FAST: THE VEHICLE AS A SYSTEM
Comprehensive expertise in vehicle system tech-nology and a competent partner of industry - these are the qualifications of the FAST institute for vehicle system technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Passenger cars, commercial vehicles, mobile machinery and rail vehicles are at the centre of our future vehicle concept research. The department of vehicle technology, chaired by Prof. Gauterin, provides a widespread and in-depth understanding of systems, methods and processes required to master the complexity of vehicle design. We utilise different technological approaches to improve vehicle functions. Modern vehicles have become safer, more comfortable and efficient over time - but because of added electronic, electric and mechatronic systems they have also become even more complex. Our state-of-the-art labs and the latest equipment, comprising modern full vehicle and component test stands, allow a wide spectrum of research work and tests. In the field of alter-native drive concepts, FAST has been involved in many projects, including providing scientific support to the cross-border CROME e-vehicle fleet test programme. "Projekthaus e-drive" is an innovative cooperation model in e-mobility, which addresses basic research issues as well as application-oriented projects.