Together with our partners from science and research we are working on various national and international research projects.

Portable, self-sufficient and compact power generators (TASG)

Project duration: 01.02.2019 – 31.12.2021

With increasing digitalisation and the rapid introduction of industry 4.0 technologies, the requirements for a permanent supply of energy for self-sufficient components are becoming a fundamental demand. Due to the high number of sensors, the use of batteries with necessary battery changes is only possible with a great deal of effort, or in some cases not possible with integrated sensors. A self-sufficient, reliable energy supply on site is therefore indispensable for many applications. Also the success of e.g. Smart Watches or Smart Textiles are currently limited by the relatively short runtimes (e.g. battery life of the Apple Watch of 6-20 hours). This severely limits the mobility and comfort of the user as well as the possible applications. Currently available generators for an independent on-site energy supply do not yet represent a satisfactory solution (due to size, energy gained, reliability, price, environmental compatibility). Therefore, the aim of the project is the development of portable, self-sufficient and compact power generators based on one electromagnetic generator and one piezoelectric generator each, in order to flexibly cover a variety of potential applications. This is to ensure a self-sufficient energy supply, whereby batteries can be replaced or supplemented in such a way that the lifetimes of existing electrical systems can be increased by extending their service life by up to 10 years. Application demonstrators are planned for both generator types. For this purpose, the developments of both generator types, energy management and the construction of a radio link via a radio module for the transmission of data/signals (sensor technology) are planned. The development of the generator types includes material, individual components, production technologies and designs. The demonstrators are to be aimed at different fields of application.


Bycycle in Focus - Intermodal warning and support system for cyclists

Project duration: 01.09.2018 – 31.12.2021

While motor vehicles are increasingly being equipped with electronic information, warning and assistance systems, so far these technological possibilities have largely remained closed to cyclists. But because of electric bicycles and the associated power supply to the bicycle, there are completely new ways to establish electronic warning and support systems on the bike. The project aims to significantly improve the traffic safety of vulnerable road users and improve their individual driving experience against the background of more complex traffic with a holistic, intermodal warning and support system for cyclists.
Through interdisciplinary research in collaboration of research institutions, manufacturers, providers and future users, the system should provide a novel technology-based, context-sensitive and user-friendly action support, which focuses on the needs of users and consistently integrates cyclists in the networked traffic. This improves the orientation and safety of cyclists in complex and potentially dangerous traffic situations and creates a network with the immediate surroundings. This includes, in particular, the transport infrastructure (for example, road and road network with danger spots made available to cyclists electronically), the technical infrastructure (for example, traffic lights communicating with the bicycle) and other road users (in particular cars / trucks and public transport vehicles).

IVS-KOM – Communication technologies for intelligent traffic systems

Project duration: 01.02.2017 - 31.01.2020

Through a wide use of communication technologies in intelligent transport systems, the safety, environmental compatibility and comfort of the selected mobility can be sustainably improved. The three existing primary communication technologies in the mobility sector - WLAN-11p, mobile and DAB + - can already cover many mobility applications today. But in the future, the performance and reliability requirements of communications will grow - especially through networked, highly automated driving and the increasing adoption of cloud technologies. The IVS-KOM project establishes a reference system for communication in intelligent transport systems integrating the primary technologies. The reference system will be integrated into various platforms through appropriate adaptations, especially in on-board on-board units, infrastructure-side road side units and traffic lights. The reference system is first based on the current state of development and standardization and is then extended by new functionalities for communication-supported highly automated driving. There is a strong cooperation with other projects of the initiative "Synchronous Mobility 2023 - Intelligent Transport Systems in Saxony". The reference system established in IVS-KOM should therefore also support the requirements of other projects under the initiative.

Synchronized automated driving in urban areas (SYNCAR)

Project duration: 15.09.2016 – 14.09.2019

It is foreseeable that highly automated driving will already be visible in real road traffic in the near future. However, the application of highly automated driving in complex inner-city traffic situations is still a major challenge: Today's research and development focuses on safety, driving comfort and energy consumption from the perspective of a single vehicle. In SYNCAR this perspective is extended by developing novel solutions for anticipatory automated driving in coordination with other road users and traffic light systems. This will also lead to a new form of traffic process optimization by providing specific driving recommendations (maneuver recommendations) for specific vehicle groups or individual vehicles. In order to achieve this, new methods for processing environmental information from vehicle sensors, for handling communication processes between the vehicle and its surroundings, for operation and visualisation in the vehicle and for information provision on the infrastructure side must be developed. The methods and functions in the vehicle and in the trackside infrastructure that are developed within the framework of this project are to be implemented as prototypes and demonstrated in test drives partly on non-public test fields and partly in real road traffic.

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