Mobility and Transportation – Automotive Technology

Economical, quiet, environmentally friendly, safe and comfortable – this is how automotive travel should be in the future. Fraunhofer scientists are researching ways to make this a reality, for instance by looking into sustainable drive concepts and intelligent lightweight technologies as a way to decrease fuel consumption. Finding ways to improve resource and energy efficiency also plays an important role in new vehicle production technologies.

Mobilität und Transport

Projects

Connected Mobility – Vehicle Communication

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.

Crash test under X-ray

For the first time, the internal structures of a vehicle are rendered visible during crash thanks to the newly installed technology for X-ray car crash (X-CC) at the Crash Center of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

AutoTram® Extra Grand

The AutoTram® Extra Grand demonstrates a future-oriented technology for public transport. As an intermediate public transport vehicle, it combines features of conventional buses (e.g. high flexibility, low infrastructure costs and moderate life cycle costs) with the advantages of trams like high transport capacity, driving comfort and the possibility of partial emission-free operation.

Electromobility – Driving Electric

Wheel hub motors make it possible to cut costs and energy consumption in electric vehicles by eleminating components oft he classic mechanical drive line.
© Thomas Ernsting

Wheel hub motors make it possible to cut costs and energy consumption in electric vehicles by eleminating components oft he classic mechanical drive line.

Electromobility is one of the keys to achieving sustainable mobility for the future. The first electric vehicles have been available on the market for years now. But high purchase prices and short ranges still keep many drivers from deciding in favor of an electric-powered vehicle. Fraunhofer researchers are currently working together with industry on new solutions for innovative batteries, cable-free charging and cost-efficient drive systems. These components are to help improve the performance of future generations of the electric automobile.

Video: Diamond-like coatings save fuel

Coating engine components with hard carbon reduces friction to almost zero – a development that could save billions of liters of fuel worldwide every year. Now researchers have developed a new laser method to apply the coating on the production line.

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