Research Projects


Simulation-based development and testing of level 4 and 5 systems

Start: 03/2019

End: 10/2022

Automated, connected vehicles offer great potential for reducing the number of accidents and increasing occupant protection. At the same time, intelligent driving strategies can make optimum use of the traffic infrastructure and thus increase efficiency in road traffic. For urban areas, this applies in particular to automated vehicles of SAE levels 4 and 5 (fully automated driving and autonomous driving). Without valid test procedures, however, these cannot be deployed – even if their development has reached everyday suitability.

SetLevel4to5 therefore aims to advance the simulation-based development and testing of these vehicles in order to create a basis for verification and validation as well as subsequent release and approval. This will accelerate the overall development process in a cost-effective manner and secure the technological leadership of German companies.

One target of the FZI in the project is on scenario description and definition for simulative validation with a focus on an exchangeable standardized scenario format. In addition, realistic sensor models for radars as well as driver models for involved road users are being developed. Moreover, the FZI provides the automated driving function, which is used in the project as a system under test.


Stefan Otten

Division 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.

Funding notice:
The SetLevel4to5 project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

Project partners:

17 national partners from the fields of research, science and industry as well as renowned German automotive manufacturers

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