With its future strategy BAYERN DIGITAL, the Bavarian government wants to transform the state into a pilot region for the digital age. Within the project "Connected Mobility - Vehicle Communication", Fraunhofer IIS is focusing on the development of innovative transmission concepts in cooperation with the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B), a coordination center for the state’s digitization programmes.
The goal of the project is to research and develop leading-edge technologies for the intelligent networking of vehicles, using both car-to-car and car-to-environment scenarios, to enable the implementation of intelligent traffic management systems and autonomous driving. The focus is on efficient mobility: less traffic congestion, increased safety and optimal information provisioning, anywhere and at any time, and thus a higher degree of comfort and streamlined mobility for all traffic participants.
The required underlying technology is based on transmission technologies that provide full-coverage, reliable broadband provisioning for the mobile user, plus intelligent antennas and broadband automotive networks. Fraunhofer IIS is working within the project to further expand the underlying technology through innovative data transmission technologies with the aim of closing the existing gaps in the transmission chain. The research activities are focused on improving communication between the various data sources and processing platforms. The following key issues are being addressed:
- Hybrid network technologies: merging of different wireless technologies and standards to what the user perceives as a transparent communication channel
- Broadband provisioning for the mobile user: enhancement of communication standards and technologies in order to address the growing demand for mobile data
- Broadband automotive E/E system concepts: high-speed connectivity for fast and efficient distribution of data in the vehicle
- New services and applications: development of initial prototypes for testing and optimization of the new technologies
The new technologies will enable the automobile industry, infrastructure operators and service/application providers to design vehicles and traffic concepts for the future.