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Hannover Messe 2021: New roadmap for electronics innovations in automotive engineering

Microelectronics and software are increasingly important for innovation in the automotive sector. In order to better take those components into account when planning new vehicles, automotive groups, suppliers and IT companies need to cooperate more closely. This is the focus of a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Researchers from Kaiserslautern are also involved and receive around two million euros from the BMBF. They will present the project at the digital Hannover Messe from 12 to 16 April at the Rhineland-Palatinate research and innovation stand.

The on-board assistant reads out a new e-mail to the driver, then schedules an appointment via the hands-free system, and the parking assistant takes care of parking in a narrow parking space in the multi-storey car park. More and more microelectronics and software are being found in cars. This trend is likely to continue in the future, especially when it comes to autonomous driving or services designed to increase passenger comfort.

In order to integrate innovations in microelectronic and software components earlier and in a more targeted manner into the development of new vehicles in the future, all those involved will need to cooperate much more closely than in the past. It is also important to apply these technologies simultaneously. To achieve this, fundamentally new organisational and information technology structures are needed, a so-called "Automotive Microelectronics Roadmap". This is the aim of the "GENIAL!" research project. The abbreviation stands for "Common Electronics Roadmap for Innovations in the Automotive Value Chain".

"Microelectronic systems, sensors and semiconductor technologies have to be considered in the planning phase," says Professor Dr Christoph Grimm from the Chair for Development of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK). "That's why we need new methods and techniques so that car manufacturers can inform suppliers about requirements for future functions in good time."

Professor Grimm and his team are working on a software database that will be available online to all project partners. It will use artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate development.

"The program will assist in development, and provide analysis and advice," says doctoral student Johannes Kölsch. "For example, electronic components that do not even exist at the time of planning can also be taken into account."

The researchers are employing a method that can establish logical links between different processes (Semantic Systems). They are also developing a software that provides recommendations (recommending systems) during the planning phase, similar to an online shop that shows customers all similar products or what other customers have bought. In addition, they are working on a method that keeps feasibility in mind, for example, by considering energy consumption and temperature ranges (constraint propagation).

For TUK, in addition to the team around Grimm, the working group from the Department of Virtual Product Development of Professor Dr Jens Christian Göbel is involved. The BMBF is funding the work carried out at TUK with approximately two million euros for five years. In total, the project has a value of 20 million euros, involving a consortium of research institutions, automotive groups and suppliers as well as technology companies.

The researchers will present the project at the Hannover Messe.

Questions can be directed to:
Professor Dr. Christoph Grimm
Design of Cyber-Physical Systems
E-Mail: grimm@cs.uni-kl.de
Phone: 0631 205-3283

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Klaus Dosch, Department of Technology and Innovation, is organizing the presentation of the researchers of the TU Kaiserslautern at the digital fair. He is the contact partner for companies and, among other things, establishes contacts to science.
Contact: Klaus Dosch, Email: dosch[at]rti.uni-kl.de, Phone: +49 631 205-3001

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