The rapid market introduction of innovative and intelligent functions in vehicles and infrastructure are of enormous importance for the competitiveness of the German automotive and automation industry. The complex manufacturing processes of components such as high-performance integrated circuits and high-precision sensors are only economical in a very high volume market environment and typically do not meet the specific requirements of the automotive and automation industries.
Innovative automotive systems require complex semiconductor devices currently only available in consumer grade quality. TRACE will develop and demonstrate methods, processes, tools to facilitate usage of CE components to be deployable more rapidly in the life-critical automotive domain. This requires cooperation along the automotive value chain. The project results will enable and accelerate AE technology, component and system developments for smart mobility and smart infrastructure as key to smart city solutions of the future and therefore ensure European automotive leadership.