Mobility Lab

Mobility Lab

Safe and autonomous systems through model-based engineering

Mobility Lab

Using driver assistance and autonomous driving functions as an example, the Mobility Lab shows how development time and costs can be reduced with model-based systems engineering (MbSE). The corresponding models, methods and open-source tools help developers manage the system complexity, and make it possible to efficiently design, validate and port these systems over to the target platform.

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The Mobility Lab demonstrates approaches to continuous quality assurance and validation.
fortiss Mobility Lab
Areas such as functional safety can be tested on the miniature vehicle fortissimo.

With the Mobility Lab, fortiss demonstrates how cyber-physical systems (CPS) can be developed on-time and in a cost-efficient manner, despite evolving requirements and distributed supply chains.

Using driver assistance systems and autonomous driving functions as an example, the Mobility Lab demonstrates complex system modeling and illustrates how this abstraction enables a significant increase in development efficiency through automation of the process steps. These activities focus on automatic processes for making design decisions at an early stage, so that system architectures can be optimally structured while taking into account complex requirements. The Mobility Lab furthermore demonstrates continuous quality assurance and validation approaches.

The approaches developed by fortiss include model-based methods for

  • deriving assurance cases (structured, evidenced-based arguments that serve to validate a system)
  • validating functional safety
  • synthesizing degradation and reconfiguration strategies for safety-critical driving functions, such as protection against hardware malfunctions
  • sizing and validating the hardware and software architectures
  • systematic management of product variability and reuse of development artifacts
  • product validation through simulation-based integration tests

The fortissimo miniature vehicles make it possible to become familiar with this approach by means of an easy-to-understand, yet realistic system and on the basis of open-source solutions developed by fortiss. One of these solutions is AutoFOCUS3, a model-based tool for safety-critical embedded systems. The software-based functions model created with AutoFOCUS3, as well as the vehicle computing architecture, serve as the starting point for demonstrating the optimization and analysis process. Using driver assistance functions such as lane assistant and cruise control, their effectiveness and efficiency are validated in a graphical simulation and via code generation by means of the miniature vehicles.  


Using a realistic end-to-end example, the Mobility Lab makes model-based CPS engineering tangible by means of an open-source stack, and in the process demonstrates how the abstraction can make system complexity manageable, from the early design phase to the finished system. In addition, by automating the development steps, companies can increase quality and efficiency while reducing costs.


  • Information
    The Mobility Lab enables companies to learn about all phases of model-based development of cyber-physical systems based on a realistic, complex and easy-to-understand use case from the field of assisted/autonomous driving.
  • Customized solutions
    The Mobility Lab represents an integrated and project-specific adaptable test bed for joint research projects on model-based engineering of cyber-physical systems, as well as a platform for customized training offers.
  • Network
    The Mobility Lab offers a unique platform for the transfer and collaboration of industry and science. It provides the basis for the development, implementation and validation of model-based systems engineering approaches that are applicable beyond the domain of mobility.
  • Qualification
    • Training offers for companies based on the Lab, cover the entire context and all development steps from requirements to the executable system. Since no prior knowledge is required, the offering is also particularly suitable for participants who have no or little experience with model-based systems engineering.
    • Within the scope of the qualification offers, participants are trained in model-based engineering of cyber-physical systems in theory and practice based on the development of driver assistance systems (e.g. lane departure warning) and autonomous driving functions (e.g. platooning).
  • Research
    The Mobility Lab provides a consistent and adaptable platform for research projects as well as dissertations and student theses in the field of model-based engineering of CPS. The focus is on analysis, synthesis and optimization of architectures as well as structured reuse and variant management.
  • Prototypes
    The open-source component-based Mobility Lab developed by fortiss (in particular the development tool AutoFOCUS3 as well as the fortissimo simulation environment) serves as a starting point for customized prototypes. These can be developed and validated in joint research projects.
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