Mobility Lab

Mobility Lab

Safe and autonomous systems through model-based systems 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 manage the complexity of the systems, and make it possible to efficiently design, validate and port them to the target platform in the vehicle.

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Demonstration of quality assurance and validation
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Miniature vehicle fortissimo

The fortiss Mobility Lab shows how complex systems can be developed cost-efficiently and on schedule despite constantly new requirements, distributed supply chains, numerous functions and a high degree of variability.

Using autonomous driving functions, the Mobility Lab demonstrates how model-based engineering can significantly increase development efficiency through the abstraction and automation of the process steps. The focus of these activities includes:

  • automatic processes that enable earlier decisions, which can then be used to layout and further develop systems architectures by taking into account complex requirements
  • approaches for the automated testing of complex system functions, the safety of which can be continuously safeguarded in light of new and upgraded components and requirements
  • methods for efficiently managing variability, thus making it possible to model and automatically generate low-redundancy variants by taking in account all dependencies

The Mobility Lab uses miniature vehicles and a test route to allow developers to become familiar with the fortiss approach to systems engineering by means of a near-real system and open-source solutions from fortiss. A traffic congestion pilot is utilized to visually convey the methods, demonstrate their effectiveness and validate them in a simulation environment, as well as in vehicles equipped with the necessary sensors, actuators and processing power.


Using a realistic end-to-end example, the Mobility Lab makes model-based systems engineering tangible by means of an open-source technology stack, and in the process demonstrates how the abstraction can make system complexity manageable, from the early design phase to the finished system, through the use of models and automation of the development steps. This allows companies to respond to new requirements in a flexible manner and increase quality and efficiency while reducing costs.

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  • 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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