Synchronized Mobility

Intelligent transport systems of the future begin to adapt the swarm behavior of animals, using different forms of synchronization to optimize traffic flows and contribute to sustainable mobility developments.

The Saxon high-tech initiative »Synchrone Mobilität 2023« (Synchronized Mobility) bundles the core competencies of both Saxon industry and research organizations. Currently, more than 40 partners are working together to demonstrate innovative research results regarding new vehicle concepts, assistance functions, IT networks, communication, locating and navigation technologies as well as cooperative traffic management in the Dresden area. The city has been selected as model region for automated urban driving.

The research initiative will continue seamlessly the successfully implemented model projects from the recent initiatives »Model region Electromobility in Saxony« (»Modellregion Elektromobilität Sachsen«) as well as »Showcase Bavaria-Saxony ELECTRIC MOBILITY CONNECTS«. Intelligent transport systems are closely related to electromobility with all its ecological advantages, but without neglecting the respective technological limitations. These can be overcome partially by using information and communication technologies in various traffic domains and in the field of charging infrastructure.

Since the first visit of the Governor of Nevada at the Fraunhofer IVI in 2015, a number of diverse scientific activities have started. These include workshops on both sides of the Atlantic, joint projects and the exchange of research associates with the aim to connect Saxony’s and Nevada’s innovation potential.

Following the example of the Saxon initiative, a Living Lab Northern Nevada is under construction since January 2017. It focusses on the exploration of synchronized and low emission mobility.

Along with the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, the universities of Reno and Las Vegas, the municipalities of Reno, Sparks and Carson City as well as further regional companies and entities, the Fraunhofer IVI is a member of the consortium »Synchronized Mobility«.


Contribution by the Fraunhofer IVI


Resource Management System for Highly Automated Urban Traffic

The Fraunhofer IVI is responsible for the design of the overall REMAS system and the partial implementation of the central components and functionalities for real-time coordination and monitoring of resources as well as the linkage and integration of development and simulation tools. In addition, the institute is participating in the development of a hybrid simulation development from vehicle and transport system perspectives, including its integration into the overall REMAS system. In particular, a simulation model for the tactical decision-making during driving and a concept for the handling, combination and analysis of the simulation data input and output will be implemented. The Fraunhofer IVI will also be involved in the specification and realization of operating functions of the REMAS system, for instance for resource planning, gathering of requirements or specification of test scenarios. 


Autonomous Electric Vehicles with Automated Charging Infrastructure

Within the past 15 years, the Fraunhofer IVI has been developing various solutions for the fast charging of electric city buses. Activities included the design of different charging concepts, the development of the contact mechanics and contact pairing as well as the design, implementation and approval of the safety concept for the power transmission. In the collaborative AULA project, the institute will develop the overall electro-mechanical contact system for the fast re-charging of cars and small commercial vehicles, the methodology for the precise locating of vehicles at the charging station as well as the entire fully-automated charging process including the necessary sensors and communication systems. In cooperation with the project partner IAV, these systems will be designed and developed in a way that provides for the quick, large-scale realization as a series.


Scenario-Based Platform for the Inspection of Automated Driving Functions

In collaboration with the project partners, the Fraunhofer IVI will deliver the application specifications and develop the validation platform. The institute will provide accident data, process and detect the criticality of accident and report data and analyze the critical scenarios yet missing.  


Communication Technologies for Intelligent Transport Systems in Saxony

The Fraunhofer IVI is responsible for the specification of the components of the reference system as well as its implementation and testing.

The institute develops components of the protocol stack and enhances them with message formats in accordance with requirements for cooperative highly-automated driving.

Furthermore, the Fraunhofer IVI equips test vehicles and participates in the planning, conduction and analysis of communication experiments. The outcomes will be verified in the laboratory as well as on the digital test field Dresden/Saxony.


Synchronized Automated Driving in Urban Areas

The Fraunhofer IVI develops new processes for influencing highly-automated driving vehicles by means of precise recommendations towards speed, distance behavior, choice of lanes as well as for bulk driving within the progressive signal system (»green wave«). As a basis, the Fraunhofer IVI realizes for instance infrastructural data processing and analysis in a dynamic object model to combine traffic-related objects on a road section. The institute also contributes to the on-board visualization of maneuver recommendations and other functions using a specific prototypical interface (maneuver-screen), and participates in the transmission specifications to vehicles. Based on simulations, the Fraunhofer IVI will furthermore estimate the impact potential of the developed methods and functions on the whole transport system.


Continuous Support of Connected and Automated Driving for Mixed Traffic With Heterogeneously Equipped Vehicles

The Fraunhofer IVI designs communication protocols to connect vehicles and transport infrastructure and develops solutions to equip these vehicles. Moreover, the Fraunhofer IVI is leading in defining application related traffic scenarios and deals with the measurement of potential problem situation in mixed traffic. The institute plays a major role for both the implementation of mobile cloud and wayside RSU (road-side unit) cloud systems including the development of algorithms for innovative traffic application and services.