EASY ApiOmat GmbH
Leipzig-based EASY ApiOmat GmbH - part of EASY SOFTWARE AG since 2019 - develops and distributes EASY ApiOmat with a team of 65 employees. The software architecture can be used to quickly test out digital ideas - independent of frontend (web, app, Alexa, AI, etc.) and service provider. In the ABSOLUT project, new services (e.g. shopping, entertainment, additional functionalities) are to be developed and tested for customers to use while driving with the aim of designing a thoroughly positive customer experience and increasing user acceptance.
BitCtrl Systems GmbH
BitCtrl Systems GmbH is a Leipzig-based software and system house with a focus on servers and systems for dynamic passenger information in buses and trams, traffic control centers and traffic control sub-centers. The company’s role in ABSOLUT embraces programming, networking and implementation of the control center and the communication between control center and vehicle.
BMW Group Plant Leipzig is one of the most sustainable, cutting-edge car plants in the world and has been manufacturing vehicles and components since March 2005. As a partner and beneficiary of the project, the BMW Group is making parts of the plant premises available for field tests, parking and charging. In addition, employees at the plant are a major target group for the new offering.
DB Schenker is the world’s leading global logistics provider, and supports industry and trade in the global exchange of goods through land transport, worldwide air and ocean freight, contract logistics and supply chain management. As a user partner in the project, DB Schenker is not only a source of advice and experience gained from earlier tests with an automated vehicle. Thanks to its location on the test route, its employees are at the same time potential customers for the mobility offers under development.
FSD – Central Agency for Technical Inspection
FSD develops test methods that help inspectors detect defects, wear, modifications and manipulation affecting the safety- and environment-relevant components and systems of vehicles presented for periodical technical inspection. Constant involvement in research and science ensures that the inspection methods and specifications stay abreast of rapid technical developments. The Central Agency was established in 2004 by the organizations mandated with vehicle inspection and employs over 150 staff in Dresden (headquarters) and Radeberg (test laboratory). As a member of the steering committee and responsible work package leader for the work package “Overall safety concept”, the company contributes decisively to the success of the ABSOLUT project.
glts cotech GmbH
glts cotech GmbH is a logistics IT specialist with an extensive portfolio of vehicle localization and fleet control solutions, including traffic telematics systems and products for the analysis of operational data and the optimization of transport processes. The task of the company within ABSOLUT is to develop intelligent and self-optimizing systems that enable vehicles to organize themselves via the control center and thereby to operate on the basis of transport demand. In addition, the company is responsible for the system-wide communication infrastructure.
INAVET GmbH has advanced knowledge in the areas of traffic management, driver advisory systems for energy-saving driving in heavy and light rail public transport, in quality-based traffic light control (QBLT) and in project management. Within ABSOLUT the company's experience is used for the evolution of the existing traffic signal system and other traffic technology infrastructure for the safe and efficient operation of the autonomous bus shuttle.
As one of the globally leading engineering partners, IAV develops the mobility of the future. Regardless of the specific manufacturer, our engineering proves itself in vehicles and technologies all over the world. IAV supports manufacturers and suppliers in the field of driver assistance systems and automated driving. In the ABSOLUT project, IAV is involved as a key partner in vehicle development, especially for the automated driving system and the design and implementation of the field tests.
Leipziger Messe GmbH
Leipziger Messe GmbH is a one-stop provider for all trade fair and exhibition-related services: Concept development, planning, presentation, stand construction, realization and catering. Its shareholders are the Free State of Saxony and the City of Leipzig. Leipziger Messe GmbH is participating in the project as a user partner and is contributing to a detailed concept for subsequent use of the vehicles, for example as demonstrators within the framework of exhibition events.
Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) GmbH
Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) GmbH is a municipal corporation of the City of Leipzig and provides local public transport services in the city and the surrounding area. The LVB services are integrated into the regional Central German Transit Network (MDV). The intermodal product “LeipzigMOVE” has been granted the Blue Angel ecolabel, and the transport corporation was awarded the title “Service Champion” by the newspaper DER WELT for several years in succession. In line with its self-image as a mobility service provider covering the entire journey chain in local transport, the company is especially interested in the constant further development of demand-oriented services. In the ABSOLUT project, LVB shares its considerable experience in the development and procurement of local public transport vehicles and in the management of large-scale projects (e.g. EU project LOW-CARB). Furthermore, the new mobility offers are to be suitable for integration into the existing service portfolio, the existing Leipzig mobil platform and the existing intermodal transport control systems (ITCS) and infrastructures. Accordingly, representatives of LVB are involved in all work packages.
Sedenius Engineering GmbH
Sedenius Engineering GmbH is defining new standards for the testing, optimization and safeguarding of driver assistance systems by way of driving simulations. The company was founded in Ingolstadt in 2012 and has had its headquarters in Leipzig since 2013. One core competency of Sedenius Engineering is the projection of real traffic scenarios, including all relevant influencing factors and variables, into a virtual world. Accordingly, the company assumes an interface and platform function on the software side of the ABSOLUT project. By conflating data from different project partners in digital scenarios, Sedenius facilitates the development of autonomous driving systems and functions.
The City of Leipzig is supporting the project through its Economic Development Office and Office of Transportation and Public Works. As co-initiator, the Economic Development Office serves as a contact broker for the various stages of project development and implementation. The Office of Transportation manages the necessary technical modifications to transport infrastructure (planning/upgrading/improvement). The City of Leipzig provides traffic spaces for the parking and charging of the vehicles at the Leipzig Exhibition Center.
Technische Universität Dresden
TU Dresden serves as a central research hub within the framework of ABSOLUT. The Chair of Vehicle Mechatronics (FZM) at the Dresden Institute of Automobile Engineering is addressing the topics of automated electric vehicles, sensors, communication, measuring technologies and energy management, and integrates special competencies from other faculties of the university on the basis of its interdisciplinary orientation (transport sciences, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science). The Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) applies a cross-materials and cross-product approach to focus on materials characterization by way of computational component simulation and design, process design and manufacturing, the experimental testing of prototype demonstrators and transfer of the project results into practice. The Chair of Traffic Control and Process Automation (VLP) at the Institute of Traffic Telematics is investigating methodologies for intelligent and efficient driving modes and possesses long-standing experience in the collection, processing and analysis of traffic-relevant data and information for use in the contexts of local public transport services and private vehicle traffic.
The Leipzig-based company Virtence GmbH can point to many years of expertise in the generation of geo-referenced data and the development of interactive, virtual prototypes. Virtence is responsible for creation of the digital maps and the human-machine interface.