Virtual Vehicle

E/E & Software

E/E & Software

The Area Electrics/Electronics (E/E) & Software at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE explores and develops new methods and tools to support efforts in the vehicle, rail and aircraft industries to address a variety of challenges. For example, the area deals with the model-based design of embedded systems, active and functional safety, real-time modeling and real-time coupling, multi-core systems, modern control strategies, "residual vehicle simulation" and component models with improved prediction capability.

Each individual theme of the research landscape contributes significantly to a long-term target - namely, representing the functions and properties of the cyber-physical, mechatronic and electrochemical systems, as well as their interactions in the electrified, hybrid and electric vehicle through various levels of abstraction.

The following main themes can be found in Area E/E and Software:

  • Embedded Systems and Functional Safety
  • Battery Simulation, Testing and Modeling of Aging Processes
  • Electrification of Components
  • Multi-Domain Simulation - Coupled Simulation
  • Model Predictive Control
  • Real-time Systems
  • Multi-core Systems and Wireless Technologies
  • (Embedded) Software Development and Software Variability

Dependable Systems

In today's world, embedded systems are everywhere – consumer devices, offices, homes, factories, planes and cars. Amongst them, automotive embedded systems have very special characteristics. High demands on quality, reliability, the increasing complexity and the rapidly growing number of interactions between subsystems, as well as time-to-market and cost constraints lead to challenging requirements for new processes, methods and tools....Further Informationen

Embedded Systems

The introduction of connected cars has a strong impact on the architecture of embedded systems within a vehicle. According to Gartner, there will be a quarter of a billion of networked vehicles on the road in 2020. Based on this interconnectivity, novel vehicle functions and automated driving will be supported by future embedded systems. Vehicle manufacturers are under pressure to cooperate with other industries like consumer electronics...Further Informationen

Vehicle Electrification & Battery

The electrification of today's automobiles is driven by different goals, such as the reduction of CO2 emissions and a suitable range in electric driving mode. The energy storage system is one of the key factors for achieving these goals...Further Informationen

Modelling and Advanced Control

High product requirements and legislative constraints such as emissions standards will require constant improvement of many vehicle components. Further developments can often only be achieved due to increasing complexity.....Further informationen



The research group "Co-Simulation" at ViF concentrates on the research and development of methods and tools for the co-simulation of complex dynamic systems.In today's development processes, the simulation of dynamic systems allows predictions and concept decisions related to the final product to be made at an early stage. This not only involves the modeling, simulation and testing of individual structural components or modules, but also requires the interplay of a large number of functions (with simulation models and also hardware components from various domains) to build up the full system (right up to the full vehicle).....Further Informationen