DCAITI research


DCAITI specializes in future automotive computing scenarios. This naturally includes embedded systems, networking and driver or passenger centered HMI. Main concerns in these areas are platform and applications research as well as automotive development procedures and systems evaluation.

Car-2-X Communication

Todays demands on safety and comfort in and around the car cannot be met with in-car electronics alone. To achieve the zero accidents vision proposed by European Union, new approaches in road safetey measures must be considered. One of this approach is leveraging communication between cars and between cars and the road infrastructure for an extended sensing of information to avoid or mitigate accidents.


The driver of a car is confronted with an ever growing variety of devices inside the car. This includes entertainment (radio, CD, DVD), telecommunication (phone, address book, text messaging) and car navigation systems, not even mentioning driving specific functions. While all of these are in place for added comfort they also place the risk of distraction when operated by the driver. Thus, operation concepts are needed in order to minimize driver distraction while at the same time providing a comfortable way of operation. Traditional haptical/display operation concepts are therefore combined with speech recognition and speech output into multimodal operation concepts.

Autonomic Computing

The common view of a motor vehicle as a dominantly mechnical system nowadays seems outdated. A modern top-level car features about 80 embedded systems which are organized in various domain-specific networks. Given the increasing complexity of these partial systems the question of reliability becomes more and more prominent. The demands on partial embedded systems bear a close resemblance to server systems, a research area which has developed the idea of autonomic computing. Our research aims to extend this approach to resource-constrained environments - such as a motor vehicle - thus enabling automotive autonomic computing.