Competent Control - competence center for vehicle control and safety systems

  • Funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and Art
  • Period: 01.07.2011-31.12.2013
  • Amount of funding: €  350,000


The competence center for vehicle control and safety systems (Competent Control) forms part of the "Automotive" section of the Center for Scientific Services (ZeWiS)


The core aim of Competent Control is to establish a competence center for applied research and development in the area of innovative vehicle and control and safety systems. It is to provide a point of contact for regional and national companies in the automotive industry, taking on contract research and engaging in collaborative research projects so as to contribute to the efforts of ZeWiS to attract external funding within the automotive sector on a lasting basis. The start-up funding for the initial project phase of the competence center (01.07.2011–31.12.2013) is € 350,000.

The project Competence Control has two main focus areas: The first focus area is to provide scientific support for industrial companies in the development of anticipatory vehicle safety systems. The second focus area of planned activities is to develop and test methods which allow fully automated implementation of driving tests and vehicle safety tests. Further details are available here.


The projects presented below are in part publicly funded and address the focus areas.




Involvement in the research area "INVI" - Intelligent traffic safety and information systems"


  • Funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and Art
  • Period: 04/2010–03/2013
  • Total funding: € 400,000

There are a total of six working groups of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences involved in the "INVI" research focus area (Intelligent traffic safety and information systems). The project is funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research and Art for a period of 3 years (01.04.2010 to 31.03.2013) with a sum € 400,000.

The Competent Control working group is involved in basic research in the field of vehicle track guidance. The aim is to develop and test control algorithms for vehicle guidance in safety-critical situations based on high-precision position capture by means of satellite and radio-based sensor systems. Validation of the control algorithms is carried out both by simulation using mathematical vehicle and vehicle environment models as well as in practice using the group's own research vehicle.



CONSTANT – Controlled Standardised Test Scenarios


  • Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Period: 10/2011-09/2014
  • Amount of funding: € 259,755


Group photo during the kick off meeting





It was possible to gain the support of leading industrial companies and a research institute for collaboration on the project "Controlled Standardised Test Scenarios" (CONSTANT) based on the expertise established as part of INVI research in the area of automated vehicle track guidance. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a sum of € 260,000 for the period 01.10.2011 to 30.09.2014. The following are involved in this project in addition to Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences: GeneSys Elektronik GmbH (Offenburg), an internationally established manufacturer of measuring technology,  Continental Safety Engineering International GmbH (Alzenau), one of Europe's biggest independent developers of vehicle safety technology, and the Department of Vehicle and Transportation System Technology of the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (Dresden).


The aim of this research project is to develop and manage testing procedures and facilities for the reproducible and standardised testing of modern vehicle safety systems. Emphasis is on the following points: Firstly, the project sets out to develop a computer-supported vehicle guidance system which permits automatic longitudinal and transverse guidance of test vehicles (see picture sequence showing automated avoidance manoeuvre of a vehicle approaching a stationary obstacle). Secondly, the idea is to create a computer-supported system for the selective guidance of vehicle and pedestrian dummies.  The combination of the two systems will enable a diverse range of use and misuse tests to be performed and thereby objectively assess vehicle safety systems. Another aim of the research project is to guarantee the functional effectiveness of the vehicle guidance system in limited GPS conditions, for example on wooded test routes.




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Development of a lateral vehicle guidance system

Research cooperation with Continental Safety Engineering International GmbH

Period: 03/2010-12/2011


Carried out in collaboration with Continental Safety Engineering International GmbH, this project developed a lateral vehicle guidance system for testing purposes. Testing of active vehicle safety systems places extreme demands in terms of the precision and reproducibility of the test manoeuvres to be performed, which even an experienced test driver is not able to meet. This suggests that it is better to relieve the driver and perform manoeuvres on a partially automated basis using a computer-supported track guidance system. As a result, the only thing test drivers are responsible for is longitudinal vehicle guidance - i.e. they are simply required to perform the specified manoeuvres according to a defined speed profile. The sequence of pictures shows the test course and the result of a test drive carried out at 50 km/h. As can be observed, the computer-supported steering system guides the vehicle narrowly past the obstacle. Repeat measurements showed that this vehicle guidance system achieves a level of reproducibility which goes far beyond the capacity of a human test driver. The test vehicle used was provided by ZENTEC GmbH.







Since the successful conclusion of the project, the system has already been used by cooperation partner CSEI for pre-series and series development of vehicle environment sensors and safety systems.


Further details of the project are available in "Lateral vehicle guidance for the reproducible testing of safety systems" in the journal "at – Automatisierungstechnik", published by Oldenbourg Verlag, issue 02/2012.








Assessment of lateral vehicle state as a basis for innovative vehicle safety systems

  •   Period: 05/2010-11/2011


Current research and development projects examine vehicle safety systems capable of detecting safety-critical traffic situations by interpreting the environmental sensors available. The aim is to generate measures to avoid accidents. These will range from visual warnings through to autonomous intervention in the brake system. Above and beyond this, future vehicle safety systems are also to be able to perform complex avoidance manoeuvres. For example if an accident is imminent, an avoidance trajectory is to be generated in real time which the vehicle follows by means of an integrated steering control system.