Facilities and Large Equipment

The institute's technical center built in 2012 offers workspace for 30 employees and also contains several new laboratories, as well as a vehicle garage with workshop.

On the new test track, alternative propulsion systems, as well as steer-by-wire systems developed at Fraunhofer IVI can be instantly evaluated.



  • AutoTruck
    18-t e-truck with integrated drive-by-wire and steer-by-wire systems for testing numerous different technologies (positioning and navigation, collision prevention, car-2-infrastructure communication, online maneuver planning, cooperative driving, as well as high-precision approaching maneuvers, e.g., for automated charging or docking at cargo ramps)
  • AEROFLEX Smart Power Dolly
    converter dolly with an electric drivetrain
  • Autonomous and electrically operated field robot CERES (»Cognitive Electrical Robot Environment System«)
    carrier for sensor systems and agricultural machinery; 24/7 operation through fully automatic high-power charging system.
  • Fast charging battery buses (12 and 18 meter length)
  • Test vehicles for driver assistance systems, driver information and automated driving
  • Mobile command vehicle equipped with modern management and planning system for decision support in emergency and crisis situations

  • Safe set-up and launch of electric vehicles as well as data evaluation with the help of IVImon
    Remote diagnosis system for relevant status information about vehicles and energy storage units  


  • Length of roadway approx. 200 m
  • Device for the automated charging of electric vehicles available  
  • Application possibilities
    • Testing of new steer-by-wire and propulsion technologies                 
    • Highly automated and connected driving
    • Testing for compliance with the German »BO-Kraftkreis« regulation
    • Test field for safe traffic with the help of infrastructure (under construction)

  • AB Dynamics motion platforms used for testing in areas close to the limits of vehicle dynamics
  • External evaluation and data acquisition facilities for traffic applications
  • Test stand and data acquisition systems for battery and capacitor storage units, both on cellular and system level 
  • Testing and development environment for embedded microcontroller systems of various performance classes
  • Functional models and environment for the development of DC/DC converter control systems
  • Satellite-based inertial measurement unit (ADMA) - two synchronized gyroscope systems for high-precision vehicle dynamics measurement campaigns including the detection of vehicle movements (longitudinal and lateral acceleration, pitch, roll, yaw) as well as the relative motion between vehicle modules (e. g., in a truck/trailer combination)
  • Mobile measurement data acquisition system (DEWETRON)
  • Development control unit for mobile applications (AutoBox)
  • Steering and accelerator robots
  • Universal Receiver Tester (URT): dual-channel, 250 kHz-2.7 GHz, bandwidth 20 MHz on each channel
  • Universal Receiver Tester (URT): three channels, 85 MHz-2.7 GHz, bandwidth 50 MHz on each channel
  • National Instruments USRP-2920 for Software Defined Radio (50 MHz to 2.2 GHz)
  • National Instruments CompactRIO control and surveillance system with multiple IO modules
  • Toolkit for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing 
  • HORUS octocopter for photography and videography and infrared images
  • Calibrated infrared measurement technology - referenced infrared images and automated image processing (filtering, object detection) for high-precision purposes
  • Mobile camera for situational monitoring in crisis situations
  • GNSS tracker
  • PTZ camera
  • HiMoNN – Highly Mobile Network Node
  • Google Glass
  • Smartwatches (Android, iOS)
  • AR and VR technology
    • HoloLens
    • HTC Vive
    • HTC Vive Pro
    • Oculus Rift

  • Matlab/Simulink
  • DSpace Rapid Prototyping Control
  • High-performance CAD software, such as CATIA V5 (design) and ANSYS (Finite Element Simulation), for solving linear and non-linear problems from the areas of structural mechanics, fluid mechanics as well as thermodynamics, also for DMU investigations, FEM calculations and NC programming
  • COMSOL (multiphysics simulation)
  • Dymola (interdisciplinary simulation of physical systems)
  • Multibody systems simulation - simulation of the dynamic behavior of vehicles using SIMPACK; study of turning behavior and occurring forces
  • LabView (environment for the development of measurement, monitoring and control systems)
  • Dewesoft (data logging and analysis)
  • Halcon (image processing) camera and image processing technology
  • ArcGIS 10.3 (geographic information system)
  • Apache Hadoop, Map/Reduce, HDFS, HBase, Hive, Mahout
  • Help & Manual 7
  • Fuel consumption monitoring in vehicles - execution of standardized SORT or CBD tests with the help of specially developed software, combined with a graphical display indicating fuel efficiency, sufficiently precise execution of pre-set speed profiles without the need for a chassis dynamometer
  • Vector CANoe
  • Vector CANalyzer

With its long-standing experience in the design, construction and testing of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as vehicles with fuel cells in the commercial vehicle sector, Fraunhofer IVI can rely on the institute’s own testing facilities for their developments.

Customers and partners from the respective business sectors appreciate the institute's infrastructure and equipment. The following facilities are available for development and testing:

Via the High Performance Center »ELEKTROMOBILITÄT«, Fraunhofer IVI and the TU Bergakademie Freiberg Institute of Electrical Engineering offer all development steps in the field of electromobility, including the 

  • analytical design of electrical machines,
  • numerical optimization and 
  • experimental investigation of test vehicles. 

For this purpose, both institutes operate test stands for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, as well as for battery cells and systems. Their own 12-m and 18-m test vehicles allow the installation of complete propulsion system configurations.