07.12.2018

Innovation Award of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion: Project “EVA-Shuttle” Wins NEO2018 for Testing Autonomous Shuttle Services

Project “EVA-Shuttle” elected as most innovative, tried-and-tested idea for future quarters 2018 / Local Public Transport Services (ÖPNV) research project tests on the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg / Equipping and testing autonomous buses for the Karlsruhe ÖPNV

Winner of NEO2018: Ascan Egerer, Dr. Alexander Pischon (both VBK) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Marius Zöllner (FZI) (from left to right) Image source: TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH

Karlsruhe, 07.12.2018 – On 6 December 2018, the research project “Elektrische, vernetzte und autonom fahrende Elektro-Mini-Busse im ÖPNV“ (electrical, networked and autonomously driving electric mini buses in ÖPNV, shortly: EVA-Shuttle) was awarded by the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion with NEO2018. At the hall “Akademiebühne Baden- Baden”, Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Marius Zöllner, member of the Executive Board of Directors of the FZI, Dr. Alexander Pischon, commercial director of the Karlsruhe transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe and Ascan Egerer, technical director of the Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe received the prize on behalf of the project consortium for the most innovative idea for future quarters in 2018. The project asserted itself against three competitors during the finals.

The aim of project “EVA-Shuttle” is to develop networked and autonomously driving mini buses for the last mile from the bus station to the house. The project consortium including the FZI Research Center for Information Technology tests a new offer in local public transport services in order to provide users with more possibilities and comfort in the future. The aim of the research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is to develop an ÖPNV mobility concept which should be tested through a system-wide fleet testing under real life conditions on the Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg (TAF BW).

The test area provides the partners with optimal test conditions to test the bus shuttles. Member of the Executive Board of Directors of the FZI, Prof. Dr.-Ing. J. Marius Zöllner explains: “The Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg provides with its intelligent infrastructure an ideal platform for testing: Data from the test area can be used on the one hand for the evaluation of the developed components and on the other hand for the extension of the regional horizon of perception of the buses.” The FZI coordinates the project, integrates and tests highly automated driving functions for the real-life mixed traffic. The aim of the project is to gain knowledge for the development of highly automated driving functions for a safe, comfortable and robust operation through an intensive testing in the urban, densely populated area.

 “The EVA-Shuttles will significantly develop the ÖPNV in Karlsruhe and the region further – towards a needs-based and suitable means of transportation. We have to provide this individuality in order to persuade more and more people to switch from using cars to using local public transport services and thus ultimately make a decisive contribution to a cleaner and liveable world,” says Dr. Alexander Pischon, commercial director of the Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe.

 “It is important to accompany the development of automated driving systems in all phases of their life-cycle and to create systems which are safe for humans and the environment,” says Dr. Houssem Abdellatif of TÜV SÜD, a technical service corporation catering to the industry, mobility and certification segments. Abdellatif manages the division Highly Automated Driving. The TÜV SÜD HAD team develops the safety concept in the project EVA-Shuttle, defines the requirements for the safety programme and accompanies the approval process for the public road.

“The close cooperation between automated vehicles and the ÖPNV is from Bosch’s perspective a key to the efficient management of increasing mobility requirements, both in the cities and their urban fringe districts. In the project it is specifically researched on automated driving functions, for example: driving along fixed, predetermined routes or the use of support possibilities of intelligent infrastructures. This can simplify the market launch of automated vehicles,” states Dr. Thomas Schamm who works in the department Central Research and Advanced Development at Bosch. Bosch contributes to the project the system for environment perception and vehicle control for highly and fully automated vehicles. The further development of driving functions contributes to the fact that future transport tasks can also be presented driverless in mixed traffic with restrictions.

The project “Elektrische, vernetzte und autonom fahrende Elektro-Mini-Busse im ÖPNV“ is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVi) with EUR 2,32 million and a duration of 27 months. Besides the FZI Research Center for Information Technology as the consortium leader, Robert Bosch GmbH, Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH, TÜV SÜD Auto Services GmbH and Deutsche Bahn AG are also working on the development of the transport concept for the ÖPNV. Associated partners of the project are INIT GmbH, the City of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Transportation Authority/ Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology, with its head office in Karlsruhe and a branch office in Berlin, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research.

Further information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en

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