Research for the mobility of the future

Mobility is the initiator for economic and societal developments and is thus in the focus of international research activities. The FZI focuses on making vehicles drive autonomously, safer and environment-friendly. We develop algorithms and sensing technologies for conventional and electric vehicles, but we are also concerned with questions regarding entirely new transport systems. This includes infrastructure solutions, ICT-based networking concepts as well as business models. With all this, we create the basis for an efficient and sustainable mobility system.

The mobility offer of the future consists of a chain of interrelated measures. Several popular and new transportation means like e-bikes or the transportation platform CityPod developed at the FZI are to be linked continuously with utilisation concepts (e.g. CarSharing) in order to provide transportation for its corresponding application purpose and thereby to take into account the requirements of sustainable mobility. By considering ICT-related aspects, there are three interrelated strategies coming up for future developments concerning mobility:

  1. The first strategy proposes the further development of vehicles in order to make them drive autonomously through the application of driver assistance systems. The challenge related to this goal is to design the algorithms, sensor technologies, hardware and software components needed and thus to develop simulation and test methods.
  2. The second strategy aims at an increased electrification of the powertrain. Here it is important to research an ideal on-board energy management system as well as to implement vehicles into the electricity grid.
  3. The third strategy proposes flexibility of mobility through various means of transportation and various travel chain concepts. Thus, information and communication technologies (ICT) become even more important for future traffic systems than they already are today through solutions for the improvement of vehicles.

Research Focuses

Electric Mobility

In the research focus Electric Mobility, the FZI researches, develops and evaluates concepts and functions of mobility in the field of electrically driven vehicles. These include methods for range optimisation, future concepts of interconnected mobility as well as for the implementation of future electric mobility concepts into the traffic and energy infrastructure.

Safe and Intelligent Vehicles

In the research focus Safe and Intelligent Vehicles, the FZI researches, develops and evaluates concepts and functions of intelligent vehicles and their functional safety. These also include autonomous driving functions in urban and interurban areas with the instrumented test car CoCar.

Embedded Systems and Embedded Security

In the research focus Embedded Systems and Embedded Security, the FZI researches, develops and evaluates tools for the modelling and evaluation of electrical/electronic (E/E) architectures. Additionally, the FZI researches how to handle and evaluate modelling and analysis methods for functional safety at early stages of the development life cycle.

For further information on research focuses in the field of mobility, please visit our subpage Research Focuses.


Dipl.-Inform. Ralf Kohlhaas

Department Manager



Ralf Kohlhaas studierte von 2003 bis 2009 Informatik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Seine Schwerpunkte liegen in den Gebieten Kognitive Systeme und Robotik.

Seine Diplomarbeit mit dem Titel „Informationsfusion mit dynamischen Bayes’schen Netzen zur Zustandsschätzung von Verkehrsteilnehmern“ legte er am Lehrstuhl Industrielle Anwendungen der Informatik und Mikrosystemtechnik (IAIM) des KIT ab.

Seit April 2010 arbeitet er als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in der Abteilung Technisch Kognitive Assistenzsysteme (TKS). Er ist im Bereich des automatisierten sowie des energieeffizienten Fahrens tätig. 2016 übernahm er die Abteilungsleitung TKS.



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