New research project KIVI starts at Fraunhofer Application Center »Connected Mobility and Infrastructure«
How can artificial intelligence improve traffic control and road safety in urban environments? This question is the focus of the recently launched project »Artificial Intelligence in the Ingolstadt Traffic System« (KIVI), in which the Fraunhofer Application Center »Connected Mobility and Infrastructure« is one of eight partners.
For the development of data-driven methods of artificial intelligence, a high-definition test field will be created as part of the KIVI project in the 5G test field, which is also planned in Ingolstadt. In this test field, the local sensor technology used detects all road users using AI methods. This is complemented by mobile sensor technology based on FXD (Floating X Data) by cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians. The fusion of these AI-based mobile and stationary sensor data takes place in real-time. Thus, the traffic situation can be digitally mapped and forecasted ̶ almost completely up-to-date. In addition to optimizing the traffic flow and increasing the efficiency of the infrastructure, safety for all road users will also be improved.
As a new structural unit of Fraunhofer IVI, the Application Center »Connected Mobility and Infrastructure« is developing sensor and communication technologies for AI-based traffic control in the course of the project. The focus is on the establishment and development of the high-definition test field, especially in the area of stationary sensor technology and AI-based data fusion of local and mobile data.
The pilot applications are to be used and tested in real-life operation at ten intersections in Ingolstadt. If the test runs successfully, the aim is to apply the optimization methods developed in the KIVI project step by step throughout the entire city. KIVI is part of the initiative »AI Mobility Node Ingolstadt« and the Technical University of Munich coordinates the project. In addition to the Fraunhofer Application Center, the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, the city of Ingolstadt, the Artificial Intelligence Network Ingolstadt gGmbH, GEVAS Software GmbH, TTS, and the Volkswagen car.SW Org are involved. Over a funding period of 36 months, the project receives a grant of about 6.9 million Euros from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.