The overview below is a list of German-based living labs that act as controlled testing environments of innovative technologies. The labs are equipped with appropriate infrastructure and simulate real-world-like scenarios to test the usability and effectiveness of new products before being deployed on the market.

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SmartFactory-KL

smartfactory.de

Location: Kaiserslautern

Institute: German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: SmartFactory-KL is a manufacturer-independent demonstration and research platform which is unique in the world. Here, innovative information and communications technologies and their application are tested and developed in a realistic, industrial production environment. The technology initiative, supported by the active participation of its approx. 50 members, has already established pragmatic solutions, first products and common standards.

Testbed Mobile Service Robot

iff.fraunhofer.de/testfeld-mobile-grossroboter

Location: Magdeburg

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: Testbed for testing mobile service robots.

The Elbedome: Large 360° Projection System

iff.fraunhofer.de/elbe-dom

Location: Magdeburg

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF

Domain: 
Production / Supply Chain

Mission statement: We develop VR tools and system solutions customized specifically for your company’s needs to optimize your operations. Such tools can be used, for instance, to complete assembly processes in custom machine manufacturing, CE-compliant safety assessments or materials supply plans more efficiently.

Usability und User Experience Lab

iao.fraunhofer.de/usability-and-user-experience-engineering

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Various

Mission statement: Optimum usability and user experience are USPs of interactive products and services. With the help of user-centric methods, we analyze and design systems for professional users and end users

Vehicle Interaction Lab

iao.fraunhofer.de/vehicle-interaction-lab-vi-lab-immersiver-fahrsimulator

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Mobility

Mission statement: Automated driving and vehicle assistance systems are taking on an increasing number of driving tasks. To explore how people are coming to terms with these increasing levels of automation, Fraunhofer IAO is conducting tests in its Vehicle Interaction Lab.

VICTOR – Demonstrator for Connected Driving

esk.fraunhofer.de/labs/victor

Location: Munich

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technologies ESK

Domain: 
Mobility

Mission statement: The VICTOR vehicle demonstrator is a road-legal BMW 320i touring that has been modified for test purposes. Fraunhofer ESK uses VICTOR to carry out research and development activities in the area of cooperative driving functions. The institute also makes the demonstrator available to companies and other research institutes for use with joint projects.

VS-LAB – Viable Security Laboratory

iao.fraunhofer.de/lab-viable-security-laboratory

Location: Stuttgart

Institute: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Domain: 
Smart City

Mission statement: We use the VS Lab infrastructure to create innovative applications for smart offices and smart homes. Our comprehensive methodology allows us to analyze key attributes such as awareness and perceived benefit of the solution as well as the user’s risk affinity and interaction with the complexity of the solution. This helps us assess if a security solution addresses user needs or if it necessitates special training.