Data and Services Ecosystem for AI-oriented Research and Development


In the project "GAIA-X 4 KI" we focus on the development of a Gaia-X-based digital ecosystem for training and validation of AI applications in the automotive domain. The goal of the three-year project is to map relevant automotive applications in a federated system architecture and, based on the results of the project and the developments in Gaia-X, to build a digital ecosystem that will serve as the basis for further projects in the GAIA-X 4 Future Mobility project family.

The challenge

Progressive digitization offers considerable potential for business models, (production) processes and (vehicle) applications in the automotive industry. In addition to software, a potent and scalable infrastructure is needed in particular to leverage the value creation potential. There, the market is currently dominated by non-European companies that do not fully support requirements of the automotive industry, such as the mobility of data and applications or required legal aspects. Therefore, GAIA-X 4 AI has to demonstrate that data and services - based on the supported use cases - can be mapped in a federated (GAIA-X) system landscape and under the necessary legal and functional requirements.


Our contribution

Within the framework of GAIA-X 4 KI, we ensure the exchange and compatibility between GAIA-X 4 KI and the GAIA-X initiative. To this end, we take the lead in implementing the necessary interfaces to the GaGAIA-X federation services. Furthermore, we support the partners in the implementation of the Gaia-X 4 AI ecosystem in the area of service orchestration as well as in the formation of a Mobility Data Space to share knowledge based on the findings of the International Data Spaces. As a central component, we develop a GAIA-X 4 AI Connector to enforce the required data usage conditions of the automotive industry.



GAIA-X 4 KI achieves for the first time a linkage of the topics GAIA-X, automotive applications, cloud systems and the handling of data and services for the operation of AI applications. In GAIA-X 4 KI, a first GAIA-X compatible digital ecosystem is created in the automotive field, which will serve as a starting point for further research and applications in the field of GAIA-X 4 Future Mobility.


Partners (enumerations only)

  • Altran Germany S.A.S. & Co. KG
  • Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
  • German Aerospace Center e.V. - Institute of Transportation Systems Engineering
  • Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research e.V.
  • HighQSoft GmbH
  • IAV GmbH Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr
  • Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Intel Germany GmbH
  • Leibniz University Hanover
  • Reusch Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
  • STTech GmbH
  • Deutsche Telekom IoT GmbH
  • T-Systems International GmbH
  • Ingolstadt University of Technology
  • Xapix Software GmbH


Funding (Only for purely public projects)

  • Sponsor: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
  • Funding code: tbd
  • Duration: 06/2021-05/2024