The Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen
The NFF is one of the most modern centers for mobility research at a German university and focuses on promising topics in vehicle and traffic engineering research. As an interdisciplinary center, the NFF was founded in 2007 with the support of the government of Lower Saxony and Volkswagen AG in order to establish the research region of Braunschweig as a top location in vehicle technology with an international standing. This has created an effective cooperation platform for joint research by industry and science with locations in Wolfsburg at the MobileLifeCampus and at the research airport in Braunschweig.
Based on the existing social, ecological and economic requirements for the development of vehicle-related technologies and usage models, the NFF has developed the vision of sustainable mobility. This is implemented in five scientific research fields and is intended to sustainably ensure individual mobility needs in metropolitan areas:
- Automated and networked driving
- Emission-free vehicle and drive systems/charging infrastructure
- Flexible vehicle concepts and vehicle production
- Mobility management and logistics/new business models
- Digitalization and artificial intelligence
The implementation of this research vision requires a broad and structurally anchored interdisciplinary cooperation of natural and engineering sciences as well as economics and social sciences.
The NFF bundles the research activities around mobility in Lower Saxony. Currently there are 44 members, from the universities of Braunschweig, Hanover and Clausthal as well as regional research facilities (for example the German Aerospace Center, Ostfalia, Wolfsburg AG) bundled in the NFF. Research is conducted in the field of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, psychology, social sciences, civil engineering and economics. The NFF focuses on future-oriented topics in vehicle and traffic engineering research, which are handled in interdisciplinary research teams.