Autonomous Electric Vehicles with Automated Charging Infrastructure

Introduction and Objectives

AULA will develop a fully-automated electric car. The project thereby focuses on the functionally safe, fully-automated fast charging in semi-public areas without user interference, as well as the development of pre-series software and hardware components for the vehicle, the contact system and the connected security software.

The main objective is to achieve significant technological advances in the fields of automated driving functions, fast charging systems and automation of re-charging of vehicles, leading to the development of ready-for-approval pre-series products of the partners IAV and Fraunhofer IVI.

Funded by

European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the State of Saxony

Contribution by the Fraunhofer IVI

Within the past 15 years, the Fraunhofer IVI has been developing various solutions for the fast charging of electric city buses. Activities included the design of different charging concepts, the development of the contact mechanics and contact pairing as well as the design, implementation and approval of the safety concept for the power transmission. In the collaborative AULA project, the institute will develop the overall electro-mechanical contact system for the fast re-charging of cars and small commercial vehicles, the methodology for the precise locating of vehicles at the charging station as well as the entire fully-automated charging process including the necessary sensors and communication systems. In cooperation with the project partner IAV, these systems will be designed and developed in a way that provides for the quick, large-scale realization as a series.



October 15, 2016 – October 14, 2019
(36 months)

Funding Agency


Sächsische Aufbaubank – Förderbank (SAB)