Fleckner + Simon UPDATE

Farewell to retirement

Interview Joachim Fleckner 2As part of a small ceremony, company founder Dr. Joachim Fleckner retired at the age of 69 at the end of July this year. After more than 20 years of active work at F + S GmbH, Dr. Fleckner continues to be closely associated with the company as a partner.

In line with the company's philosophy, he had already put the management in younger hands in 2011 at the age of 60. Since then he has worked on a project basis for a small group of customers and has coached the young colleagues with his enormous specialist knowledge.

The Frankfurter Neue Presse took the change as an opportunity and published an article. We lose a highly valued employee who has always enriched our everyday work with his friendly nature and constructive way of working. We wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement!

Interview to Whitepaper SaFAD

Autonomous systems are a major challenge for the automotive industry. In addition to the required functions (most of them have already been implemented), it is important to ensure the security of the systems under all (un-)conceivable circumstances. Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers have carried out a study on the design of future levels 3 and 4 and published the results in the White Paper Safety First for Automated Driving (SaFAD).

In an interview, graduate computer scientist Marc Ruppert, a long-time employee and consultant at F + S Fleckner and Simon Informationstechnik GmbH, explains what knowledge the study has gained and what additional requirements for system development have been defined for levels 3 and 4.

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Corona

The Coronavirus is spreading rapidly. As a company, the health and safety of our employees as well as of our customers and business partners are important to us and have top priority.

For this reason, a large part of our workforce has been working in the home office since mid-March. Thanks to our high-quality and powerful IT infrastructure, a smooth switch was possible. The project work continues as usual. To use the special technical equipment for development and testing, our employees coordinate their presence in the office. This guarantees that only a single person uses the respective equipment.

You can reach your contacts as usual via their business or mobile numbers or, of course, by email. Our head office is still open during normal business hours and can be reached at +49 6431 409010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interview to Pegasus Project

PegasusTo test automotive vehicles millions of kilometers were driven and they are far from sufficient to guarantee the safety of these systems. To develop a feasible and affordable alternative for verification and validation of autonomous systems the Federal Ministry for Economy Affairs and Energy conducted the Pegasus project.

The results of the project and what this means for the development of level 3 systems explains Josef Horstkötter, Dipl.Ing., owner and managing director of F+S Fleckner and Simon Informationstechnik GmbH in an interview.

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

KI Deep LearningArtificial Intelligence (AI) is also being used ever more extensively in today’s motor vehicles, whether for image analysis and radar plotting or for speech and text recognition. Autonomous driving without AI is simply inconceivable.

What is easy for humans, namely to learn from experience, is very difficult for computers. A wide-spread approach to AI systems is Deep Learning, in which artificial neuronal networks with numerous so-called hidden layers are implemented between the input and output layer.

We have examined this method intensively, and our employees have attended in-depth advanced training on the subjects of AI and Deep Learning.

In addition to the theoretical principles of the various neuronal networks, our employees have developed networks and models themselves on the basis of analyses of natural language and have derived automatic statistical models from existing databases.

We now have the expertise to support our customers with assistance systems and autonomous driving.