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Your complete guide to Government funding

of autonomous vehicle projects in Germany

As you’d expect at the heart of European auto making, there’s a lot of activity in the autonomous vehicle sector in Germany, and generous support for research and collaborative projects.

In fact, there are no fewer than three major federal ministries which offer funding: the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. 

As well as on-going projects, we’ve included a list of past government-funded projects below to help us understand the CAV ecosystem – and who’s doing what – in Germany. Special report compiled by Research Editor Yuki Yoshida.

Radspot

Highly automated and road-friendly driving based on ground radar signals

10/2018 - 12/2020

Technical University of Kaiserslautern

€1.7 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development of a cloud-based traffic service for health monitoring (road condition analysis) of traffic routes and highly automated, road-friendly driving.

Partners:

  • MORE Automotive
  • Dresden Elektronik
  • 3D Mapping Solutions
  • Geophysik GGD
  • RST
  • IAV Automotive Engineering
  • CDM Smith
  • CVC Südwest

SynCoPark

Synergies from cooperation and standardization in manufacturer-independent automated parking - 

10/2018 - 12/2020

Technical University of Braunschweig

€2.51 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development of procedures for the overall optimization of the interaction during the automated parking process between vehicle and infrastructure using existing parking garage surroundings and a research car park.

Partners:

  • APCOA PARKING Germany
  • EDAG Engineering
  • GOLDBECK
  • NavCert
  • PRETHERM



iFUSE

Intelligent fusion of radar and video sensors for demanding, highly automated driving situations 

05/2017 – 04/2020

Robert Bosch

€4.31 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Develop a novel approach to sensor data fusion, which allows heterogeneous sensor information to be located in raster maps down to the pixel level, which promises a major leap in innovation in terms of redundancy, detection rate, system robustness and system performance.

Partners

  • Infineon Technologies AG
  • dspace GmbH
  • Dream Chip Technologies GmbH
  • University of Hannover
  • Technical University of Braunschweig

Easyride

Automated driving in an urban setting. Pilot city: Munich 

10/2018 - 12/2020

Stadt München

€6.59 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development of visions and strategies for urban mobility of the future in big cities with the focus on the use of new mobility concepts and the use of highly automated autonomous vehicles.

AFiM

Automated driving in mixed traffic 

09/2018 - 12/2020

Technical University of Braunschweig

€0.80 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Investigation and assessment of interactions between the risk of selected driving functions of automated vehicles and the performance of transport networks



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Wahrnehmungsnetz

Decentralized technologies for the cooperative real-time acquisition of complex traffic situations

10/2018 - 12/2020

Chemnitz University of Technology

€2.04 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development of a cooperative environment perception in mixed traffic at complex traffic junctions.



EVA-Shuttle-Busse

:Electric, connected and autonomous electric mini buses in public transport - 

10/2018 - 12/2020

TÜV Süd Auto Service GmbH

€2.32 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Implementation of a new public transport mobility concept on the first and last mile with an autonomous electric powered shuttle.

Partners:

  • INIT GmbH
  • The City of Karlsruhe
  • Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund
  • Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft

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BiDiMoVe

Hamburg Bidirectional, Multimodal, Connected

10/2018 - 12/2020

€3.7 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development and testing of a secure, standardized and encrypted bidirectional data transfer between cooperating participants of an intelligent IT Transport System.

Partners:

  • The City of Hamburg
  • German Aerospace Center
  • GEVAS
  • Hamburger Hochbahn
  • NXP Semiconductors Germany
  • Institute for Automation and Communication eV Magdeburg

ATLAS-60G

Automobile Tunnel and Parking Garage Location Assistance System in the 60G Hz Band

10/2018 - 12/2020

Dresden University of Technology

€1.05 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development of a radar system that determines the absolute positions of vehicles with high precision in real time.

Partners:

  • Hamburg University of Technology (Institute of Transport Planning and Logistics)
  • German Aerospace Center (Institute for Transport Research)




AutoAkzept

Automation without uncertainty to increase the acceptance of automated and connected driving

10/2018 - 12/2020

Chemnitz University of Technology

€1.94 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Partners:

  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
  • IAV automotive engineering
  • OFFIS Institute for Information Technology
  • TWT
  • BMW Group (Associate Partner)


VanAssist

Interactive, intelligent system for autonomous remotely-monitored vans in parcel logistics

01/2018 - 12/2020

DPD Deutschland

€2.86 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development and testing of integrated vehicle and system technology enabling automated delivery of goods in cities.

Partners:

  • IAV
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
  • BridgingIT
  • Technical University of Clausthal
  • Offenburg University

APEROL

Autonomous, personal organisation of road transport and digital logistics

10/2018 - 12/2020

PSI Logistics

€4.7 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Covers the implementation, testing and validation of an holistic approach to an automated organisation of traffic 

Partners:

  • RWTH University of Trier
  • The City of Aachen
  • e.GO Mobile
  • MAT.TRAFFIC
  • Ergosign

Hambach shuttle

Self-driving electric shuttle to Hambach Castle

10/2018 - 12/2020

MoD Holding

€2.07 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development and testing of on-demand autonomous driving services as part of a multimodal transport concept for small and medium cities.It will reduce a number of cars that drive daily through Hambach with the use of self-driving electric shuttle to Hambach Castle.

Partners:

  • University of Kaiserslautern
  • The City of Neustadt

kantSaar

Cooperative automated driving in the Saarland Neurocognitive Test Field

10/2018 - 12/2020

HTW

€1.48 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

The aim is to develop strategies to find suitable transfer points between automated and manual driving function. The basis for this is the fusion of traffic, vehicle and driver data, which are recorded by various sensors.





LINKTEST

Adaption and extension of test procedures for connected aircraft to test methods of connected cars in road traffic

10/2018 - 12/2020

University of Siegen

€0.20 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Development of test and evaluation methods to ensure the reliability and safety of connected driving data links scientifically and economically to be able to guarantee.






SAVe

Functions and traffic safety in the automated and connected driving

05/2018 - 06/2020

Audi

€3.89 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Creation of a simulation model for the development of automated and connected driving taking into account the interaction with real life issues.

Partners:

  • 3D Mapping Solutions
  • VirtualcitySYSTEMS
  • TWT
  • Elektronische Fahrwerksysteme
  • Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
  • ASAP Engineering
  • University of Applied Sciences Munich
  • Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  • The City of Ingolstadt 


PAVE

Potentials of automated transport systems

01/2018 - 12/2020

INA

€2.49 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

On the basis of today's mobility behaviour and transport tasks in urban spaces, develop visions of future behaviour and forms of organization by autonomously driving vehicles, derive requirements for vehicles, discover new forms of organisation and services and assess its impact on the transport system, environment and safety. 

Partners:

  • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • The International Academy Berlin for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economics
  • Robert Bosch
  • IAV
  • Eastern Relationship Projectconsults & Real Estate

MEC-View

Mobile Edge Computing based object detection for automated driving

12/2016 – 11/2019

Robert Bosch

€5.83 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

The aim of the project is to have sensors built into the infrastructure, such as video cameras and LiDAR sensors, pursuing safer and more efficient automated driving in urban traffic.

Partners:

  • Daimler
  • IT-Designers
  • Osram
  • Nokia Solutions and Networks
  • Robert Bosch Car Multimedia
  • TomTom Development Germany
  • University Duisburg-Essen
  • University of Ulm



AVÖV

Spatially and temporally high-resolution evaluation and optimization of automated and connected operating concepts in public transport 

08/2018 - 12/2020

Technical University of Berlin

€1.21 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Investigation of the systematic conversion of conventional public transport to autonomous and connected public transport (AVÖV).

Partners:

  • The University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
  • Senozon Deutschland


3F

Driverless and fault tolerant vehicle systems for the low speed range

01.04.2017 - 31.03.2020

Robert Bosch

€4.4 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Develop safe and reliable components for autonomous driving in low-speed setting in preparation for driverless shuttle buses

Partners:

  • Finepower
  • FZI Research Center for Information Technology
  • RA Consulting
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Street Scooter

FAS-VidGen

Prediction of image sequences from FAS video sequences

07/2017 - 06/2020

Technical University of Munich

Department of Remote Sensing Technology

250,000 

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Humans are capable of learning new visual concepts based solely on less current and past observations and thereby anticipate future action patterns of other road users.In this project,a system of predicting traffic scenes will be developed based on previously observed image sequences.




IMAGinE

Intelligent manoeuvre automation - cooperative risk prevention 

01.09.2016–31.08.2020

Opel Automobile

€17.9 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Develop an innovative driving assistance systems for 'cooperative driving'.This 'cooperative driving' means road users jointly plan and decide driving maneuvers.Through the automatic exchange of information between vehicles and infrastructure, one’s driving behavior is coordinated with others and adapted to the overall situation.

Partners:

  • Technical University of München
  • NORDSYS
  • IPG Automotive
  • Continental Teves
  • Robert Bosch
  • WIVW Würzburger
  • Hessen Mobil
  • Daimler AG z Volkswagen
  • MAN Truck & Bus
  • BMW

GAMA

Mixed transport of fully automated and manually operated vehicles in the closed harbour area

03/2017 – 02/20120

TEREX MHPS

€2.37 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

In modern container terminals of seaports, containers are transported between the sea side and storage areas in 24/7 operation in order to load or unload ships. For this transport, automated trucks would be highly productive and economical, but requires high investment. Therefore, in most small and medium-sized terminals worldwide, manual operated terminal trucks are used. In this project, a secure, universally applicable solution for in-house transport will be developed to be used in small- and medium sized terminals.

Partners:

  • InMach Intelligent Machinery
  • Motec
  • University of Koblenz-Landau



NAF Bus

Demand Controlled Autonomous Driving Bus

07/2017 - 06/2020

€4.40 million

EurA AG, branch Enge-Sande

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Develop a mobility concept "public transport on demand" based on autonomous, electrically powered minibuses as well as network with existing public transport services. Research how this new type of vehicle can be used in public transport companies, on demand-oriented, flexible forms of operation, on social acceptance and user behavior, and on the legal aspects of autonomous vehicles in public transport.

Partners:

  • Fast Lean Smart
  • MOTEG
  • interlink
  • GreenTEC-Campus
  • EurA
  • Sylt transport company
  • Autokraft
  • Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

MoFFa

Holistic model of task distribution between driver and driver assistance systems in automated driving

07/2017 - 06/2020

Technical University Dortmund

Institute of Robotics Research

Chair of Control Systems Engineering

€0.99 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

The aim of the project is to develop and evaluate a model of interactions and interdependencies between the driver and the assistant system for automated and connected driving functions.The distribution of tasks between man and technology should also be regulated by a technically implemented 'coordinator' who checks, for example, compliance with normative and regulatory requirements.

Partners:

  • Technical University of Dortmund
  • Forschungs- und Technologiezentrum Ladungssicherung Selm

RAMONA

Realization of Automated Mobility Concepts in Public Transport

06/2017 - 06/2020

German Aerospace Center

€1.74 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

The aim of the project is the development of highly automated and connected mobility and vehicle concepts for use in public transport as well as their evaluation with a view of integration in the traffic and existing public transport as well as the reactions and interactions of passengers and other road users with such vehicles.

Partners:

  • Berlin Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection
  • Berlin Transport Company
  • Association of German Transport Companies
  • German Aerospace Center
  • Technical University of Munich
  • University Esslingen

GewAF

Generic development and protection methodology for connected and automated driving functions

07/2017 - 06/2020

University of Applied Sciences Dresden

€1.08 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

New tools and methods will be developed and tested for the approval of highly automated driving functions in road traffic.The core of the project is the close feedback between different stages of simulations and the inclusion of as many measurements as possible from real driving tests for the evaluation and approval of highly automated driving functions.

Partners:

  • HTW Dresden
  • TraceTronic
  • IAV



 AutoNV_OPR

and Autonomous public transport in rural areas (Ostprignitz-Ruppin district) 

07/2017 - 06/2020

Technical University of Berlin, Institute for Land and Maritime Transport, Department of Road Planning and Operation

€1.58 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Derive the economic and social framework for the use of autonomous vehicles in public transport in rural areas. Investigate ways of creating user acceptance as well as publically-funded forms of operation.

Partners:

  • Technical University Berlin
  • Ostprignitz-Ruppiner
  • Regional Development Corporation Nordwestbrandenburg
  • Technical University Dresden

InMotion

Light-based communication between automated vehicles and other road users

10/2017 - 06/2020

Chemnitz University of Technology

€1 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Automated vehicles should be able to move in mixed traffic with other road users. This requires successful communication between all road users.The goal is the development and implementation of light-based communication concepts between automated vehicles and other road users, especially the weaker road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Partners:

  • Chemnitz University of Technology
  • Ford Werke, Aachen
  • Intenta, Chemnitz

TaBuLa

Testing of autonomous minibuses in the district of Duchy of Lauenburg

01/2018 - 06/2020

TU Hamburg

Institute of Transport Planning and Logistics

€1.92 million

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

The TaBuLa project aims to investigate the challenges and obstacles in use of autonomous buses in public transport in real driving conditions such as narrow streets of the old town or street slopes and in mixed traffic with other vehicles.

Partners

  • TU Hamburg, Institute of Transport Planning and Logistics
  • District Duchy of Lauenburg
  • Public transport Hamburg-Holstein GmbH

ToSKa

On-board network topology, stabilization and communication for future vehicle requirements 

03/2017 – 02/2020

Continental Automotive

€2.02 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

To design wiring systems for automated vehicles that ensure the reliability of power and signal distribution through predictive power management.

Partners:

  • Ford-Werke
  • University of Kassel
  • Chemnitz University of Technology 

SeeRoad

Sensor system for autonomous road condition detection

01.03.2017–29.02.2020

Hella Fahrzeugkomponenten

€1.5 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Develop a robust integrated sensor system which can accurately determine the type and condition of the road surface.

Partners:

  • Intedis
  • Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche
  • Universität Bremen
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen


TANGO

Technology optimised for automated driving 

01.12.2016 - 31.05.2020

Robert Bosch

€5,0 million

Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Develop 'attention and activity assistance', human and machine interaction system or a virtual passenger for automated driving to monitor and manage activity and the vigilance of driver

Partners:

  • Volkswagen
  • MAN Truck & Bus
  • Universität Stuttgart
  • Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart

@CITY 

Automated Vehicles and Intelligent Traffic in the City: Technologies, concepts and pilot applications

09/2017-08/2021

Daimler

€18.6 million

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Research new automated driving functions for the city. Focus is on realistic urban environment such as intersections and roundabouts as well as the interaction of the automated system with pedestrians and cyclists.

Partners:

  • Aptiv Services Deutschland
  • Audi
  • Continental Automotive
  • Continental Safety Engineering International
  • Continental Teves
  • Daimler
  • German Aerospace Center
  • MAN Truck & Bus
  • Robert Bosch
  • Technical University of Chemnitz
  • Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Technical University of Munich
  • Valeo Switches and Sensors
  • ZF Friedrichshafen 
  • 3D Mapping Solutions

@CITY-AF

Automated Vehicles and Intelligent Traffic in the City: Automated driving functions

    07/2018-06/2022

    Daimler

    €26.6 million

    Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

    Research new automated driving functions for the city. Focus is on realistic urban environment such as intersections and roundabouts as well as the interaction of the automated system with pedestrians and cyclists.

    Partners:

    • Aptiv Services Deutschland
    • Audi
    • Continental Automotive
    • Continental Safety Engineering International
    • Continental Teves
    • Daimler
    • German Aerospace Center
    • MAN Truck & Bus
    • Robert Bosch
    • Technical University of Chemnitz
    • Technical University of Darmstadt
    • Technical University of Munich
    • Valeo Switches and Sensors 
    • ZF Friedrichshafen
    • 3D Mapping Solutions

    mFUND

    In addition to the projects here, some more CAV projects are funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure through a programme called mFUND.

    This programme has funded research and development projects for data-based applications for mobility since 2016.Under this programme, some connected and autonomous vehicle related projects received funding.

    The latest call of Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure called ‘A Sustainable Mobility System through Automated Driving and Networking’ closed on 26 April 2019 and the ‘New Vehicle and System Technologies/ programme from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy closed on 31 March 2019.

    The applications are currently under review.















    Projects ending in 2019:

    DiVA

    Social Dialogue for Connected and Automated Driving

    07/2017 - 12/2019

    German Aerospace Center

    €420,000

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    The aim of the project is to maximize the benefits of the automation and networking of road transport by establishing a solid scientific basis for the dialogue with relevant players and stakeholders in society and structuring their role. This will ensure that the introduction of new road transport technology serves to best meet people's mobility needs, to design an efficient and sustainable transport system, to understand new markets and to safeguard and strengthen Germany as a center of innovation.

    Partners:

    • German Aerospace Center

    AutoConstruct

    Real-time environment monitoring of construction sites by means of production-compatible and cost-optimised camera sensors

    12/2016 – 11/2019

    ADC Automotive Distance Control Systems

    €1.94 million

    Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

    Develop a fully integrated solution for the detection of construction sites where roadways are often narrowed and heavily altered, road markings are overlaid with the original markings, and traffic cones limit the lanes.

    Partners:

    • b-plus
    • CMORE Automotive
    • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the promotion of applied research
    • TÜV NORD Mobility

    AutoTruck

    Fully automatic distribution truck for automation zones driving 

    09/2016 – 02/2019

    Götting

    €2.08 million

    Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

    Developing technologies for autonomous trucks in logistics centres.The autonomously driving vehicles provide numerous advantages for the operators of depots and logistic centres – being able to operate day and night, making fewer mistakes, and lowering the number of accidents as well as the costs. 

    Partners:

    • Emons Spedition
    • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the promotion of applied research
    • Locations
    • WABCO Development

    ATLaS

    Automated and connected driving in logistics - opportunities for added value

    08/2017 - 07/2019

    Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg

    Institute of Transport Planning and Logistics

    €270,000

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    For the first time, potential scenarios are derived with regard to the question under which circumstances autonomous transport can be carried out and which degree of automation would be accepted by the economy in terms of necessity, costs and flexibility. The conceptualization and initial assessment of possible new business models is also part of the project.

    Partners:

    • Hamburg University of Technology (Institute of Transport Planning and Logistics)
    • German Aerospace Center (Institute for Transport Research)

    VERONIKA

    Connected public transport in Kassel

    01/2017 - 06/2019

    University of Kassel, specialising in traffic engineering and transport logistics

    €2.36 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    The networking of traffic light systems with trams and buses based on the ETSI G5 communication standard will be implemented and tested. Continuous and bidirectional communication should enable new signaling and coordinated driving strategies, thus contributing to a network-wide energy-saving driving style. The consideration of connected ambulances should also further improve road safety.


    Partners:

    • City of Kassel, Road Traffic and Civil Engineering Office
    • University of Kassel - Department of Transportation Engineering and Transport Logistics

    EDDI

    Electronic Drawbar - Digital Innovation

    06/2017 - 01/2019

    DB Schenker

    €1.86 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Test platooning technology on a highway under real traffic conditions providing logistics services over a long period of time. In addition, to examine the potential effects of the technology on truck drivers.

    Partners:

    • DB Schenker
    • MAN Truck & Bus
    • College Fresenius











    HarmonizeDD

    Continuous support of connected and automated driving in mixed traffic with heterogeneously equipped vehicles - Test field Dresden 

    04/2017 - 06/2019

    BMW

    €3.86 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Develop a concept to support automated and non-automated connected driving  in inner-cities.This includes work on a mobile-based cloud solution, a track-side road-side unit cloud systems, the expansion of automated vehicle control and the development of a man-machine interface modules for conventionally controlled vehicles, including the communication protocols necessary for the exchange of information.

    Partners:

    • Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (IVI)
    • IAV
    • Mugler
    • Noritel Mobile Communications
    • Preh Car Connect
    • Vodafone
    • IVM Institute for Connected Mobility
    • Technical University Dresden
    • Chemnitz University of Technology

    Digitaler Knoten 4.0

     Design and control of urban hubs for secure and efficient automated connected driving in mixed traffic

    12/2016 - 05/2019

    German Aerospace Center

    €5.8 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Explored new ways of communicating automated and non-automated vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and even traffic lights at inner-city intersections.Digitaler Knoten 4.0 develops core technologies for "intelligent" intersection infrastructures that capture mixed traffic, interpret in real time and provide relevant information to all road users, functionalities for cooperative, automated vehicle routing at urban nodes and validated "blueprints" for future urban transport hubs.The developed concepts are tested in simulation as well as in real traffic in the test field 'Application Platform for Intelligent Mobility' (AIM).

    Partners:

    • AVL Software & Functions
    • German Aerospace Center
    • Nordsys
    • OECON Products & Services
    • Offis
    • Schlothauer & Wauer 
    • Technical University of Braunschweig
    • Volkswagen

    ConVex

    Connected Vehicle (V2X) of Tomorrow

    12/2016 - 06/2019

    Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

    €1.83 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Highly automated and connected driving makes special demands on the reliability and security of the communication technologies and infrastructure used. Low latency, real-time processing and direct connections between subscribers even without a mobile network are further requirements. While WiFi-based ITS-G5 / 802.11p communication technologies are used in most of the previous test fields, there is little experience in using mobile-based radio technologies. The project will develop an exemplary hybrid V2X reference system with mobile-based communication modules that will be integrated into vehicles and roadside stations as well as into a 5G network infrastructure.

    Partners:

    • Audi
    • Ericsson
    • Qualcomm CDMA Technologies
    • SWARCO Traffic Systems
    • University of Kaiserslautern



    DIGINET-PS

     The digitally connected protocol route - urban test field for automated and connected driving in Berlin

    04/2017 - 06/2019

    Technical University Berlin, DAI-Laboratory

    €4.63 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Development of a real digital infrastructure and a virtual test and validation environment for autonomous vehicles. Establishment of an open and scalable platform for testing automated and connected driving. Establishment of an ecosystem of key players who are working on the future of automated mobility.

    Partners:

    • Technical University Berlin
    • T-Systems International
    • Berlin Agency for Electric Mobility
    • Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS)

    SAFARI

    Digitals, Test Field, City Traffic 

    06/2017 - 06/2019

    Land Berlin, represented by the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection

    €4.29 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Investigate the updating of digital maps as a prerequisite for automated and connected driving. The use of updated maps greatly facilitates the introduction of CAV and can drive the digitization of municipal processes.

    Partners:

    • Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection Berlin
    • Daimler Center for Automotive Information Technology Innovations (DCAITI)
    • Fraunhofer FOKUS
    • Free University of Berlin
    • Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision
    • IAV

    Providentia

    Proactive Video-Based Use of Telecommunication Technologies in Innovative Highway Scenarios 

    12/2016 - 06/2019

    fortiss

    €6.09 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    The project will provide drivers - and in the case of highly-automated vehicles, the vehicle itself - with a comprehensive view at the road ahead. This is supposed to work reliably and situation-adapted, as well as under adverse weather conditions, while avoiding information overload. Tests will be carried out in the A9 test bed.

    Partners:

    • BMW
    • Cognition Factory
    • Elektrobit Automotive
    • IPG Automotive
    • Rohde & Schwarz


    KoRA9

    Cooperative radar sensors for the digital test field A9 

    09/2017 - 06/2019

    Siemens

    €1.96 million

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    The central topic of the project is the research, adaptation and transmission of automotive radar applications in the field of infrastructure sensors, as well as their testing in the complex field of use of the motorway. The basis of the work here is a 77 GHz chipset, as used in current automotive sensors. 

    Partners:

    • Infineon Corporation
    • Intel Germany
    • University of Augsburg
    • Technical University of Munich

    5G-Connected Mobility 

    11/2016

    Ericsson

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Installation of a 5G test network between the Nürnberg-Feucht and Greding access points (30 km) to trial automated driving. Trialled at Digital Motorway Test Bed A9.

    Partners

    • BMW
    • Deutsche Bahn
    • Telefónica Deutschland Holding 
    • Vodafone
    • Deutsche Telekom
    • 5G Lab Germany at the Dresden University of Technology
    • Federal Highway Research Institute
    • Federal Network Agency

    AVF

    Study to develop a precise and reliable positioning system for semi-automated and highly automated urban driving

    04/2017 - 03/2019

    ANavS

    €100,000

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    A precise and reliable positioning system for semi-automated and highly automated driving is to be developed, which enables a centimeter-accurate position solution with cost-effective sensors even in urban areas under difficult conditions.








    PEGASUS

    Project for the establishment of generally accepted quality criteria, tools and methods as well as scenarios and situations for the release of highly automated driving functions

    01.01.2016 - 30.06.2019

    Volkswagen

    €16.3 million

    Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

    This project’s objective is define scientifically verified and manufacturer-independent quality-standards, test criteria and test methods that can act as a prerequisite for safety and release of highly automated vehicles.

    Partners:

    • BMW
    • Audi
    • Daimler
    • Opel
    • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
    • Robert Bosch
    • Continental Teves
    • ADC Automotive Distance Control Systems
    • TÜV SÜD Auto Service
    • iMAR Navigation
    • IPG Automotive
    • QTronic
    • TraceTronic
    • VIRES Simulationstechnologie
    • Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen
    • Technical University of Darmstadt

    Projects ended in 2018:

    aFAS

     oAutomatic driverless safety vehicle for work on motorways

    01.08.2014–31.07.2018

    MAN Truck & Bus 

    €3.4 million

    Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

    To build unmanned protective vehicle for highway hard shoulder road works. Tested on the roads in Hasse.

    Partners:

    • WABCO
    • University of Karlsruhe
    • Robert Bosch Automotive Steering
    • Hessen Mobil
    • TRW Automotive
    • Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig
    • Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)

    RoboCab

    Acceptance study for CAV taxis 

    08/2017 - 09/2018Fraunhofer IAO

    FKZ 16AVF2023

    €100,000

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Develop a scientifically sound vision of the future with regard to the design and potential of automated mobility systems in road traffic based on user-oriented acceptance analysis. The findings of the project is summarized and published as a study. The study should contain and interpret quantitative results of the surveys as well as show qualitative statements regarding vehicle concepts, user groups or traffic effects.

    Partners:

    • Fraunhofer IAO
    • Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE)

    AVF_RERA

    Legal Framework for Automated and Connected Traffic Systems 

    07/2017 - 11/2018

    Department of Business Law, Business Law and Technology Law

    Technical University Berlin

    €100,000

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    The objective of the scientific study is to develop a sustainable approach to dealing with new legal challenges and potential conflicts of interest in automated and connected driving. Recommendations for action are created. The interdisciplinary close cooperation between engineers and lawyers is intended to investigate existing legal regulations with regard to their suitability for practical application and to develop any necessary new suitable legal structures.


    Ko-HAF

    Cooperative, highly automated driving

    01.06.2015-30.11.2018

    Continental Teves 

    €15.6 million

    Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

    Develop high-speed connected and autonomous driving.Information collected by the vehicles of different partners such as the perception of the surroundings of their own onboard sensors is collected, evaluated and put together as a collective perception.This is combined with the vehicle’s own sensor system.This gives the vehicle a detailed map with much information needed for highly automated driving.

    • Audi
    • BMW
    • Daimler
    • Opel Automobile
    • Continental Automotive
    • Continental Safety Engineering International
    • Robert Bosch
    • Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)
    • Hessen Mobil - Road and Traffic Management
    • University of Passau
    • Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina
    • Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
    • Technical University of Munich
    • 3D Mapping Solutions
    • Visteon Electronics Germany

     Auto FipS

    Automated driving in peripheral settlement structures

    07/2017 - 06/2018

    IVM Institute for Connected Mobility

    €90,000

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Auto FipS wants to gain insights into the technological and social potential of automated driving in rural areas and for the immobile population groups living there (children, elderly people, people with disabilities). In addition, a possible later test field realization in the metropolitan area of Dresden is being prepared.

    Projects ended before 2018:

    Mobile Edge Computing

    09/2015

    Deutsche Telekom

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    The application of the mobile edge computing technology was trialed with the help of the real time brake assist and the overtaking assistance system. Changes to the infrastructure were not necessary. The LTE base radio station at the motorway was equipped with a Mobile Edge Computing IT server.Trialled in 2015 at Digital Motorway Test Bed.

    Partner

    • Nokia
    • Continental Fraunhofer ESK

    Platooning Project

    02/2016-04/2016

    MAN Truck & Bus

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Trialing of a platoon prototype in real world driving on the digital motorway test bed from February to April 2016 in preparation for the 'European Truck Platooning Challenge 2016' of the Dutch Government for the journey to Rotterdam at the beginning of April 2016.Trialled at Digital Motorway Test Bed A9



    Partner:

    • Schenker DB

    A9

    Innovative radar sensors on the test bed

    06/2016

    Siemens

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Trialling of innovative radio sensors on the infrastructure to detect the traffic flow. Traffic detection and occupant sensing by means of innovative 77GHz and 120 GHz radar sensors.Area-wide installation was done and used Infineon radar chips.Trialled at Digital Motorway Test Bed A9.

    Partners:

    • Infineon Technologies AG

    LTE for Vehicle Standard

    Field trial of the vehicle-to-vehicle communication by means of LTE - V technology  

    08/2017

    Deutsche Telekom

    Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

    Field trial of a pre-commercial V2X mobile communications technology; by upgrading the existing LTE (4G) base stations along the A9 near Ingolstadt, between 439.8 km (Denkendorf) and 472.7 km (Langenbruck) to LTE-V (4.5G), network- based direct vehicle-to-vehicle communications were made possible (performed in May/June 2016) For this project, four base stations of the network operator Deutsche Telekom were upgraded from 4G to 4.5G.Trialled at Digital Motorway Test Bed A9.

    Partners

    • BMW
    • Toyota Motor Europe 
    • VW/Audi
    • Huawei Technologies