Research & Development

​​​​​​​In the light of the constantly growing complexity of integrated systems comprising mechanical components, electronic hardware and embedded software there is an increasing demand regarding their safety, security and robustness. Consequently, new concepts, methods, tools and related processes are needed in the systems development associated with an increasing number of regulatory requirements across the key industries.

​​Model in the Loop Test-bench​​

One of ROSAS’s research areas is Model-In-the-Loop (MIL) design, which is mainly used in the electronics and software industries. The main advantage of this development methodology is the early detection of design errors, which makes it possible to reduce the number of design iteration, or even to avoid them.

The main advantage of this development methodology is the early detection of design errors, which makes it possible to reduce the number of design iteration, or even to avoid them. The objective of this project is the development of a test bench that allows early simulations of system behavior. It will allow the injection of faults thanks to the help of electronic operating models and embedded software.​​


In the near future, automated vehicles will play a key role on the road, on the rail and in the air. To this day, the regulatory framework for the use of automated vehicles has not yet been defined nor have the validation procedures been established.

A group of partners in Fribourg decided to create a platform that brings together their knowledge and expertise in autonomous mobility. Swissmoves, a Center of Competence for Automated Mobility will be established in the upcoming months. These two centres can build on a strong foundation that will allow for rapid implementation. The original research group has the unique advantage of combining legal (UNIFR), entrepreneurial (HEG), scientific, methodological and technological (HEIAFR) skills, as well as integrating the practical expertise of regional public transport (TPF), the specific competences of the only Swiss safety/security certification body (Certx), as well as the expertise of specialists in the operation of rail systems and functional analysis of autonomous vehicles (ROSAS).

As of today, there are no institutions able to provide validation and homologation services for automated vehicles worldwide. In this context, SwissMoves aims to launch an homologation center which verify whether an automated vehicle (road/rail/drone) meets the safety and sustainability requirements for a responsible use in Switzerland.

The homologation center must be able to rely on constant efforts in interdisciplinary cutting-edge research in order to generate the necessary expertise to sustain constant renewal of homologation procedures, knowledge, technical and physical equipment and technologies involved.

Our unique consortium with the inclusion of law and rail traffic presents a high benefit that other groups around mobility do not have. Thanks to networks established at national and international level in such a short period of time, Swissmoves seems to be well ahead of national competition.

Several federal agencies, including OFROU, OFT and METAS, have already expressed interest in establishing Swissmoves. For example, the OFROU is looking for a service provider to be able to evaluate the electrical, electronic and automatic components of vehicles while mandates are granted to the DTC (Dynamic Test Center) concerning the physical and mechanical dimensions of the vehicle. The involvement of these federal boards in the project demonstrates the importance of such a centre at the national level. In addition, our market research indicates that the industry’s demand for research mandates in this area seems colossal. In just a few months, many companies have already expressed their desire to collaborate once the centre is established.

Official website: Stay tuned !


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Fuell Cell Systems

A safety study project has been performed during the development of a new fuel cell system (FCS) which will be used as a range extender on an electric garbage truck. The hydrogen related hazards identified have been mitigated taking into consideration functional failures of the whole FCS to finally prove that these only leads to a reasonable risk as specified in the automotive ISO 26262 standard. As in others domain, new technologies will be accepted only if the related risk is considered as reasonable, therefore taking safety into consideration is a very important point for every beginning of a new system development. Others FCS projects have been performed meanwhile and others project are ongoing, ROSAS safety engineers collaborate daily with Hydrogen FCS partners ensuring a safe development of hydrogen systems.

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Development and implementation of basic infrastructures and technical processes necessary for the homologation of automated vehicles (cars, trains, UAVs) according to an adapted legal framework.

In the near future, autonomous vehicles will be an essential part of road, rail and air mobility. So far, there is no defined regulatory framework for the use of autonomous vehicles on roads or rail and no validation or homologation procedures have been established. So at the moment, no institution, neither in Switzerland or abroad, is capable of providing validation and homologation services for the use of autonomous vehicles. Our research group has the unique advantage of being able to call on different types of expertise: legal (UNIFR), business and organizational (HEG), scientific, methodological, technological (HEIA-FR) & (ROSAS), regional public transport (TPF), the specific skills of the only Swiss certification organization that deals in security and safety (CertX), as well as the expertise of specialists in rail system operations and cybersecurity (ROSAS). The goal of this exclusive combination of expertise is to support companies and government offices that are researching and developing new solutions for mobility.

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