Advancing fail-aware, fail-safe, and fail-operational electronic components, systems, and architectures for highly and fully automated driving to make future mobility safer, more efficient, affordable, and end-user acceptable

Period: May 2017 - April 2020

Total budget: ~65.11M EURO

Project Leader: Reiner John, Infineon Technologies AG

Partners: 58

Countries (13): Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Norway, Latvia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Taiwan, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania

The I-MECH target is to provide augmented intelligence for wide range of cyber-physical systems having actively controlled
moving elements, hence support development of smarter mechatronic systems. They face increasing demands on size,
motion speed, precision, adaptability, self-diagnostic, connectivity, new cognitive features, etc. Fulfillment of these
requirements is essential for building smart, safe and reliable production complexes. This implies completely new demands
also on bottom layers of employed motion control system which cannot be routinely handled by available commercial
products. On the ground of this, the main mission of this project is to bring novel intelligence into Instrumentation and Control
Layers mainly by bridging the gap between latest research results and industrial practice in related model based engineering
fields. Next, I-MECH will deliver new interfaces and diagnostic data quality for System Behavior Layer. It strives to provide a
cutting edge reference motion control platform for non-standard applications where the control speed, precision, optimal
performance, easy reconfigurability and traceability are crucial. The high added value of I-MECH reference platform will be
directly verified in high-speed/big CNC machining, additive manufacturing, semicon, high-speed packaging and healthcare
robotics. In these sectors, the main project pilots will be validated. However, the platform will be applicable in many other
generic motion control fields. The project outputs will impact on the entire value chain of the production automation market
and, through envisioned I-MECH center, create sustainable proposition for future smart industry

Automated driving is a disruptive technology which opens the door to future multi-billion markets providing business opportunities to value chains in automotive and semiconductor industry.The European industry has leading competitive strength in the development and manufacturing of highly reliable electro-mechanical systems. In order to preserve this capability Europe needs to setup European standards for high level control such as real-time computing or big data processing. In order to respond on the global challenge AutoDrive has gathered Europe’s leading semiconductor companies, suppliers, OEMs, and research institutes committed to create a pan-European eco-system, which has the critical mass to initiate standards and provides the components and subsystems for automated driving. Currently, even the most sophisticated vehicle automation technology on the road is not able to surpass human driving capabilities – especially considering context awareness in any situation. Moreover, there is no common agreement on quantifiable dependability measures which hardware and embedded software have to achieve to allow safe automated driving for SAE Levels 3-5. AutoDrive aims for the design of (i) fail-aware (self-diagnostics), (ii) fail-safe, (iii) fail-operational (HW and SW redundancy) electronic components and systems architecture that enable the introduction of automated driving in all car categories. AutoDrive results will significantly contribute to safer and more efficient mobility. It will raise end-user acceptance and comfort by supporting drivers in highly challenging situations (active safety) as well as in regular driving situations. Combining both will reduce the number of road fatalities especially in rural scenarios and under adverse weather conditions. AutoDrive will contribute to Europe’s Vision Zero and to improved efficiency. This will sustain Leadership and even grow the market position of all AutoDrive partners. More details can be found in: www.autodrive-project.eu/