Book »Architecture by Fraunhofer« published

November 29, 2021

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Book »Architecture by Fraunhofer« based on the book "Designed by Fraunhofer" published

The external appearance of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is not only characterized by the cross-institute corporate design and sophisticated product and communication design of the technologies developed at Fraunhofer. Life and work at Fraunhofer, collaboration with research partners and customers, and the framework conditions for implementing complex research infrastructures are all significantly shaped by the architecture of the institute and administration buildings, technical centers, and even complete research factories.

The building envelope in particular plays a decisive role, as many different specialist trades and design disciplines are involved here. In addition to static and building physics tasks, the facade represents the appearance of the building user and directly and indirectly conveys an effect on its status and corporate profile (e.g. economic success, respectability, innovative strength, creativity, etc.).

In cooperation with the institutes as well as the building department of the headquarters, selected buildings were recorded and described. The framework for this was provided by the accompanying scientific research conducted by the Design Faculty of Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts on the effect of architecture in human perception. The result is the second volume of a book series that- based on »Designed by Fraunhofer« - deals with design, architecture and art in the context of research work at the Fraunhofer Institutes.

The project was funded within the framework program of the Fraunhofer network »Science, Art and Design«. The decision was made by internal and external members of the program committee.

Electric Truck with Fully Integrated Photovoltaics Picks Up Speed

October 25, 2021

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The solar panels are fully integrated in the truck's box body and cover its entire roof.

A heavy-duty truck weighing 18 tons and equipped with a 3.5 kilowatt-peak photovoltaic system is now driving on Germany's roads. The commercial vehicle with integrated high-voltage photovoltaic system and feed-in to the 800-volt traction battery has been approved for road traffic. The solar power produced directly on the vehicle can cover 5 to 10 percent of the truck's energy needs. In the Lade-PV project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, with its project partners from industry and the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, has developed solar PV modules and power electronics for integration in commercial vehicles. This truck, the first equipped with these PV modules, has now passed the technical inspection, marking a milestone towards more climate-friendly road freight transport.

The project, which was kicked off in Juli 2019, has a three-year term and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Staying Safe in the Traffic Jungle

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Looking back on a successful week of promoting young research talents

In the week of October 4-8, 2021, Fraunhofer IVI and MINT-EC (Society of mathematical and scientific excellence centers at schools) held a talent school at the institute. Ten students from all over Germany aged 16 to 18 had qualified as participants in the event by going through a general selection process. 

For the first time, the teenagers had the opportunity to get involved in scientific research, work on real problems and draw their own conclusions from it. Their task was to develop a concept for making mobility safer for children and teens as pedestrians, bikers and e-scooter drivers. As a first step, the many dangers of road traffic were brought to their attention. They discussed the opportunities and risks of alternative propulsion systems and worked with real accident data from an accident database. Digital media and 3D-animated sequences were used to support their investigations. The teenagers were especially excited about the opportunity to explore real accident scenarios with the help of VR glasses. At the end of the course, the students independently developed recommendations for the improvement of traffic safety. They then used their findings as a basis to create a concept for vulnearable road users. Finally, the students presented their results in front of accident researchers and traffic psychologists.


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ITS World Congress: Smart Intersection communicates with automated vehicles

October 11, 2021

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Together with industry partners, the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT is advancing automated driving in cities on the occasion of the ITS World Congress trade fair: An Smart Intersection in Hamburg's city center records the movements of road users and processes the information in a trustworthy manner that partially automated vehicles can navigate safely through the intersection. Visitors to the ITS World Congress can get an idea of how the cognitive Internet technologies used work via direct connection.

The Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC, for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, for Integrated Circuits IIS and for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI are involved, contributing their expertise in the areas of cyber security, broadband communications, radio and satellite communications and intelligent transportation systems.

press release
CCIT Website

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Federal chancellor of germany Dr. Angela Merkel

»We have created the Mobility Data Space for the sovereign, self-determined exchange of mobility data on the basis of clear rules. Our aim was to have it in place in time for the ITS ​World Congress, and we succeeded.«

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Cooperative, Assisted and Automated

October 5, 2021

Smart Intersection object detection
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Objekterkennung auf der Smart Intersection

Smart Infrastructure for the Digital Testbed Dresden

The construction of a Smart Intersection has raised the Digital Testbed Dresden to a higher level. For the first time, the state capital's infrastructure is assisting highly automated driving in complex situations occurring in public traffic. An intelligent roadside sensor system detects trajectories, converts them into a digital dynamic object map and transmits the current traffic situation to all traffic participants via Car2X communications. Not only does this kind of traffic detection improve the flow of traffic, but it also increases the safety of all participants substantially. Innovative algorithms are used to provide security against the risk of possible manipulation of cognitive functions. Thus, integral consideration is granted to measures for the protection of critical infrastructures.

The expansion of the Testbed in Dresden effects the transition from cooperative, intelligent traffic (C-ITS) to cooperative connected and automated mobility (CCAM) and is an essential prerequisite for the development and testing of new mobility solutions.

5G Campus Network Goes Live

October 4, 2021

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Innovative research at the Köllitsch Teaching and Research Farm

The 5G campus network has been put into operation at the Köllitsch Teaching and Research Farm of the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG). The new digital infrastructure enables the testing of technologies based on 5G and real-time data transmission. Innovative solutions for communication between humans, machines and sensors can be tested in order to align agricultural processes even more specifically with the needs of plants, animals and the environment. The 5G campus network is part of a cooperation with the Technical University of Dresden and the Fraunhofer IVI and is integrated into the federally funded experimental field »LANDNETZ«. The aim is to jointly advance research into future technologies for agriculture.

press release (German)

AEROFLEX Final Event

September 28, 2021

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Looking back on a very successful day at the Test Track in Jeversen, Germany

On the 28th of September, the long anticipated final event of the AEROFLEX project was held at the ZF Test Track in Jeversen, Germany. During the packed day, over 80 guests attended the event live at the ZF location and another 100 to 200 guests from all around the world joined online. During this hybrid event, several presentations about the processes of the project and the project results were shared with the audience. 

Improving Road Safety Through Cooperative Driving Maneuvers

September 28, 2021

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Expert Day 2021 »Testing Cooperative Driving Maneuvers«

Numerous guests attended the event in Ingolstadt on September 28, hosted by the Application Center »Connected Mobility and Infrastructure« of the Fraunhofer IVI and the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) with the Research and Test Center for Vehicle Safety CARISSMA together with AB Dynamics Europe GmbH and GeneSys GmbH. Experts in the fields of automotive testing and connected driving discussed future innovations by combining the two areas.

After the presentations in the morning on the state of the art as well as on test scenarios and their implementation, the afternoon was dedicated to the presentation of test environments and platforms. The highlight was a driving test with a connected automated vehicle and a steerable carrier (pedestrian target) with Vehicle-2-X (V2X) communication, where V2X communication is part of the test scenario. In addition, CARIAD, the automotive software company of the Volkswagen Group, demonstrated one of its series functions based on V2X communication. The integration of V2X communication into conventional automotive test platforms is considered an important step towards safe and efficient testing of cooperative driving maneuvers, such as Euro NCAP tests envisage in the future.

Participants included AB Dynamics, ADAC, Arnold Messtechnik, Audi, Bertrand, BMW, Bosch, CARIAD, Daimler, Fraunhofer IVI, GeneSys, Porsche, Volkswagen and WTD 41. 

Demonstrations included:

  • »Testing Cooperative Driving Maneuvers with Launchpad and V2X« AB Dynamics Europe GmbH
  • »C-V2X test environment« CARIAD SE
  • »High Accuracy Localization« GeneSys GmbH
  • »Road Traffic Monitoring« Fraunhofer IVI Application Center Ingolstadt, Germany.
  • »Cooperative environment perception with V2X communication« Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt / CARISSMA


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Autonomous Field Robots for the Agriculture of the Future

September 23, 2021

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Field robot during automatic field cultivation

The field day "LANDNETZ meets Feldschwarm® - Agriculture of tomorrow, experience today" presents new digital applications in agriculture and the results of the Feldschwarm® growth core, which concludes with this event.

Since 2019, scientists from TU Dresden, together with the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, have been researching new technologies for area-wide wireless data transmission and networking as a fundamental prerequisite for Agriculture 4.0 as part of the LANDNETZ experimental field. At today's field day, the project partners present the current status of applications that have already been introduced at the Raitzen estate in Naundorf, Saxony.

"The combination of state-of-the-art mobile technologies with autonomous field robotics, as developed in the Feldschwarm® project, opens up new migration paths for resource-saving, highly efficient agricultural technology. Digitalization in agriculture thus becomes tangible in the truest sense of the word," said Institute Director Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner.

Feldschwarm® project website  (German)

press release (German)

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Saxon State Minister Dulig Visits Fraunhofer IVI

September 15, 2021

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Within the scope of his annual “Kreativwirtschaftstour“ (creative economy tour), Martin Dulig, Minister of the Saxon State Ministry for Economy, Labor and Transportation SMWA paid a visit to Fraunhofer IVI. His main interest lay in the Fraunhofer “Science, Art and Design“ Network. In his role as speaker of the network’s design department, institute director Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner presented the network along with its activities and programs. During the subsequent discussion, consideration was given to establishing similar formats in Saxony, including design expenses in grant applications in the future, and to create a special category for “best design in science” at the Saxon Design Awards. As a result, design aspects could receive higher recognition both in enterprises and scientific institutions.  

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Martin Dulig, Saxon State Minister for Economy, Labor and Transportation
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Prof. Dr. Matthias Klingner in discussion with State Minister Dulig

Better Safety Through Stationary Intelligent Traffic Monitoring

Live demonstration of acquisition and fusion of sensor data from vehicles and road infrastructure at IAA Mobility 2021

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Mobilitätsregion Ingolstadt booth at IAA Mobility 2021

The Fraunhofer „Connected Mobility and Infrastructure“ Application Center in Ingolstadt is making an appearance at the newly created IAA Mobility 2021 trade fair. Together with Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt and the CARISSMA research and testing center, the Fraunhofer IVI Application Center is presenting challenges and solutions regarding the mobility of the future at the Mobilitätsregion Ingolstadt joint booth (Hall A1).

One of the key issues in the field of connected automated mobility is realizing comprehensive and reliable environmental perception. Increasing numbers of vehicles are equipped with sensors, such as cameras, Radar and Lidar, but due to unfavorable weather conditions and view restrictions, these sensors are often unable to monitor traffic sufficiently in all occurring traffic situations. By additionally equipping the road infrastructure with sensors, the range and reliability of environmental perception can be improved. The main challenges to this approach are the networking of all agents, as well as the processing and fusion of data stemming from different sensor types.

The booth showcases an automated vehicle and a roadside unit that monitor their environment and detect fair visitors with the help of their individual sensors. The vehicle and the roadside unit are networked, fuse their data in real time and provide a live display. This demonstrator is a prototype of the system that is currently being set up within the Ingolstadt Digital Testbed for connected and automated driving. In the future, it will be used to test solutions for automated traffic. 

Feldschwarm® – Autonomous Field Robots with Swarm Behavior for Resource-Efficient Arable Farming

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Example photo of a modern combine harvester, which can weigh up to 27 tonnes

The growing world population and the associated increase in global food demand are leading to the use of ever larger and heavier agricultural machinery. Due to their weight, these vehicles compress the subsoil, which in the long term lowers soil fertility and encourages flooding. Seven companies and four research institutes, including Fraunhofer IVI and Fraunhofer IWU, are working on a solution in the innovative regional growth core Feldschwarm®. The idea is a completely new type of machinery for agriculture: a swarm of autonomously or semi-autonomously operating field robots, each unit smaller, narrower and lighter than the machines used today. Operated individually or in tandem, they preserve the soil while obtaining the same yield and increase the quality of the harvest due to tailored soil cultivation. Another object of research is a robust human-machine interface that allows users to operate and monitor their field swarm, which consists of several field swarm units operating simultaneously, safely and easily.

The aim of Feldschwarm® is to establish Central German agricultural machinery manufacturing on the global market and to build up a leading position in the development of autonomous agricultural machinery by bundling the key competencies of the project partners and exploiting technological change in agricultural engineering. In addition, a significant contribution is made to sustainable agricultural technology and resource-saving arable farming.

project website (German)
article in the Fraunhofer magazine

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