Functions implemented by information and communication technologies (ICT) are already essential to the competitiveness of the German automotive industry. Its most notable effects are to improve driving performance and comfort, and to enhance both passive and active safety. For historical reasons, the conventional ICT architecture is highly complex. For that reason, it is more and more becoming an impediment to innovation, instead of an innovation driver.
The main research goal of fortiss is therefore to analyze how the ICT architecture can be changed to exploit its full functionality and to make new functions such as autonomous driving possible. Further topics are improvement of development processes and provision of adequate development tools, especially with focus on the standard ISO 26262.
In the area of automotive functions, fortiss is developing advanced driver assistance systems and data fusion techniques with the final goal of autonomous driving. Another focus is on service platforms for networked cars in the cloud.