Land Systems

As in the fields of aviation and shipping, the land-systems research field is primarily concerned with the development of specific information and communications technology that supports the effective use or appropriate protection of mobile platforms on the roads, on the ground or on railways.

The Fraunhofer FKIE stands out when it comes to investigations with a high degree of real-world applicability and concepts for controlling self-driving systems. The integration of powerful sensors and intelligent algorithms enables land robots to carry out planned missions with a high degree of autonomy and even collaborate in networks, enabling them to support task forces with hazardous work, handle time-consuming routine tasks and transport loads. The Fraunhofer FKIE is one of the leading research institutions in Europe in this field and regularly achieves outstanding results in relevant performance benchmarks such as ELROB.

Another important area of work is user support in interaction with mobile systems and their functional components. In this research field, we develop, for instance, innovative operating concepts for commercial vehicles and integrate optical sensors into armored vehicles to improve visibility. The physiological and psychological aspects of a continuous workload or a stressful situation also have to be taken into account. In this context, the use of advanced technologies, such as virtual or augmented reality as part of the personal equipment of deployed forces, is another research area of key importance for military and civilian operational environments.

Land-based systems and their associated transport infrastructures must be protected against physical attacks. To this end, FKIE scientists are investigating the operation of hybrid sensor networks for hazard detection. In a military context, key applications are fire-detection and improvised explosive device suppression.


Experimental CBRNE robots

When tasks are too dangerous for humans, robots provide support. CBRNE reconnaissance is a prime example of such a task. Despite having the right equipment and extensive training, a danger to life and limb for the armed forces and emergency services can never be completely ruled out. Here is where robots equipped with CBRNE sensor technology and autonomous assistance functions can take over for humans.


Better visibility in protected vehicles

The Bundeswehr operates a wide range of complex land vehicles that place high demands on their drivers. The project »Vision support and driving assistance for protected vehicles (SiFaU)« explores concepts for ergonomically validated technical driving assistance and vision systems as well as remote control assistance and automation systems.


Automated driving in military platoons

An essential quality of partially and highly automated vehicles is that the driver and the automation cooperate closely and that the driver is always able to resume control in any automation level. The project »Highly automated platooning of ground vehicles (StrAsRob)« illustrates this concept.