Intelligence for efficiently electrified and automated driving through sensor networking

Intelligence for efficiently electrified and automated driving through sensor networking

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Automated driving functions for highway and parking scenarios are already available in series production and have reached an advanced status in research for higher automation level. In these scenarios the available vehicle sensors can perceive the environment sufficiently for the driving function. In urban scenarios, especially at intersections, the currently used vehicle sensors can only perceive the required information of the traffic environment, e.g. due to occlusions, insufficiently. The infrastructure-side sensors can also evaluate only estimates for traffic condition at a few selected locations today. An intelligent networking of all sensors in the area of an urban intersection, including moving objects and road users, provides the conditions for the implementation of automated driving functions and customized intelligent traffic control systems with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and road safety. Thereby the emissions and the total energy demand of traffic can be significantly reduced and moreover the range of electrified vehicles will be significantly increased.

i2ease objectives

The I2EASE project has the overall goal of developing and validating electronic systems for electric vehicles, which enable automated driving functions and efficient traffic management to increase energy efficiency and traffic safety of electric vehicles in urban traffic. This objective is achieved by the informational networking between charging stations, street lighting and electric vehicles as well as networked intelligent sensor technology, which expands the perception horizon of an electrified vehicle and infrastructure-side traffic control.

Research Approach

In the upcoming three years, the project partners will concentrate on linking the sensors at traffic lights, street lighting, charging stations and mobile sensors of vehicles and pedestrians altogether intelligently. The networking enables an at most complete description of the traffic environment in real-time. Various users can access this description and depict it in their preferred perspective in order to increase energy efficiency and traffic safety. Concepts for an efficient integration of charging station infrastructure at the lighting infrastructure are a part of I2EASE as well. Finally, public acceptance of the system is also investigated in the project.

i2ease research approach


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Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
of RWTH Aachen University

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The Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University is Europe’s leading institute in automotive engineering and directed by Professor Lutz Eckstein. Starting from the idea to innovative concepts for components and systems up to vehicle prototypes the staff of the institute creates and design the future vehicle. In cooperation with car manufacturers and suppliers the ika is making an acknowledged contribution to help solve current and future global challenges.

Institute of Automatic Control
at RWTH Aachen University

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The Institute of Automatic Control at RWTH Aachen University is specializing in research on modeling and control of complex technical systems. Main focus areas include model predictive control, robust control and networked control systems.
Besides acknowledged methodical contributions the institute emphasizes application oriented research. The six divisions „Automotive“, „Industry“, „Combustion“, „Energy“, „Galileo“ and „Medical“ represent its major areas of application.
The division „Automotive“ is dedicated to the development of innovative control strategies for vehicles and vehicle components. Current applications include intelligent energy management strategies for hybrid vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. By establishing two test areas for the Galileo global navigation satellite system, the IRT has gained extensive experience in the field of satellite positioning and navigation.

Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems (ICE)

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The Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems (ICE) is jointly directed by Prof. Gerd Ascheid (Chair for Integrated Signal Processing Systems, ISS) and Prof. Rainer Leupers (Chair for Software for Systems on Silicon, SSS), who collaborate closely in research and complement each other with their expertise.

ICE's mission is to contribute to the advancement of Embedded Systems Design with particular focus on the challenges of emerging communication structures.
In allingment with the objectives of CERM, ICE conducts research in the domain of machine-to-machine communication (M2M), sensor networks, and vehicular communication (V2X). The institute is structured into three tightly connected research groups (algorithms, architectures, and tools), thereby having the critical mass to cover all major aspects of system design.

The key research areas at ICE are:

  • Algorithmic and architectural concepts for cutting-edge sensor applications
  • Transmission schemes and receiver algorithms for wireless digital communication systems
  • Hardware and chip architectures for embedded systems, in particular multiprocessor systems-on-chip (MPSoC)
  • Electronic system-level (ESL) design tools for complex integrated circuits and systems

To provide relevant solutions for the modern information society, the developed algorithms must be feasable within the constraints of current and future signal processing systems. This is especially challenging when targeting battery-powered devices. Accordingly, the aforementioned research aspects are tightly related and induce advancements in each individual domain.

Major requirements are:

  • High amount of flexibility, to enable multi-standard systems and short product development cycles
  • Extremely complex signal processing, to achieve best possible quality of service with least possible resource utilization
  • Lowest power consumption for maximum battery operating time, heat reduction, and energy savings

These challenges demand for optimally tailored hardware architectures, such as processors with application specific instruction sets (ASIP, Application Specific Instruction Set Processors), as well as efficient design tools helping to manage the complexity and producing a high quality of result.

Human-Computer Interaction Center
at RWTH Aachen University

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The Human-Computer Interaction Center at RWTH Aachen University is an interdisciplinary research institute located at the newly established RWTH Campus Melaten and is a derivation of the excellence initiative. The four faculties that form the HCI Center are the Chair for Media Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction, the Chair for Text Linguistics and Technical Communication, the Chair for Computer-Aided Architectural Design and the Chair for Communication Science. The research at the HCI Center focuses on usability, design, development, evaluation of new user interfaces, as well as determination of factors that predict user acceptance of technologies. Guided by industrial demands, research guidelines, and scientific methods the research at HCI Center leads to balanced results out of several disciplines with respect to application and real world demands.

ebee smart technologies GmbH


ebee smart technologies GmbH – the technology supplier for the energy- and automotive industry

Ebee develops charging infrastructure for the public and semi public space. The system is consistently tailored for the actual needs and enables a business model for the charge point operators. Our technology is based on standards which makes our system compatible to all electric vehicles and all backend systems of an operator.

The ebee charge spot is installed without major effort on street lights or other existing city furniture. We enable the extension of a large charging infrastructure in different areas based on our flexible and cost-efficient solution. The integrated charge controller makes our charge spots intelligent and additionally provides various smart-city functionalities.

Our goal is to create a sustainable business model for every charge point operator.


OSRAM, with headquarters in Munich, is a leading global lighting manufacturer with a more than 100-year history. Its portfolio ranges from high-tech applications based on semiconductor-based technologies, such as infrared or laser, to networked intelligent lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM employs around 33,000 people worldwide by the end of fiscal 2015 (September 30) and achieved revenues of just under EUR 5.6 billion in this fiscal year. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich.



ICE stands for ICT and Energy efficiency in one. Our solution saves highest in energy and cash available for operations and investments. We turn streetlights into LED and ensure a secure, cost efficient and multi-service infrastructure for outdoor lighting, traffic, parking, logistic, real time marketing, security and more. Our retrofit solution does not affect the city architecture. Alternatively we also offer new LED lights or take any design at customer choice. Conversion to ICE LED does not only save you operating costs up to 80%, but also allows you to take benefit from completely new opportunities and value-added-services integrated in our connected digital infrastructure day and night and without any new installations.

  • ICE LED light systems
  • Lighting management portals & smartphone Apps
  • IoT sensors on demand
  • Traffic management portals and emission portals
  • Traffic counting and traffic flow based on Bluetooth and anonymous ultrasonic sensors
  • Parking detection and allocation
  • Tourism and real time marketing solutions via Wi-Fi, video & audio streaming
  • City Marketing- and iBeacons based promotions
  • Logistic solutions




The German company MAT.TRAFFIC creates and develops concepts, procedures, research prototypes and products in the area of road traffic and data networks. The focus of activities lies on local and global traffic state estimation, traffic quality management and road-side applications for co-operative systems. In the context of several research projects MAT.TRAFFIC has realised various co-operative services and assembled thorough theoretical, technical and system integration expertise about co-operative systems.

The main goal of MAT.TRAFFIC within I2EASE is the conceptualization, realisation and evaluation of a co-operative local traffic light control which takes into account the special demands that come with automated driving.




Julian Bock M.Sc.
Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (ika)
+49 241 80 26533
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Project duration

01/2016 – 12/2018

Project partner

IRT, HCIC, ICE, OSRAM, MAT.Traffic, Ebee smart technologies, ICE Gateway


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