Research Projects


Reference sensor platform for high-precision sensor validation for automated driving

Start: 07/2023

End: 06/2026

To overcome the challenges of automatic environmental perception in public road traffic, sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods are necessary. Currently, malfunctions of AI-driven functions are identified through multi-year analyses. Repeating development processes need efficient and reliable validation processes.

The RepliCar project aims to significantly advance the validation process with a novel reference sensor data platform, including a new type of reference radar. Based on the reference sensor technology, all partners are jointly developing new test bench concepts, methods, data pipelines, and simulation tools for a modular validation process for highly automated driving systems.

The FZI is working on the methodical and automated validation of machine perception, particularly concerning object recognition. Research is being conducted on how the principle of scenario-based testing can be concretized at the level of perception. To fulfill this purpose, the FZI is developing modular automated measurement processes of sensor data, contexts, and performance recordings to enable comprehensive statements between reference sensors and test objects. To generate the required sensor data, the FZI is also developing an antagonistic sensor demonstrator whose approaches contribute to the holistic “sensor-in-the-loop” concept.


Dr.-Ing. Stefan Schwab

Department Manager
Division: Embedded Systems and Sensors Engineering

Research Focus

Intelligent Transportation Systems and Logistics

Intelligent solutions for the transportation of people and goods represent a focus topic of FZI’s application research. Particular attention is paid to public transport, the application of artificial intelligence, the further development of driving functions and their safeguarding, and open source & open data.

Safety, Security and the Law

The FZI focuses in this research area on the topics of resilience for critical infrastructures, managing security, legal tech and (post-)quantum cryptography, and also deals with the mutual influence of Artificial Intelligence on safety and security.

The RepliCar project is funded by the German Federal Republic and the European Union. Funding provider is the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) based on a decision of the German Bundestag and the European Union.

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