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In our networked world, we need to rethink mobility in order to design innovative and multimodal concepts.
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Car manufacturers want to use Lidar systems to drive semi-autonomous and autonomous driving forward. The basis for this is 3D object recognition using Lidar technology.

In our networked world, society and the economy depend more on sustainable mobility solutions. In fact, there is hardly any other topic in which ecological, economic, and social aspects play such a central role - the diverging requirements will radically change the mobility of the future.

Networking all stakeholders

The fundamental prerequisite for a successful transport transition is social acceptance and close cooperation between industry, science, and politics. Companies, local authorities, and transport service providers must rethink mobility in order to develop innovative and multimodal concepts. In particular, alternative drive systems for emission-free driving, the automation of driving functions, the rapidly expanding digitalization of the mobility sector, and the associated networking of all players require new technologies and intelligent system solutions.


Innovations for tomorrow's mobility

With their research and development for connected, safe, and automated mobility, the institutes cooperating in the FMD create a head start through needs-based mobility offers as well as sustainable and user-centered mobility concepts in the following areas:

  • Alternative drive types
  • Communication and networks
  • Sensor technologies
  • Vehicle electronics

The aim is to realize innovations for the mobility of tomorrow quickly, comprehensively, and sustainably along the entire value chain and, above all, to meet the environmental challenges.



Alternative drive systems

Sustainable mobility, reducing emissions in transportation by at least 40 percent by 2030, primarily requires alternative drive systems. In addition to natural gas (CNG, LNG, LPG) or hydrogen, electric drives, in particular, enable the environmentally friendly use of commercial vehicles.


Sensor technologies

Smart solutions for vehicle environment detection and distance measurement systems pave the way for safe traffic and form the basis for autonomous driving. An autonomously driving car can only move safely in traffic if it correctly and accurately detects its current environment with multiple 360° near and far-range sensors. This is achieved exclusively with the information from the vehicle's sensors.


Communication and networks

Information and communication technology (ICT) is also at the heart of current and future technology trends for connected and automated mobility. It is no longer just about driving - connected people need a connected car and interaction with it.


Vehicle electronics

Electronic systems in vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated, complex, and smaller. Vehicle electronics are the key component for controlling the flow of electrical energy in the vehicle.

Project examples and background information



Integrated power electronics for modular distributed electric drives. The Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) is the most important semiconductor power component for applications in the medium power range for voltages > 400 V.


Depth resolution of just a few millimeters

3D camera

In the field of optical MEMS, Fraunhofer ISIT has developed a 3D camera with a depth resolution of a few millimeters based on 2D MEMS scanners.


Joint project


The highly integrated electronic system combines the advantages of optical monitoring with radar measurement technology in one system. The camera radar module developed by Fraunhofer IZM registers changes in road traffic significantly faster and has a response time of less than ten milliseconds.


Antenna measurement chamber for complex radar systems

Modern driver assistance systems require a large number of sensors in order to increase safety on the one hand and comfort on the other. Radar sensors with a good spatial resolution are essential for the safety of autonomous vehicles. A high spatial resolution is achieved by using a large number of antennas.



Solutions for automotive sector and industrial applications


Completion and results of the "Wide-Angle-LiDAR" project

Completion and results of the proof-of-concept project "high-resolution wide-angle lidar system" by OQmented with Leibniz FBH, Fraunhofer IMS and Fraunhofer ISIT; resulting from the FMD Space for start-ups and founders.

Expert interview on vehicle environment detection

Whether in traffic, robotics, or industry: smart solutions for environment detection systems are in demand. The Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) makes a significant contribution to the further development of technologies, thus increasing the safety of road users or players in the industrial environment.


Interview May 2020

Further, more precise, smaller

In our expert interview, Christoph Galle explains FMD's expertise in the field of vehicle environment detection, current projects, technological trends, and the support available to those interested in projects through FMD.


Interview June 2018

The last word "Microelectronics News"

In the last word of "Microelectronics News", Christoph Galle talks about the special way FMD works, LiDAR, future goals and more.

LiDAR – Solutions for Automotive and Industrial Applications

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