Architecture and Technologies for Orchestrating Automotive Agility

[Projekt-Skizze: AUTOtechagil]
© Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) - RWTH Aachen University / Lutz Eckstein

Electric, connected and automated. The transformation of road traffic wants to be actively shaped and contribute to increasing safety and efficiency for all road users through innovations.

The AUTOtech.agil consortium project aims to create an open software and electrical/electronic architecture for the future mobility system.  

The special focus is on the standardization of interfaces as well as modularization with the aim of reusability, updatability, and expandability of individual functional modules.

This modular principle of all necessary software and hardware elements for vehicles of all types makes it easy to implement additions and extensions in research, development, production, and, above all, in the utilization phase.

The architecture for driverless vehicles researched and developed in the predecessor project UNICARagil is being extended to the entire transportation system, especially in the areas of software and tools for software development. Infrastructure-based sensor technology and cooperative concepts with control rooms and clouds are also being researched in depth.

Three exemplary applications are used to demonstrate and implement the concepts with social value:

  • Mobility for people with age- or illness-related performance limitations;
  • the sustainable transport of critical goods such as medicines;
  • a "guardian angel function" for greater safety of vulnerable road users, for example those on foot or by bicycle.

Successful achievement of the project goal is only possible through interdisciplinary cooperation between leading partners from research with 17 chairs at nine universities and industry with three SMEs and nine companies in the field of automated and connected driving.

The research project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the "Electronics and Software Development Methods for the Digitalization of Automobility (Mannheim)" funding guideline (see project sheet DLR project management organization).



Raphael van Kempen M.Sc.
+49 241 80 25599

Project duration

10/2022 – 09/2025

Project partner

RWTH Aachen, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, TU München, Universität Stuttgart, Universität Ulm, Universität Passau, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, iMAR Navigation GmbH, INCYDE GmbH, Thinking Cars GmbH, DSA Daten- und Systemtechnik GmbH, IPG Automotive GmbH, Mercedes Benz AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH, Vector Informatik GmbH, Vires Simulationstechnologie GmbH, Vitesco Technologies GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

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