Institute Automobile Management (IAM)

Institute of Automobile Management

Institute of Automobile Management (IAM)

The research projects undertaken at the IAM concentrate on new mobility concepts. The emphasis is always on linking existing and new mobility solutions and finding synergies. The research initially focuses on the vehicle. One key element are automated vehicle concepts, for private means of transport, local public transport, and inner-city transport of goods. The IAM wants to provide sustainable solutions to social inequality, congestion in fast-growing cities, and to help meet the climate goals.

Intelligent next-generation traffic infrastructure

New concepts for changing the existing infrastructure can be developed and tested by projects such as the AMEISE project, which is managed by a consortium at the IAM. One principle is supplementing today’s – conventional – infrastructure (markings, signposting) for optimised machine perception. Moreover, the IAM is investigating completely new concepts for the provision of information which no longer require a local presence, thanks to digitisation.


Measurement data analysis in cooperative mixed traffic

The basis of any research is the evaluation of data through the observation of processes. For the Institute of Automobile Management, these data are traffic situations and their perception by vehicles and their sensors. The term cooperative mixed traffic here describes traffic comprising automated and connected vehicles, and conventional vehicles, too. In traffic situations, three forms of data are of interest: vehicle, environment and traffic data.


Algorithms & performance assessment for object detection in the traffic environment

The IAM concentrates on high-level information (e.g. object data from LIDAR sensors), which requires that raw data be interpreted. This involves assessing the state-of-the-art performance, on the one hand, and also placing new demands on precision and scope as required by the new algorithms and strategies.


C2X communication concepts to control & monitor the traffic environment

A transport route is needed to integrate the infrastructure so as to supplement the perception and decision-making of the AD stack. The current projects at the Institute comply with the requirement to be open to all technologies, and the research is directed towards 5G mobile phone as well as automotive Wifi (IEEE 802.11p) technology. By incorporating the infrastructure, it may be possible to make automated driving fit for general purpose and achieve speeds in excess of 30 km/h.

Examples of Publications

  • 06/2020: Analysis and prediction of electromobility and energy supply by the example of Stuttgart, M.Sc. Daniela Schneider, M.Eng. Laura Langenbucher, Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner, EVS33 - Portland, Electric Drive Transportation Association, 2020
  • 06/2020: Simulation and energy management of a fuel cell hybrid heavy-duty truck, M.Eng. Patrick Eckhardt, M.Eng. Philipp Henne, Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner, EVS33 - Portland, Electric Drive Transportation Association, 2020
  • 06/2020: Requirements for battery electric and automated passenger transport with focus on environment detection from vehicle and infrastructure perspectives, M.Sc. Marcel Voßhans, M.Sc. Di Hu, Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner, EVS33 - Portland, Electric Drive Transportation Association, 2020
  • 06/2020: Fahrzeugklassifizierung mittels Stereokamera – Untersuchung und Weiterentwicklung eines Prototyps unter Einsatz von künstlichen neuronalen Netzen, Deep Learning und Bildverarbeitung, B.Sc. Christoph Mühleiß, M.Sc. Di Hu, Tilmann Faul, Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner, CfP - 12. Wissenschaftsforum Duisburg, 2020
  • 06/2020: Satellite Mobility Hub als Konzept einer vernetzten urbanen Mobilität, B.Sc. Inna Morozova, M.Sc. Di Hu, Dr.-Ing. Ines Klugius, Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner, CfP - 12. Wissenschaftsforum Duisburg, 2020
  • 05/2020: Application and machine learning methods for dynamic load point controls of electric vehicles (xEVs), B.Sc. Danting Cao, B.Sc. Jonathan Lerch, Dr.-Ing. Daniel Stetter, Prof. Dr-Ing. Martin Neuburger, Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner, Earth and Environmental Science, 2020
  • 09/2019: Optimized electrified drivetrains and duty cycle testing methods related to future autonomous driving vehicle concepts, Ralf Wörner, Matthias Lutz, Christian Kajinksi, Harald Scheihing, Christoph Pasler, VDI-conference gears, München, 2019
  • 09/2019: Sustainable concept and economic evaluation of a solar-powered hydrogen generation unit, Laura Langenbucher, Lukasz Brodecki, Michael Wiesmeth, Ines Klugius, Heiner Hüppelshäuser, Markus Blesl, Ralf Wörner, Advanced Materials Letters
  • 07/2019: Mobilität der Zukunft - Vernetzung, Schnittstellen, Applikationen, Ralf Wörner, Inna Morozova, Di Hu, David Messerschmid, TAE-Forum future mobility, Esslingen.
  • 05/2019: Fahrzeugklassifizierung mittels Stereokamerasystem unter Einsatz von Deep Learning, Marcel Voßhans, Philipp Holzner, Wörner, Tilmann Faul, Tobias Heisig, CfP – 11. Wissenschaftsforum Mobilität, Duisburg
  • 05/2019: Einsatzpotentiale autonom fahrender Transportsysteme im öffentlichen Raum, David Messerschmid, Di Hu, Inna Morozova, Ralf Wörner, CfP – 11. Wissenschaftsforum Mobilität, Duisburg
  • 05/2019: Prediction on future electric vehicle market shares in urban areas and related consequences for energy delivery & grid stability – investigation of Stuttgart, Ralf Wörner, Markus Blesl, Patrick Jochem, Martin Kagerbauer, EVS32 Symposium, Lyon, France
  • 05/2019: Business potential and impact of the ISO 15118 standard, Reha Tözün, Arthur Allmendinger, Ralf Wörner, EVS32 Symposium, Lyon, France
  • 04/2019: Substituting individual Mobility by mobility on demand with autonomous vehicles – sustainable assessment simulation of Berlin and Stuttgart (Germany), Guy Fournier, Tobias Kathe, Eliane Horschutz Nemoto, Christian Pfeiffer, Ralf Wörner, Inna Morozova, Adrian Boos, International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management (IJATM)
  • 02/2019: Prognosen einer elektromobilen Offensive im urbanen Raum am Beispiel des Großraums Stuttgart   Konsequenzen und Handlungsoptionen, Ralf Wörner, Markus Blesl, Patrick Jochem, Martin Kagerbauer, 11. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung Wien
  • 06/2018: Geschäftsmodelle und Akzeptanzschwellen von hochautomatisierten Fahrerassistenz-systemen im Gütertransport, Ralf Wörner, Tobias Heisig, 10. Wissenschaftsforum Mobilität, Duisburg, 07.06.2018
  • 06/2018: Zukünftige Energieversorgung für Elektromobilität: Untersuchung von kooperativem Lademanagement auf Basis des „smart grid“ und Lösungsansätze zur Aufrechterhaltung der Netzstabilität am Beispiel Esslingen a.N., Ralf Wörner, Harald Braun, Reha Tözün, 3rd international Symposium Grid Integration of Electric Mobility, Berlin, 06.06.2018
  • 06/2018: Szenario über den Bedarf an Ladeinfrastruktur für Elektrofahrzeuge anhand von Usecases in Deutschland, Michael Kühn, Ralf Wörner, Peter Kühn, TAE-Kolloquium „Future Mobility“, Esslingen a.N., 12.06.2018
  • 06/2018: Kraftstoff- und Emissionseinsparpotentiale an City-PKW mit 48V-RSG/ISG-Systemen,
    Ralf Wörner, Michael Timmann, Oliver Zirn, TAE-Kolloquium „Future Mobility“, Esslingen a.N., 12.06.2018
  • 06/2018: Batteriesysteme als Kerninnovation der E-Mobilität: Wertanalytische Betrachtung und Konsequenzen für die Industriestruktur, Andre Böhm, Gerold Sluka, Jonas Meinhardt, Ralf Wörner, TAE-Kolloquium „Future Mobility“, Esslingen a.N., 12.06.2018
  • 06/2018: Perspektiven der Elektrifizierung von PKW-Flotten für Dienstleistungsunternehmen auf Basis von 2 Mio km Erfahrung, Reha Tözün, Philip Buchen, Ralf Wörner, TAE-Kolloquium „Future Mobility“, Esslingen a.N., 12.06.2018
  • 06/2018: Betrachtung der europaweit im Einsatz & Entwicklung befindlichen Ladeinfrastruktursysteme für E-Mobilität sowie ein Konzept für einen nutzbaren und kundenorientierten Standard für zukünftige Fahrzeugplattformen, Reha Tözün, Ralf Wörner, TAE-Kolloquium „Future Mobility“, Esslingen a.N., 12.06.2018
  • 07/2017: Electric Vehicle Symposium (2017, Stuttgart): „Investigation on public e-mobility grids – consequences on urban infrastructure“.
  • 06/2017: 9. Wissenschaftsforum Mobilität (2017, Duisburg): „Untersuchung öffentlicher E-Mobility Ladeinfrastruktur: Schlussfolgerungen zu Anforderungen für städtische und europäische Autobahn-Ladeinfrastruktur“.
  • 2017: 23th ICE / IEEE International Management Conference (2017, Madeira): „Individual Mobility by shared autonomous Electric Vehicle fleets".



Hochschule Esslingen
Institut für Automobilmanagement
Leiter: Prof. Dr. Ralf Wörner
Flandernstraße 101
D-73732 Esslingen
Telefon: +49(0)711.397-4351
Telefax: +49(0)711.397-4312


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