"Artificial intelligence is an important key technology in the development of complex technical systems in the field of innovative mobility solutions. Prerequisites for a successful application of AI are the broad availability of suitable data, services and IT resources. Gaia-X sets the course for the establishment of a digital ecosystem based on European principles and values. Combining AI and Gaia-X into one project allows elaborating application-related contributions for the development of Gaia-X by investigating its usage in the use cases of automated and connected driving and industrial manufacturing. By linking these usually separate application fields, we can develop concepts and designs of a closed data loop across the entire product lifecycle, maximizing the potential of a common (joint?) data and services ecosystem. With the aforementioned focus areas, Gaia-X 4 AI will provide important impulses for relevant questions of the automotive industry in transformation."

Dr.-Ing. Sascha Knake-Langhorst, DLR

Project Coordinator

The project at a glance

Gaia-X 4 KI is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (BMWK). The project belonging to the Mobility domain is the first in the "Gaia-X 4 Future Mobility" project family, being coordinated by the DLR Institute for AI Security. More Information about the project family is available via the following link: Gaia-X 4 Future Mobility.


Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Knake-Langhorst, DLR

Project Coordinator

Dr. Hüseyin Erdogan, Continental

Project Coordinator

36 Month

1st of June 2021 to 31st of May 2024

18 Mio. €


14 Project partner in 6 Subprojects


Project structure


The structure of Gaia-X 4 KI is adapted from the already developed concept architecture from the Gaia-X initiative and fulfils the requirements completely. The subproject structure is inspired by the superior technical architecture of Gaia-X. In this context, subprojects 1 - 3 aim at the development of building blocks in the areas of services, infrastructure and data space, and thus connecting Gaia-X and the establishment of the basic ecosystem. Both, subprojects 4 and 5 address the two use cases of the project, while SP 6 covers project management and activities related to SP-X. A use case-based approach is employed identifying the fundamental generic solution building blocks for various mobility application areas and to derive requirements for them. In the process, these approaches serve as a starting point for the projects of the "Gaia-X 4 Future Mobility" project family, where the practical development of flexible solution modules is carried out.



SP1 The bridge to GAIA-X

Subproject 1 builds the bridge to the "Gaia-X" initiative. SP 1 ensures that the project infrastructure is compliant and compatible with the technical developments of the Gaia-X initiative. SP 1 assumes a role as an interface functionality between the activities in the European Gaia-X and Gaia-X 4 KI initiative and thus ensures the interoperability of the infrastructure developed in SP 2 and SP 3.

SP2 The demonstrator

Subproject 2 deals with the concrete implementation and realization of Gaia-X 4 KI demonstrators. For this purpose, a Mobility Data Space specific middle layer will be developed. In addition, several federated Gaia-X nodes will be set up and development work on the orchestration and containerization of data space and use case services will be carried out.

SP3 The data space

In subproject 3, the development and establishment of a Gaia-X-based data space for the automotive sector is taking place. Placed between the Gaia-X Federation Services and the end-user applications, the data space uses the infrastructure of the Gaia-X Federation Services and generates data streams itself. By refining the data streams, additional value-added services are developed, resulting in cost and quality advantages for the end users.

SP4 Use Case - Automotive production

In accordance with the Gaia-X specification/vision and the requirements generated in SP 1-3, subproject 4 focuses on the generic development of a data space and its use for cross-manufacturer automotive production. This development is exemplified for the production of complex electronic systems, especially safety-critical driver assistance systems (radar, camera, LiDAR). Thus, subproject 4 provides a concrete use case for the developments in SP2 and SP3

SP5 Use Case - Automated & Connected Driving

In subproject 5, software modules from the field of Automated & Connected Driving (ACF) will be developed in accordance with the Gaia-X specification/vision and the requirements generated in SP 1-3. These are intended to illustrate a sufficiently realistic proof of concept including demo. It is taken into account that the result should be transferable into a genuine industrial application and exploitable before the establishment of Gaia-X based automotive business models. Thus, subproject 4 also provides a concrete use case for the developments in TP2 and TP3.

SP6 Projectmanagement

Subproject 6 is responsible for conventional projectmanagement and the scientific leadership of the project. Additionally, subproject 6 is responsible for the exchange with relevant communities. A SP-X-like structure was chosen for the Gaia-X 4 KI project in order to serve and link the bridging function between the VDA flagship initiative and the KI project family on the one hand and the Gaia-X activities of the German government on the other.