AI-For-Mobility—A New Research Platform for AI-Based Control Methods
Authors: Ruggaber, Julian and Ahmic, Kenan and Brembeck, Jonathan and Baumgartner, Daniel and Tobolář, Jakub
Applied Sciences 13, (5). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
AI-For-Mobility (AFM) is the new research platform to investigate and implement novel control methods based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the Department of Vehicle System Dynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). A production hybrid vehicle serves as a base platform. Since AI-based methods are data-driven, the vehicle is equipped with manifold sensors to provide the required data. They measure the vehicle’s state holistically and perceive the surrounding environment, while high performance on-board CPUs and GPUs handle the sensor data. A full by-wire control system enables the vehicle to be used for applications in the field of automated driving. Despite all modifications, it is approved for public road use and meets the driving dynamics properties of a standard road vehicle. This makes it an attractive research and test platform, both for automotive applications and technology demonstrations in other scientific fields (e.g., robotics, aviation, etc.). This paper presents the vehicle’s design and architecture in a detailed manner and shows a promising application potential of AFM in the context of AI-based control methods.