt, and a security system for automated driving functions was developed. The final event on January 24 in Ingolstadt clearly highlighted that the test field has enriched the mobility region with an open, urban development, and demonstration platform for 5G-based mobility applications.

Under the coordination of THI, project partners Fraunhofer IVI (with its application center in Ingolstadt), Audi, Blickfeld, and Continental developed essential components of the security system. These include infrastructure-side sensors for environmental perception, Car2X communication for the interconnection of vehicles and infrastructure, as well as a Mission Control backend for monitoring and control. Fraunhofer IVI, in collaboration with THI, is a key partner in the test field and has significantly contributed to its conception, architecture, and specification. Additionally, the institute supports the expansion of the test field with further Roadside Units in the 5GoIng project, as well as its evolution into an open innovation lab.

IN2Lab was funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy as part of the Bayern Digital II initiative.

Hochrheinseminar visits Fraunhofer IVI

January 24, 2024 | Potential future researchers receive information on the institute and its projects

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A one-week study trip offered by the »Hochrheinseminar für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften (Hochrhein Seminar for Mathemetics and the Sciences)« – a support program for highly gifted youths launched by the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg across different schools – brought 20 students and two teachers to Dresden.

On January 24, they stopped at Fraunhofer IVI. In addition to receiving a short presentation on the institute, the students had the opportunity to get acquainted with the FAPS and ALBACOPTER®  research projects. They showed great interest in both subjects and were given information about study course options in the capital of Saxony and student assistant jobs with Fraunhofer. 

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Intelligent tracking and prediction system for improved safety and cooperative driving

January 16, 2024 | Kick-off meeting of DISRUPT project held in Ingolstadt

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Cooperative tracking and prediction scenario

DISRUPT is short for »Decentralized Intelligent System for Road User Prediction and Tracking«. The project aims at investigating cooperative environment perception and traffic participant prediction with the help of infrastructure and vehicle sensors. Two major tasks within the project are the development of connected, decentralized tracking algorithms and the prediction of traffic participants.

The project receives funding from VDI/VDE within the »Digitalization« funding line of the Bavarian Joint Research Program (BayVFP) launched by the Free State of Bavaria. Fraunhofer IVI acts as the project coordinator.

Fraunhofer ALBACOPTER® Lighthouse Project impresses guests

December 6-7, 2023 | Advisory board meeting held at Fraunhofer IVI

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Meeting of the Fraunhofer ALBACOPTER® advisory board.

At the close of a successful year filled with exciting tasks related to the individual technologies and the system integration, and with several public appearances at events such as the Paris Air Show, the IAA in Munich and the AIRTEC in Augsburg, a meeting was held in Dresden in the presence of the project advisory board and representatives from the Fraunhofer Headquarters.

The consortium showcased the project's current state of research in several expert presentations and with the help of numerous exhibits on topics such as flight control, AI-based emergency landing and flight monitoring, redundant on-board electronics, electrified drivetrain, rotor test rig, and recyclable light-weight materials.

For the first time, the many internal and external guests could take a look at ALBACOPTER® 0.5's finished wings, as well as fuselage and tail components, all manufactured by Leichtwerk AG in Braunschweig. The results of the ALBACOPTER® 1.0 design studies could be experienced via VR glasses.  The plan to continue the excellent cooperation with Leichtwerk AG in the following years within the scope of an ALBACOPTER® 1.0 innovation partnership was agreed upon unanimously by the advisory board.

First test flights of the ALBACOPTER® 0.5 are scheduled for the spring of 2024 at the DLR's national testing center in Magdeburg-Cochstedt. The necessary permit to fly was already issued by the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA).

Launch of experimental real-world lab in Mittweida

December 7, 2023 | Saxon State Minister Thomas Schmidt hands over the keys to the new Telewerk building

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At the example of the Telewerk real-world lab, Fraunhofer IVI, Hochschule Mittweida and Volksbank Mittweida jointly explore and demonstrate options for modern living and working in rural areas that simultaneously help to improve the entire region. At the start of experimentation date on December 7, Thomas Schmidt, Saxon State Minister for Regional Development, handed over the keys to the the newly constructed project building, which provides a shell for the experimental platform and is a part of it at the same time. 

Telewerk sees itself as a regional pioneer in several fields of action related to modern work. This includes cyber-secure digital infrastructures, IoT networking between buildings and facilities, minimizing the building's carbon footprint during construction and operation through its use of wood as a sustainable material and through its regenerative supply with energy, and extends to investigating remote working and sustainable living in the countryside from the perspective of social sciences.

The Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development (SMR) has granted funding for the project within its simul+ InnovationHub and also supports the »AMSEL« pilot settlement (self-sufficient micro settlement for an energy-conscious lifestyle), which is going to be built under Fraunhofer IVI's leadership at the same site within the next months.

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Together on the road to Vision Zero

December 4-5, 2023 | Partners in the EU project SOTERIA gather for the General Assembly in Dresden

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The SOTERIA partners gathered at Fraunhofer IVI for the second General Assembly.

In the context of a rapidly changing EU urban mobility, in parallel with a concerning number of road fatalities, the European Commission (EC) has set an ambitious goal: achieve close-to-zero deaths in European roads by 2050, the so-called “Vision Zero”. The research project SOTERIA, funded within the Horizon Europe program, aims to accelerate the attainment of the Vision Zero EU goal for vulnerable road users, through a holistic framework of innovative models, tools and services that enable data driven urban safety intelligence, facilitate safe travelling of VRUs and foster the safe integration of micro-mobility services in complex environments.

During the second General Assembly, project participants gathered for a two-day exchange at Fraunhofer IVI in Dresden. The agenda included expert presentations, updates on individual work packages, and planning for the next steps, as well as specific workshops on planning the further exploitation of project results.

The next major milestone will be the analysis of a Europe-wide survey on the perceived safety and experienced uncertainties of vulnerable road users. Participation in this survey is welcome until the end of the year. All participants have the chance to win attractive prizes.

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European premiere: Opening of first battery swap station for heavy e-trucks

November 23, 2023 | eHAUL project presents their facilities in Lübbenau

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Video: Automated battery swap station for heavy e-trucks

Europe (finally) has its first fully automated battery swap station for heavy trucks, which was presented to an enthusiastic audience in Lübbenau (Brandenburg) and showcased in a live demonstration.

Within only 10 minutes, it is now possible to exchange batteries, continue a trip with fully charged batteries, and recharge extracted batteries independently of the vehicles. This marks the technology's next stept towards market introduction, which can make a valuable contribution to the electrification of heavy commercial vehicles while usually only depending on existing power grid connections. Two 40-ton vehicles equipped with the system are now starting regular operation on their routes between Berlin and Dresden. To make this possible, both the vehicles and the swap station were outfitted with the monitoring system developed by Fraunhofer IVI. The system will record valuable data which is needed for evaluating the testing phase and will serve as a basis for improving the instiute's battery diagnosis algorithms. In the process, the impact of the battery swapping concept on battery aging will be investigated.

The swap station is  a result of the eHAUL project funded by the BMWK (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action).

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Germany's and Europe's first fully automated battery swap station for heavy commercial e-vehicles was opened within the scope of the eHAUL project.
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Germany's and Europe's first fully automated battery swap station for heavy commercial e-vehicles was opened within the scope of the eHAUL project.et.
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Germany's and Europe's first fully automated battery swap station for heavy commercial e-vehicles was opened within the scope of the eHAUL project.

Better safety for vulnerable road users through cooperative systems

November 7, 2023 | Workshop on the VRU (vulnerable road user protection) C-ITS service held at Fraunhofer IVI

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Workshop on the vulnerable road user protection C-ITS service

Within the scope of the C-ROADS project, Fraunhofer IVI invited its Hamburg project partners to Dresden for a workshop. Together with their colleagues from the Hamburg Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water and the Hamburg Verkehrsanlagen GmbH, the institute's employees discussed the implementation of the VRU C-ITS Service for the protection of vulnerable road users. The VRU service is a promising service that can help realize "Vison Zero" in the context of accidents involving bike riders and pedestrians.

With their approach to cooperative driving via C-ITS, the institute has pursued and made its mark on developments in the field of standardization, harmonization and implementation. Some of the most prominent examples in this context are the establishment of a smart intersection for infrastructure-assisted driving and the variable testing environment on institute premises including mobile testing and measuring platforms. Only a holistic consideration of both infrastructure and multi-modal traffic participants can create the necessary conditions for safe and efficient automated and connected mobility (CCAM).

link to the research field "Cooperation and Infrastructure Assistance" at Fraunhofer IVI

link to the C-ROADS Germany website

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