The project brings together 16 universities and companies at ten locations in Germany that conduct interdisciplinary research and development. This close integration allows synergies to be exploited and competencies to be strengthened.
Funding Organization BMBF
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) specifically supports innovations, which improve the lives of the citizens. One of the most promising technologies for the mobility of the future is autonomous driving. The UNICARagil project has the potential to create important concepts with completely new vehicle concepts. Therefore, it is supported by the BMBF with around 26 million euros in the funding programme "Microelectronics from Germany – Driver of innovation for the digital economy".
Project Sponsor VDI/VDE
Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
The ika of RWTH Aachen University under the direction of Prof. Lutz Eckstein has been intensively researching the relevant topics of motor vehicles for over 100 years, which also includes networked and automated driving. The ika coordinates the project UNICARagil and contributes several innovative technologies. The main areas of work are the conception and structural design of platforms and add-on modules, the development and implementation of dynamic modules and the implementation of the autoSHUTTLE use case.
Institut für Flugsystemdynamik (FSD)
The Institute of Flight System Dynamics (FSD) of RWTH Aachen University has done a lot of preliminary work, especially in the field of unconventional aircraft configurations. In the project UNCARagil the conception of the info bees as external information supplier for the supplement of the vehicle environment model is taken over. In addition, the FSD is responsible for the development of the airworthy environment sensors and their communicative connection. It integrates the components into a functional overall system and pursues the optimisation and safeguarding of the system.
The i11 of Prof. Stefan Kowalewski of RWTH Aachen University is researching in the fields of design methodology for embedded software, model-based development, architectural analysis and validation of safety-critical systems. UNICARagil focuses on the conception and implementation of the digital architecture in and outside the vehicle of the i11. He will develop the software architecture ASOA and coordinate the implementation of the UNICARagil-Cloud infrastructure.
Chair of Management Accounting
The Chair of Management Accounting of RWTH Aachen University led by Professor Dr. Peter Letmathe has a highly interdisciplinary profile, bringing together business, economics, engineering and natural sciences. The team of PostDocs, PhD students and student assistants works closely together to create synergies and connect topics of interest. Addressed fields of research are in particular behavioral controlling, value and sustainability controlling as well as business model and innovation controlling. The range of projects varies from basic research to implementation in industry. In the project UNICARagil the Chair of Management Accounting is part of the project management team and is responsible for monitoring the progress of the project.
Institut für Regelungstechnik (IfR)
The working group Electronic Vehicle Systems of the Institute of Control Engineering (IfR) at the TU Braunschweig, headed by Prof. Markus Maurer, is researching the inherent risk of autonomous driving. The group researches systemic aspects such as system architectures, safety and validation as well as environmental perception and behaviour generation. In UNICARagil, the group is responsible for safety at the overall vehicle level and for the application of the autonomous family vehicle autoELF.
Institut für Datentechnik und Kommunikationsnetze (IDA)
The Institute for Data Technology and Communication Networks (IDA) at TU Braunschweig deals with the design of embedded systems in automotive engineering as well as in aerospace engineering. The team focuses on the reliability, security and real-time capability of multicore and distributed systems. Basic methods developed by the research group will be extended and tested in the UNICARagil project.
Fachgebiet Fahrzeugtechnik (FZD)
The Department of Automotive Engineering (FZD) at Darmstadt Technical University recognised the special challenge of securing automated vehicles at a very early stage and has been developing concepts for this for many years. With this competence the modular protection is developed in UNICARagil. FZD is also conducting research into a 3DoF motion control system that controls the four independent wheel hub drives. Safe stopping" is another research topic at FZD and serves in UNICARagil as a safe fallback level in the event of failures of major vehicle components.
Fachgebiet Physikalische Geodäsie und Satellitengeodäsie (PSGD)
The high-precision determination of position and vehicle dynamics are central research areas and a core competence of the Physical Geodesy and Satellite Geodesy (PSGD) department at Darmstadt Technical University. In UNICARagil the PSGD together with iMAR Navigation GmbH is responsible for the integration of inertial and wheel sensors with GNSS for optimal estimation of the current driving condition, described by position, speed, acceleration and orientation of the vehicle.
Lehrstuhl für Ergonomie (LfE)
The Chair of Ergonomics (LfE) at the Technical University of Munich deals with the design and evaluation of human-machine interaction and the anthropometric design of technical systems. In particular, #safety, #efficiency of use and user satisfaction and acceptance in different usage scenarios play an important role.
Lehrstuhl für Fahrzeugtechnik (FTM)
The Chair of Automotive Engineering (FTM) at the Technical University of Munich deals with all mobility requirements. Research is carried out on various aspects of vehicle concepts, with a focus on electromobility and automated driving. FTM's work in the UNICARagil project focuses on the development of a #control centre for automated vehicle fleets including tele-operated driving and the implementation of the autoTAXI use case.
Institute of Automotive Engineering (IFS)
The Chair of Automotive Mechatronics at the Institute of Automotive Engineering (IFS) at the University of Stuttgart is headed by Prof. Hans-Christian Reuss and conducts research in the fields of electrics/electronics, electromobility, accumulators, automation, networking, software and simulation. In the project UNICARagil the IVK is responsible for the mechatronic architecture, the brain stem hardware as well as the energy supply including thermal conditioning.
Institut für Mess-, Regel- und Mikrotechnik (MRM)
The MRM of the University of Ulm, headed by Prof. Klaus Dietmayer, conducts research in the fields of automated driving and driver assistance systems, electromobility, automation and robotics as well as the diagnosis and modelling of battery cells. In UNICARagil the MRM is responsible for the realization of generic sensor modules for driving environment detection, vehicle environment modeling as well as methods for strategic behavior generation of the automated vehicle based on the current situation and driving mission.
Institut für Mess- und Regelungstechnik (mrt)
The Institute for Measurement and Control Technology (mrt) of the KIT, headed by Prof. Christoph Stiller, conducts research in the field of autonomous driving with a focus on optical driving environment detection and behavior generation. The focal points of mrt in the UNICARagil project include the realization of the cerebrum, visual perception, behavior generation and motion planning.
Institut für Fördertechnik und Logistiksysteme (IFL)
The Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics Systems (IFL) at KIT, headed by Prof. Kai Furmans, conducts research focusing on the deployment planning of automated vehicles as well as robotics and handling technology. The results and the existing know-how are needed for the use case autoCARGO.
Lehrstuhl für technische Informatik
The Chair of Computer Engineering under the direction of Prof. Stefan Katzenbeisser deals with practical questions of IT security with a focus on critical infrastructures, transport security and data protection. In the area of hardware security, the chair deals with the research of new hardware trust anchors based on physical properties as well as mechanisms for verification of device integrity by means of certification. In the UNICARagil project, the working group is responsible for the design and implementation of IT security for autonomous driving.
Atlatec GmbH was founded in 2015 as a start-up by Dr. Henning Lategahn, a graduate of KIT Karlsruhe, and offers mapping and localization solutions for driver assistance systems and automated driving. By adapting map data to the sensors used by UNICARagil, Atlatec solutions will contribute to accurate vehicle localization and navigation.
flyXdrive GmbH is a start-up company founded in 2017 by the Institute of Flight System Dynamics at RWTH Aachen University. The team specialises in the design, implementation and approval of highly automated flying tiltwing aircraft that can be operated over long periods of time and long distances, even out of sight and in adverse weather conditions. flyXdrive GmbH develops the "info bee" in the project to supplement the external perception of the environment.
iMAR Navigation GmbH is a technology-oriented company and a trendsetter in the development and manufacture of inertial navigation and measurement systems. In cooperation with TU Darmstadt, a robust data fusion is used to develop motion state observation and location with a high degree of functional safety for the four vehicle prototypes in the UNICARagil project and to make them permanently available.
IPG Automotive GmbH is a global technology leader in virtual road testing and develops innovative simulation solutions for vehicle development. The software and hardware products for the application fields Driver Assistance & Automated Driving, Powertrain and Vehicle Dynamics can be used throughout the development process.
The project contribution of IPG Automotive focuses on the provision and configuration of a test environment using the open integration and test platform CarMaker.
Schaeffler Deutschland is a leading integrated automotive and industrial supplier. For wheel hub drives, Schaeffler bundles leading global know-how and has already developed several prototype generations of the so-called "E-Wheel Drive". Schaeffler will contribute existing results from various projects as part of UNICARagil. As a result, the dynamic modules will be equipped with wheel hub drives.
With VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH and its flexible traffic simulation environment "VIRES Virtual Test Drive" (VTD) UNICARagil has a strong partner for the development of the external environment model on board. The environment model will make a decisive contribution to the safe and dynamic behaviour of vehicles in demanding everyday road traffic scenarios by enabling the development and evaluation of automated driving functions and systems.
Maxion Wheels Holding GmbH, a division of IOCHPE-MAXION S.A., is a leading manufacturer of wheels for passenger cars, light trucks, buses, trucks and trailers. The company also produces wheels for agricultural vehicles and other off-highway applications. With 10,000 employees and an annual production of around 60 million wheels, Maxion Wheels is the largest wheel manufacturer in the world. As part of the project, Maxion Wheels is supporting the development and supply of the wheels required for the wheel hub drive type.
Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH is an independent group of companies specialising in the development, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the further development of intuitive driving and the reduction of CO2 emissions. As one of the leading suppliers of driver assistance systems, Valeo aims to support drivers in critical driving situations. In the UNICARagil project, Valeo will support the implementation of the ultrasonic-based part of the environment detection system for "Safe Stopping".
Thinking Cars GmbH is a start-up company from the environment of the RWTH Aachen University, the University of Ulm and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. It was founded in 2020 from the UNICARagil consortium and is based in Ettlingen. There is a close cooperation with the Institutes of Automotive Engineering (RWTH Aachen), Measurement and Control Engineering (KIT) and Measurement, Control and Microtechnology (UULM). The company bundles the know-how of several UNICARagil project members and is intended to ensure the long-term operation of the research vehicles created in the project, even beyond the duration of the UNICARagil project.
The Project Advisory Board
The mobility and logistics service provider Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) would like to make rail transport the strong backbone of Germany's economy, society, climate protection and a networked Europe. Through the integrated operation of rail transport and infrastructure, DB moves people and goods around the clock and occupies the leading market positions in the mobility and logistics sector. DB relies on digital support such as 3D printing, intelligent diagnostic systems and robotics to strengthen its infrastructure, increase rail capacity and continuously improve rail quality and customer service. By developing and promoting new services in the area of New Mobility (e.g. ioki, CleverShuttle, Mobimeo), DB is expanding the spectrum of public transport and thus strengthening the connection and attractiveness of climate-friendly rail. The company is also a pioneer in autonomous driving and operates the first autonomous bus line in Germany. Here you will find further information on DB AG and the "Strong Rail" strategy.
BITO stands for "Bittmann Oberstein", because this is where our company was founded by the Bittmann family in 1845. Meanwhile we employ more than 1000 employees. In 1991, the ever expanding company moved to neighbouring Meisenheim for space reasons and in 2000 founded a further production site in nearby Lauterecken.
The company currently has over 140,000 sqm of floor space. We are specialists in the areas of warehouse equipment and order picking systems and are distinguished by the highest quality standards and a comprehensive orientation towards the needs of our customers and their industries.
BITO is one of the few complete suppliers of warehouse technology in the intralogistics sector. We offer all warehouse technology components. From catalogue products to large systems. From shelf racks for workshop and factory equipment to compact pallet racks for your intralogistics system. From small open fronted storage bins to large containers.
The BASt is a research institute of the Federal Ministry of Transport. Its task is to promote the development of the road system and to provide the Ministry with scientifically sound decision-making aids for upcoming transport policy and technical issues in the field of road systems.
In order to fulfil this task, BASt conducts its own research. In addition, it coordinates and supervises research projects and evaluates their results.
Vehicle technology makes a significant contribution to increasing road safety. The aim of active vehicle safety is to prevent accidents. The BASt deals with all questions of tire safety and tire-side environmental protection and is with its competence a part of the advisory board in the project UNICARagil..
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2018, Continental generated sales of €44.4 billion and currently employs around 245,000 people in 60 countries and markets.
The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces integrated active and passive driving safety technologies as well as products that support vehicle dynamics. The product portfolio ranges from electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems to sensors, advanced driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and sensorics as well as electronic air suspension systems all the way to windscreen washer systems and headlight cleaning nozzles. The focus lies on a high level of system competence and the networking of individual components. Thus products and system functions are developed along the SensePlanAct chain of effects. They form the foundation for automated driving. Chassis & Safety employs more than 49,500 people worldwide and generated sales of approximately €9.6 billion in 2018.
e-mobil BW GmbH is the innovation agency and competence centre of the state of Baden-Württemberg for new mobility solutions and automotive. In a network with partners from industry, science and the public sector, it is shaping the change towards automated, networked and electric mobility in a sustainable energy system. Open to new technologies, e-mobil BW GmbH promotes the industrialization, market launch and application of sustainable, climate-friendly and locally emission-free mobility solutions. It is thus strengthening Baden-Württemberg as a business and science location.
Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH is a worldwide technology leader in the field of LiDAR sensors (acronym for Light Detection and Ranging), associated products, and software tools. The technology is applied in cars as safety assistance systems, or in the field of autonomous driving. It is Ibeo’s goal to reinvent mobility by enabling cars to become cooperative partners in the driving process, thus making transportation safer. Ibeo employs a total of over 300 people in Hamburg, Germany, and Eindhoven, Netherlands. Since 2016, the Zukunft Ventures GmbH, which is a 100-percent subsidiary of the German automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, holds a 40-percent share in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. In 2018, the company celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Nokia operates a centre for research and development of mobile radio networks of global importance in Ulm's Science Park on the Upper Eselsberg. The focus of its activities is on the latest 5G generation of technology. The approximately 750 employees from 40 nations usually have university degrees in engineering, computer science, mathematics or natural sciences. In the Nokia Demo Center in Ulm, customers can experience 5G technology live.
In addition, the location is involved in numerous publicly funded research projects and supports doctoral students at universities in Germany and abroad through an appropriate funding programme.
The integration of the location into a living and innovative ecosystem, as it can be found in the Ulm region, plays an important role for Nokia. Nokia operates its own 4G/5G mobile radio network for research and development projects in the greater Ulm area, which is optimized for time-critical applications and also uses fiber optic networks of the city of Ulm and the state of Baden-Württemberg.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) develops solutions in the automotive, industry 4.0, Internet of Things, communications & infrastructure, mobile & wearable, and cyber security industries. NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH employs around 1,200 permanent staff in Hamburg, Dresden, Munich and Stuttgart. The Automotive division, headquartered in Germany, covers all functions in Germany such as management, marketing, design and product development, test and production preparation. NXP is the world's largest semiconductor supplier for automotive chips (Strategy Analytics, April 2019). In Germany, a special focus is on secure driver assistance systems, infotainment, networking solutions for smarter vehicles and cybersecurity to protect vehicle data and communication systems against illegal attacks.