Fraunhofer lighthouse project ALBACOPTER® shows first results on scalable drone concept

Interim evaluation on 13-14 October 2022 with impressive technology marketplace in Dresden

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On the occasion of the interim evaluation after more than half of the runtime of the Fraunhofer lighthouse project ALBACOPTER®, Fraunhofer IVI invited the project partners, members of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft headquarters as well as the advisory board with representatives from industry and science to Dresden. The six institutes involved in the project provided information on their progress to date in the subprojects »Experimental aircraft«, »Autonomous Flying«, »Materials and Structures«, »Energy and Propulsion« and »Digital Twin« and gave an outlook on the further development steps in the next two years. The advisory board was impressed by the results and demonstrators presented.

An extensive technology marketplace offered the opportunity for professional exchange and exciting insights into the developments at the partner institutes. Using numerous exhibits, including for example a mockup of the energy interface between e-hover and aircraft, the ALBACOPTER® Flight Controller and a hardware-in-the-loop simulation consisting of a digital and a real model, the guests were able to experience the project innovations up close. A handmade 1:3 scale model of the flying test platform hovered above the audience.

Fraunhofer IVI as new national relay within the European Road Safety Charter

Since September, Fraunhofer IVI has been acting as the new national relay for Germany within the European Road Safety Charter (ERSC)

The European Road Safety Charter (ERSC) is led by the EU Commission and has over 3,800 members, which means that it is the largest road safety platform in civil society.

On October 17, the annual National Relay Meeting took place in Brussels to exchange the newest research results and measures in the field of road safety. The event also included a ceremony during which the »Excellence in Road Safety Awards« for outstanding projects in road safety work were given out. The award in the category »Technology« was granted to the German FeGIS+ project. The award was accepted by representatives of Initiative für sichere Straßen GmbH (Safe Roads Initiative GmbH) and ISAC – Institut für Straßenwesen (Institute of Highway Engineering) at RWTH Aachen University

For questions about the ERSC and its activities, we are always available as a national contact. In addition, we will gladly assist you in joining the organization.

YES! crowdfunding campaign starts on Oktober 6

Safety concept for e-bikes and pedelecs developed within the scope of the Fraunhofer Future Foundation crowdfunding campaign

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Every byciclist encounters dangerous traffic situations on a regular basis. Under the title »YES! – Your e-bike & pedelec safety«, Fraunhofer IVI is developing a safety concept for e-bikes and pedelecs as part of the Fraunhofer Future Foundation crowdfunding campaign.

The system consists of a bike handle and a helmet. Comprehensive integrated lighting and sensor equipment supports maximum accident prevention for bicyclists. If an accident occurs after all, the system will arrange for help by making an emergency call and alerting immediate family members.

Through a crowdfunding campaign hosted on the StartNext platform, the projet representatives aim to raise funds for the development of a series prototype that can be presented to potential industrial clients and be the basis for series production.

Fraunhofer IVI at the CAR 2 CAR Forum in Dresden

The Dresden digital test bed: A building block of tomorrow's connected mobility

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The »CAR 2 CAR Forum«, a two-day international conference organized by the CAR-2-CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC), was held on September 28 and 29 in Dresden. The C2C-CC aims being one of the earliest contributors to the vision zero goal and to efficient mobility by using intelligent, connected and cooperative transport systems (C-ITS).

At the event, Fraunhofer IVI representatives introduced their solutions for connected and assisted connected driving. Their main focus was on the digital C-ROADS – Urban Nodes pilot test bed in Dresden. Several services developed within the scope of this project were presented at the forum, including a GLOSA (Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory) service and an EVA (Emergency Vehicle Approaching) service. Another highlight showcased at the conference was the »Smart Intersection« system developed by the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT. The smart intersection uses infrastructure to capture all aspects of complex traffic situations and gives assistance to automated vehicles via networking. This way, cooperative mobility solutions help improve the flow of traffic, and they also make a significant contribution to increasing the safety of all traffic participants.

Fraunhofer lighthouse project COGNAC makes important contribution to digital transformation in agriculture

Closing event of the Smart Farming project with experts from agriculture, science and industry

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Demonstration of the CERES field robot
Over the past four years, in the Fraunhofer lighthouse project »Cognitive Agriculture (COGNAC)« seven other Fraunhofer institutes in addition to Fraunhofer IVI under the consortium leadership of Fraunhofer IESE have jointly investigated the challenges and the state of the art in agriculture and developed solution modules in the areas of sensor technology, robotics, automation, digital data space, and cognitive services. The project results were presented to the public at the closing event on September 29, 2022 in Dresden. The highlight of the event was the demonstration of the field robot CERES developed by Fraunhofer IVI, which has a fully automated high-current charging system and is thus able to work as a carrier of sensor systems as well as agricultural equipment in 24/7 operation.

The COGNAC project explored concepts and technologies for digital transformation in agriculture. During the project period from October 2018 to September 2022, the eight Fraunhofer institutes developed interdisciplinary solutions for smart farming applications to enable farmers to achieve high productivity in line with sustainability, resource efficiency or product quality in a digitalized world. As a project result, COGNAC stands for a digitally transformed agriculture: For farms and service providers, technological developments should create offers that are easy to use and universally applicable.

AuRa project grant notification handed over

Automation of the risk assessment procedure for flights of unmanned aircraft systems

Jan-Eric Putze (Droniq GmbH), Federal Minister Dr. Volker Wissing, Susanne Theresa Günther (Fraunhofer IVI)

At a handing over celebration on September 28 held at the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), Fraunhofer IVI and Droniq GmbH received their AuRa project grant notifications from Federal Minister Dr. Volker Wissing. The project, which had its kick-off in August of 2022, aims at creating foundations for the automated risk assessment for scheduled drone flights. 

Especially for drone flights that fall into the so-called »special category«, pre-flight risk assessment is absolutely necessary for their approval. Currently, this assessment process can only be carried out manually and individually for each scheduled flight, which is expensive and time-consuming. However, fast approval procedures are required in order to imrove the integration of drone flights into general air traffic. Through the introduction of automated and digital processes, costs can be reduced and time saved. As a consquence, it will be possible to issue more operating licenses in a shorter time frame, and the attractiveness of drone traffic can will be raised.

AuRa is one of seven projects that receive funding from the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport within the »Innovative Luftmobilität« (»Innovative Air Mobility«) funding program.

Test and pilot track for connected and automated driving opened

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After four years of construction, Saxony's Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport Martin Dulig officially opened the upgraded B 170 highway between the Dresden-Südvorstadt freeway junction and Bannewitz to traffic on September 23, 2022. This also created a test and pilot route for connected and automated driving, which significantly expands the already existing Digital Test Field Dresden. 

Fraunhofer IVI presented its comprehensive activities of the project C-Roads Urban Nodes for the Europe-wide harmonization of the new C-ITS services in the field of connected driving on the one hand and the Smart Intersection for intelligent infrastructure assistance for automated driving of the Fraunhofer CCIT cluster on the other hand. The new test track directly in front of the institute's »front door« enables the rapid development and efficient testing of new applications for connected and automated driving.

ON/OFF Road Safety

Safer road traffic due to modern communication between cars and agricultural machinery

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© Fraunhofer IVI

When driving a car on rural roads in summer and encountering a combine harvester, it is often necessary to stop and maneuver so that the extra-wide agricultural machine can pass your own vehicle without causing an accident.

Such scenarios in road traffic were the topic of the ON/OFF Road Safety event, which took place as part of the LANDNETZ research project on September 20, 2022 at the Köllitsch Teaching and Research Estate. Scientists from TU Dresden and Fraunhofer IVI demonstrated a potential accident scenario on site and showed how accidents can be avoided through appropriate communication between agricultural machinery and passenger cars. As part of the ON/OFF Road Safety subproject of the LANDNETZ joint project, researchers are working on new communication infrastructures and information systems that can be used to send and receive warnings as needed. The 5G campus network of the Köllitsch teaching and experimental farm is also being used for this purpose.

LANDNETZ is a joint research project of TU Dresden, the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) and Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is funding LANDNETZ as one of 14 digital experiment fields across Germany as part of the Future Digital Policy in Agriculture program. The aim is to provide targeted support for the further development of digitalization in the field of agriculture. The implementation of the research and development projects in LANDNETZ is supervised by the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

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An innovative multi-axle steering system for high-capacity buses

Fraunhofer IVI and Hübner at InnoTrans 2022

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From September 20 to 23, 2022, the InnoTrans was held in Berlin. At the leading international trade fair for transport technology, renowned exhibitors presented their solutions and technologies in the fields of railway technology, railway infrastructure, public transport, interiors and tunnel construction to the expert audience.

At the Hübner Group booth, Fraunhofer IVI introduced an innovative steering system for long articulated buses developed in cooperation with Hübner and Mobil Elektronik. The system comprises six steerable axles and complex control software. Through the interaction of both components, buses with multiple axles are able to navigate tight traffic routes precisely and safely. This way, the operating areas for high-capacity buses are expanded and both transport providers and passengers can enjoy the advantages of trams without having to pay the high costs of establishing or maintaining tram rail infrastructure systems.

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© Fraunhofer IVI
© Fraunhofer IVI

State Minister catches up on research for civil security

Armin Schuster visits Fraunhofer IVI

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On September 9, 2022, the Saxon State Minister of the Interior, Armin Schuster, visited the Fraunhofer IVI together with the Saxon Chief of Police, Jörg Kubiessa, and other high-ranking guests. The two-hour meeting was dedicated to an intensive exchange on current security-related topics and the continuous expansion of the cooperation.

In addition to the presentation of the institute’s research results in the field of civil security by the responsible head of department, Dr. Kamen Danowski, Director Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner outlined next steps regarding an even closer cooperation between police, other authorities and organizations with safety- and security-related tasks (BOS) as well as Fraunhofer IVI in the development of digital systems for communication and operational command. The meeting marks another important step on the successful way towards the nationwide establishment of technologies »made in Saxony«.

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Saxon State Minister of the Interior, Armin Schuster, at Fraunhofer IVI.
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Presentation of the latest research results by Director Matthias Klingner.

New ways of living and working in energy-conscious functional buildings

Presentation of joint projects at the 7th simul+ Future Forum on September 1st, 2022

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Matthias Klingner (Director of Fraunhofer IVI) and Volker Tolkmitt (Dean of Mittweida University of Applied Sciences) presenting at the simul+ Future Forum.

Living and working in rural areas: This concept should become more attractive for a well-educated young generation in the future. From reliable, renewable energy supplies to the cyber security of digital infrastructures and social issues of living and working together – there are many aspects to consider. At this year's Future Forum of the simul+ initiative, players from business, science and administration had the opportunity to present their approaches.

Together with Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, Volksbank Mittweida and medium-sized companies from Saxony, Fraunhofer IVI is working on sustainable concepts for regional change within the »Telewerk« project. As a so-called Reallabor (»real laboratory«), the project aims to support application-oriented research and training and thus promote sustainable ways of living in rural areas. These goals are optimally complemented by cooperating with the »AMSEL« project, in which Fraunhofer IVI is investigating networked micro-settlement structures based on Tiny House concepts, with a special focus on multifunctional timber construction. In addition to supporting the projects financially, the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development provides a platform for the networking of the projects in hosting the Future Forum.

»LAURIN« project kick-off

July 08, 2022

Handover of the funding agreement
Digital kick-off event for LAURIN

Following the handover of the funding agreement on June 21, 2022, the kick-off event for the long-awaited LAURIN project took place on July 8, 2022, as part of the »Modernity Fund - Digitization and Data-Based Innovations for Mobility 4.0 and Services of General Interest in the Lignite Mining Areas" funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV). Together with representatives of BMDV, the project sponsor VDI/VDE as well as the project partners, the goals for testing of cooperative and automated driving maneuvers as well as the swarm automation of the target platforms were discussed and debated.

As a result, the research project initiated by Fraunhofer IVI together with DEKRA is to raise the test automation of DEKRA Lausitzring to a new level. The complexity and quantity of necessary test scenarios for approval or for tests accompanying the development of automated vehicles are extraordinarily high, with the testing of cooperative, interacting driving functions in a swarm increasing this effort many times over. Such scenarios can only be experienced on digital test fields in continuous test operation.

The project has a volume of around €4.2 million, 58 percent  of which is funded by the BMDV. The consortium bundles the competencies of companies from the entire test and inspection chain. DEKRA has one of the most modern test sites, ibeo contributes high-precision environmental sensor technology to the project, and the test items are controlled via the iMAR control station. SmartMobile Labs implements the 5G communication and TraceTronic is an expert in virtual continuous testing.

Fraunhofer IVI focuses on communication and maneuver control in the course of realizing test scenarios of highly automated connected driving functions in a swarm of vehicles at high speeds. For this purpose, the traversable platforms of the company AB Dynamics available at the institute will be used and extensively expanded for the application. In spring 2025, the results are to be presented within the framework of a demonstrator.


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