12. April 2023 | Press releases:

Trade fair topics: Autonomous driving, safety in the workplace with AI and quantum technologies TU Braunschweig at Hannover Messe 2023

The Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) of TU Braunschweig will show how close the idea of autonomous driving has already come to being a reality at a joint stand of the Automotive Agentur Niedersachsen at the Hannover Messe from 17 to 21 April. In addition, the start-up Sentics, a spin-off of TU Braunschweig, will introduce itself with an AI-supported camera technology to prevent accidents at work and optimise workflows in industrial environments. And: Quantum Valley Lower Saxony, a Lower Saxony alliance for the development of a quantum computer, welcomes the trade fair audience with highlights from the limits of the measurable.

Under the umbrella of the Automotive Agentur Niedersachsen, four leading research institutes in Lower Saxony will present the current state of autonomous and connected driving: In addition to the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) from Osnabrück are involved. For the first time, they will be showing the latest developments in the fields of automotive, infrastructure, AI simulation and agricultural technology together in one place. The joint stand (H06/21-25) is located in the “Industrial Wireless Arena + 5G Networks & Applications” arena, which Deutsche Messe AG is hosting for the first time this year in Hall 14 at the world’s largest industrial exhibition.

Live and practical

The research vehicles TEASY III and TIAMO II are already driving autonomously. The Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen has equipped them with corresponding driving functions and high-precision 360º sensor technology.

At the exhibition site, guests can experience what the vehicles can do in a first use case thanks to the 5G communication standard: TEASY III automatically forms an emergency lane, while TIAMO II takes on the role of the “police car”. In a second demonstration drive, TEASY III will drive with guests from the exhibition grounds onto the trade fair expressway and will then drive a section autonomously. The rides can be enjoyed without worry: Employees of the NFF are also on board, of course.

Optical, AI-based collision avoidance

The company Sentics GmbH, a spin-off from TU-Braunschweig, has developed and launched the first optical, AI-based real-time localisation system for industrial use. This technology can be used to increase safety and productivity in the workplace (Niedersachsen joint stand Innovations from Science and Research, Hall 2, Stand A40). For this purpose, infrastructure cameras are installed in the industrial environment.

The camera system detects and locates relevant objects such as forklifts, people, machines and other objects and makes this information available for numerous applications in a data-protection-compliant manner without making images visible.

Real-time analysis of the locations and movement profiles of persons and vehicles enables critical situations to be detected at an early stage and accidents to be prevented by means of warnings and automated reduction of driving speed. Other functions include automated hall door control to prevent infrastructure damage or visual warnings for forklift drivers and pedestrians.

Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS)

As a founding partner of Quantum Valley Lower Saxony, TU Braunschweig is also active in the growing field of quantum technologies. The Lower Saxony alliance brings novel technologies such as quantum computers out of the laboratory and into practical use. With a joint stand in the Future Hub of the trade fair in Hall 2 (Stand B60/4), the quantum-strong region, together with supra-regional partners from research and industry, will welcome the trade fair audience with the latest highlights from the frontiers of the measurable.

As a special highlight, a panel discussion with TU Professor Andreas Waag on April 18th will provide insights into the technology transfer of Quantum Valley Lower Saxony.