Fast-Charging Electric Bus

...fully electric bus operation according to the DockingPrinciple

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HandyTicket Deutschland

...convenient, mobile and cash-free ­­­­­­­­- buy your public transport tickets via mobile phone

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E-Bike »VeloCité«

...riding pleasure and efficiency

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...mobility in situations of high risk and catastrophe

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Octocopter HORUS

...flying sensor platform for the acquisition of measuring data

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Public Transport Navigation

...a reliable companion in unknown public transport networks

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AutoTram® Extra Grand

...high-tech in-between a bus and a tram

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autartec® self-sufficient life on the water

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Electric 12-Ton Heavyweight in Regular Service

March 16, 2018

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The new Framo electric truck has been touring the streets of Berlin since February 2018. The 12-ton vehicle is integrated with the regular operations processes of DB Schenker AG and runs its daily delivery tours.

During this campaign organized by the iHub project, a new e-truck navigation and a comprehensive measuring program support the truck’s tours. The battery data are of particular interest to the researchers. They are collected in real time, transmitted and analyzed. Suitable mathematical algorithms are detecting important parameters of the daily use as well as information on the battery strain.


Fraunhofer IVI Accident Prevention School (FAPS)

German Mobility Award Winner Under Further Development

The Fraunhofer Accident Prevention School and the Martin-Andersen-Nexö high school collaborated for the third time in raising the students’ awareness regarding traffic safety. Many high-ranking representatives from police and the Saxon Prevention Council have joined the Fraunhofer IVI’s project week. With the TraceTronic GmbH and the Institute for Traffic Accident Research at Dresden University of Technology, FAPS has won two additional partners who are integrating new interesting topics and aspects around accident research into the project. The students benefited from the expertise of the guests and used the simulation table to independently work on realistic accidents and present them in the virtual space.

Cool Air for Buses – But What about the Energy Consumption?

December 11, 2017

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Electric bus in regular operation in Dresden

Simulation tool determines CO2 emissions of air conditioning in buses

Even if we were able to reduce the fuel consumption of our vehicles to zero – we would still have to go to the gas station. One of the decisive reasons is the air conditioning, which heats the passenger compartment in the winter and provides cool air in the summer. Especially in buses, the additional energy consumption is tremendous. About one fifth of the energy or the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are caused by heating and cooling technologies. So far, this fact has not been adequately taken into consideration. A tool by the Fraunhofer IVI resolves this problem.

Japanese Delegation Visits the Fraunhofer IVI

October, 23 2017

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A delegation of high-ranking representatives from Japanese companies and research institutions, led by Prof. Shimizu, visited the Fraunhofer IVI on October 23. The institute Director, Prof. Klingner, presented business figures and explained current research and development projects and future topics to the group. He focused on the latest efforts and results in autonomous driving within the context of »Synchronized Mobility«. Furthermore, challenges, possible applications and opportunities for cooperation in the field of battery storage were part of a lively discussion as Japan is considered the birthplace of the lithium-ion technology.

»E-Bus-Cluster« at Busworld Europe

Based on their previous activities in the field of electric buses, the Fraunhofer IVI takes part in the »E-Bus-Cluster« project. The participating company partners are collaborating to increase the overall efficiency, comfort and safety of electric buses.

Amongst other activities, the Fraunhofer IVI provides a 12m electric bus in order to test and demonstrate the new developments of the bus industry. The project focuses on heat pump systems and heating concepts, improved air supply, demand-oriented zone-specific air conditioning, innovative interior design as well as interconnectedness and predictive maintenance of components in e-vehicles.

At the Busworld Europe exhibition (October 20-25 in Kortrijk, Belgium), the consortium presented its project for the first time to a public audience.

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Electric »Refueling« in No Time

October 19, 2017

To achieve a high range, large amounts of energy have to be transferred in a short period of time – just like during a standard refueling process. With the increasing number of automated vehicles in the future, this charging process will be taking place automatically from positioning to billing. 

The underfloor fast-charging system developed by the Fraunhofer IVI was presented for the first time at the eMove360° Europe in Munich, the international trade fair for mobility 4.0 – electric – connected – autonomous. 

From October 17 to 19, industry experts came to watch a demonstration of this technology in a first prototype. The system is suitable for use in the public as well as private sectors and it is durable and low-maintenance due to its robust construction. Supplying 1 megawatt of power, the system offers a range of 600 kilometers for cars after a charging time of 5 minutes.

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The Fraunhofer IVI at Florian trade fair

The Fraunhofer IVI will be presenting their solutions in the field of civil protection and security once again at the FLORIAN trade fair for Fire Brigades, Civil Protection and Disaster Control from October 5 - 7, 2017, in Dresden.

Hall 3, Booth B3

The technologies presented by the Fraunhofer IVI at the trade fair support complex strategic, operative and tactical decisions in emergency response. End users are planners, command staff and relief forces from fire rescue and emergency services as well as disaster management.

The user-friendly system solutions are being constantly improved in cooperation with end users. These systems have been in daily use for several years, providing support during large-scale disasters and large-scale events. The freely configurable system is used as a planning aid in administration, emergency management agencies and fire departments as well as in operative-tactical areas on mobile command vehicles, control rooms and mobile devices. In addition, users can perform extensive analyses regarding the fulfilment of “time to help” periods and evaluate concepts for fire safety requirements and rescue service zones with the system. At the FLORIAN trade fair, the Fraunhofer IVI will present both the newly developed app for smartphones and tablets as well as the online version for operational command.

One of the highlights of the showcase is the new concept for the MobiKat master data portal, which will be developed stepwise to become a cross-organizational resource management platform. These developments are mainly driven within the EU-funded project CIFAD II. This new system simplifies the registration and administration of personnel, equipment and material, training courses, vehicles and operations. The flexibly configurable authorization concept supports the application in voluntary and professional fire departments, relief organizations as well as responsible authorities. The platform also offers functionalities for the automated export of the statistics sheet Feu905 and data synchronization with DISMA.

The Fraunhofer researchers are happy to present their current developments at the joint booth (hall 3, booth B3) with their partners TÜV Rheinland, SiKonA and KL FORMAT.

Safe and Effective Energy Storage Media of the Future: Lithium-Sulphur Technology

September26, 2017

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in-house LiScell joint project was successfully concluded in May 2017. Lithium-sulphur technology was studied because it might offer an attractive energy-storage solution for future mobility thanks to its low cost of materials and high energy density.

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Virtual Launch of the autartec®-FreiLichtHaus

September 20, 2017

Making future technology suitable for everyday use – this was the motto of the scientific colloquium Virtual Launch »autartec® – From Realization to Test Run«. The third public event of the project was held on the premises of the associate partner »ifn Anwenderzentrum GmbH« in Lauchhammer. Inspiring presentations and tangible exhibits won the over 90 participants. New thermally optimized building materials, structurally integrated electric storage devices as well as long-term thermal energy storage units based on zeolites will prove their practicality within this research project. Many supply technologies will be applied in the future floating FreiLichtHaus on Lake Bergheide. In the next year, the house will be set afloat against the impressive backdrop of the F60 exhibition mine in Lichterfeld-Schacksdorf.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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TRANSFORMERS Final Conference

August 22, 2017

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On June 29, the Final Conference of the European research project TRANSFORMERS »Configurable and Adaptable Trucks and Trailers for Optimal Transport Efficiency« was held at the Volvo Trucks Experience Center in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The consortium, which included 13 renowned European partners, presented as their project results four innovations to increase the transport efficiency for semi-trailers:

  • Hybridization of the overall vehicle by installation of an electric drivetrain into the semi-trailer
  • Development of a novel double loading floor to improve the loading efficiency
  • Measures in aerodynamics to reduce air resistance
  • Adaptability of all measures to specific transport tasks

More than 100 guests, including well-known European commercial vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes, public authorities and end users had the opportunity to convince themselves that a CO2 reduction of 25 percent (measured in g/(t*km)) is possible due to a clever combination of all project innovations.

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Cartox² Kick-Off Meeting

August 17, 2017

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On August 17, the Fraunhofer IVI hosted the Cartox² kick-off meeting. Cartox² is a service platform for generic services of connected and automated driving, which will be developed within a 3-year research project.

In addition to the coordinator Fraunhofer IVI, the TU Dresden and several software companies (CETECOM GmbH,, Software AG, MechLab Engineering UG) are members of the consortium.

Potential users of Cartox² include car manufacturers, suppliers, telecommunications providers, municipalities and authorities as well as providers of digital mobility services.

The platform will collect and process information on the car-2-car connectivity, the network coverage for the car-2-infrastructure communication as well as data routing to and in between the edge clouds, i.e. the access points of the cloud environment. Besides communication and positioning data, mCloud data are also included (Broadband Atlas, DB network radar, DB rail network, and weather data). Cartox² is going to combine this data, which will be revalued by aggregation, to one Big Data platform. By means of algorithms and data analysis, new data-driven services and business models can be developed.

The project will run until June 2020, supported with funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) within the mFUND research initiative. 

Launch of Research Project »Feldschwarm®«

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July 5, 2017

Digitization, electrification, autonomous and self-organized work in the fields – even in the seemingly archaic field of agriculture, extensive transformation processes are currently underway and ready to meet the challenges of the next industrial revolution. These developments will outshine many others, given their global relevance in the face of a predicted world population of almost 10 billion people. At that time, feeding the world will only be possible by means of a highly efficient and sustainable agriculture. The research project »Feldschwarm®« (field swarm), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as an innovative regional growth core with a total of 8 million €, will contribute to these developments. After several years of thorough preparations, the project has finally been kicked-off as the grant notifications were handed over in Dresden’s »Transparent Factory« on 5th July. In collaboration with the international market leader John Deere, Saxon SMEs, research institutes of the TU Dresden and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will develop highly flexible and automated agricultural machinery that protect the soil and build upon renewable propulsion technologies. With a total budget of 12 million €, the 3-year project is one of the most voluminous R&D project in Saxon agricultural engineering.

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Peter Nothnagel, CEO Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH

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Herbert Wolff, State Secretary State Ministry for the Environment and Agriculture

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Prof. Klaus Höhn, Vice President Advanced Technology and Engineering, Deere & Company

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Prof. Klaus Höhn, Vice President Advanced Technology and Engineering, Deere & Company

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Prof. Thomas Herlitzius, TU Dresden

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Prof. Thomas Herlitzius, TU Dresden

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Dr. Thomas Pohlmann, TU Dresden

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