Current projects

FKFS is involved in many projects publicly funded by the federal or state governments, often in a lead role.

Here, you may find a small selection of our current projects.



KI Data Tooling





Project U-Shift - Modular vehicle concept for autonomous, driverless electric driving

Innovative modular vehicle concept for the change in urban mobility and logistics: As a consortium partner, FKFS is responsible, among other things, for the central electric drive components, the holistic energy and thermal management and the central driving function intelligence (motion control).

The project is funded by the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing in Baden-Württemberg as part of the Automotive Industry Strategy Dialogue.


Dr.-Ing. Jens Neubeck

Ph.: +49 711 685-65701

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bargende

Ph.: +49 711 685-65646

For more information on the project, see our U-Shift press box U-Shift  (only availabe in German).

Project AI2ISO - Securing functions for autonomous driving

The aim of the AI2ISO project is to develop AI-based software to validate the reliability of autonomous vehicles in critical driving situations. The FKFS is consortium leader and develops and validates the driving function of an AI-based lane departure warning system within the AI2ISO project. For the validation real driving scenes are extended by virtual scenes (e.g. side, snow, sensor errors) by means of image manipulation.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing of Baden-Württemberg within the framework of the "Innovation Competition AI for SMEs".


Dr.-Ing. Thomas Riemer

Ph.: +49 711 685-68131


Project overview AI2ISO (only available in German)

Final report AI2ISO (only available in German)


Article in the ATZ (only availabe in German)

Project AI Data Tooling

In the research project AI Data Tooling, tools and methods for the provision of data of all modalities (camera, lidar, radar, IMU, etc.) for AI-based functions are developed and investigated for the first time.

By the integrated consideration of real and synthetic data as well as the use of efficiency potentials in their combination, this project will for the first time develop a "data factory" as a complete solution for the training and validation of AI-based automated driving functions.

KI-DT is funded by the BMWi within the framework of the BMWi program "New Vehicle and System Technologies".



Dipl.-Ing. Christian Holzapfel

Ph.: +49 711 685-69461

Project ERIKA - Electromobility with redundant Intelligent Communication Architecture

FKFS is working on the topic of OFDM technology in charging interface and diagnostics in the ERIKA project funded by the BMWi.

FKFS determines and defines the functions, technical requirements, safety requirements, boundary conditions and the architectural design with regard to charging communication, thus ensuring integration into the future charging infrastructure in the context of electrified and automated driving.

In addition, FKFS develops concepts for holistic diagnosis of the new bus system.

Project RABus - Real Laboratory for Automated Bus Operation

Real labs are used to gather experience with digital innovations under real conditions. Here, stakeholders from research, industry, municipalities and operators in urban and rural areas as well as for passenger and freight transportation can test new technologies and business models. 
As part of RABus, largely economical public transport operations with electrified and automated vehicles will be established in Mannheim and in Friedrichshafen by the end of 2023. To achieve this, the vehicles will be able to "float along" in regular traffic - at a minimum of 40 km/h in urban areas and at a minimum of 60 km/h in extra-urban areas. The scientific community is also intensively involved in the project through accompanying research on acceptance, cost-effectiveness and technical solutions. 

The consortium consists of the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS), the Institute of Transportation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Verkehrsbetrieb Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH, Verkehrsbetrieb Stadtverkehr Friedrichshafen GmbH with DB ZugBus Regionalverkehr Alb-Bodensee GmbH and the ZF Friedrichshafen AG.


Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Weinrich

Ph.: +49 711 685-68524

Project InnoEKom - Innovative total energy system for an electric municipal vehicle using the example of a compact sweeper

The aim of the InnoEKom funding project was to develop an innovative overall energy system for a municipal vehicle. This vehicle belongs to the category of "non-avoidable traffic", which means that the legally regulated maximum value for NOX and the associated driving ban for diesel-powered municipal vehicles will be an obstacle to their future work in inner-city areas. Cities are demanding locally emission-free vehicles. The transformation process driven by this requires a change in drive technology, away from diesel and toward electric drives. The challenge in the electrification of these vehicles lies in the complexity of the drive architecture and the associated energy flows.

As a representative example of municipal vehicles, a complex drive system of a compact sweeper from Aebi Schmidt was investigated. The electrification of this vehicle class is a new topic for Aebi Schmidt. This heavy vehicle has correspondingly high energy consumption, which means that optimization of the overall energy system is an important part of making this vehicle suitable for purely electric operation.


M.Sc. André Ebel

Ph.: +49 711 685-66690

Final Report Project InnoEKom (only availabe in German)

Project M³

In the project M³, FKFS designs a novel concept for a high-power mobile test vehicle for charging stations. This test vehicle contains the necessary measurement technology and energy system for testing the functionality and safety of high-power charging ports of 150 kW and beyond in hyper charging stations – comparable with advanced lab test systems. This mobile lab comprises electric safety tests including power quality, potential injury risks and the technical health state of the charging poles.

Due to national regulations in Germany (Ladesäulenverordnung) and the counterpart European regulations, the charging station has to be checked once before its initial operation, further periodic checks of the electrical safety has to follow. Because of aging and other reasons functional impairments and safety issues can occur. These periodic tests can be expanded to include additional measured values using the test system. Accordingly, regular checks of the functionality and safety of charging points is necessary for the market success of e-mobility. For CPO this guaranties his customers a good experience and less expense in support.

The concept for a high-power mobile test vehicle contains the necessary measurement technology and energy system as a solution for the aforementioned challenges and requirements. This concept consists of a test vehicle with workplace, test and measurement equipment, as well as, energy management system with multiple EV and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) simulators for energy consumption and supply, as shown in figure.

The vehicle includes a fully equipped workplace for the control of the test and for the documentation. The EV-Simulator and the EVSE-Simulator are both connected to the Tester Battery. The simulators consist of the electronic for the communication and power electronic modules. Depending on the installed battery stack the supported power will be at least about 150 kW. Future versions will also handle 350 kW and above. The vehicle uses at least one camera to document the environment of the charging pole to document statements about the handling.


In the first stage of the project the concept and a prototype of the test vehicle will be realized. The prototype allows to get more experience on the need of field testing and allows to research the capability of measurement in the real-world environment


Consortium (DE: Konsortium)

  • FKFS
  • Check4Charge
  • Emobility solutions


Technical questions : Caroline Grund

Project Manager: Dr. Omar Abu Mohareb