Fraunhofer IVI

Brief Profile

The Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI employs over 90 researchers in four departments. The institute cooperates closely with the universities TU Dresden and TU Bergakademie Freiberg. In close collaboration with clients and partners as well as policy makers and funding agencies, visions have been designed and solutions presented.

The institute's research focus lies on well-established topics from vehicle and propulsion technologies, as well as on new challenges in the context of automated and connected driving. Technologies for the improvement of civil security are also becoming increasingly important. In order to respond to the rising demand of accident data collection and analysis, the research group »Vehicle and Road Safety« has been established.

The Fraunhofer IVI’s facilities and large equipment include

  • stationary high-performance test stands for batteries and engines
  • diverse laboratory facilities
  • innovative test platforms and vehicles
  • stationary and portable measurement technology as well as
  • modern IT structures

The institute’s research infrastructure was enhanced by a new technical center especially for the areas of vehicle and propulsion technologies: the vehicle hall with crane system includes a work platform for buses and electric vehicles.

An adjoining test track provides sufficient space for

  • test drives
  • test of new propulsion technologies
  • tests of positioning and sensor systems as well as
  • public presentations

Research Highlights


Fast-charging electric bus EDDA

Steadily rising gas prices, an increasing desire for detachment from the turmoil on international raw materials markets and the obligation to save both the local environment and the global climate: these are the main reasons for communities, public transport providers and transport associations to develop new concepts for the operation of electric buses.


Autonomous living in floating homes

Floating homes are becoming increasingly popular in Germany – not only as holiday homes, but also as permanent residences. In the coming years, this way of life of living on water can help boost the attractiveness and economy of less appealing regions, such as the former coal-mining region Lausitz in Saxony.


AutoTram® Extra Grand

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.


Mobility support in emergency and disaster situations – MobiKat

In the field of emergency response, complex strategic and operative-tactical decisions have to be made constantly. This applies for large-scale disasters as well as for large events and the daily operation. To support these processes effectively, the Fraunhofer IVI has developed the MobiKat technology in collaboration with experts and responders from fire departments, emergency services and police.


Intelligent transport systems / synchronized mobility / connected driving

In the animal kingdom, the swarm behavior of birds, fish or gregarious animals shows how a multitude of individuals can move effectively and fluently in a very confined space. The intelligent transport systems of the future will take this kind of behavior as a reference point. The Fraunhofer IVI drives these developments in several research projects.


Navigation and mobile ticketing in public transport

Being able to find one’s way within the transport network of big cities, to individually choose the means of transport and to be guided to one’s destination reliably and independent from  vehicle changes and interruptions – that is the concept of the public transport navigation system developed by the Fraunhofer IVI