TU Eindhoven

Island of Excellence: "Automotive Student Teams of TU/e Automated & cooperative driving demonstrations"

This Islands features all cars from the three Automotive Student Teams, all have an electric powertrain. The cars featured are:

FISITA World Automotive Congress 2014 Islands of Excellence Technical University Eindhoven

Stella the car from Solar Team Eindhoven. Stella is the world’s first 4 seater family car, powered by solar energy, which won the World Solar Challenge 2013 in Australia (Cruiser Class). Stella is energy positive which means that on average usage on a yearly base, the car produces more energy than it consumes. Stella has licence to drive on public roads.

Ecomotive city car from the TU/ecomotive team. The car was used in the Shell Ecomarathon 2013 in Rotterdam and met the target set. For 2014 a new design will target on doubling energy efficiency and also get licensed to drive on public roads.

The racing car URE08 from the University Racing Eindhoven team. URE was number one in their Formula Student racing competition a few years ago and are targeting again for top--‐3 position coming year. Formula Student is a worldwide competition with around 450 teams with two classes, ICE and electric powertrains.

Autonomous & Cooperative Driving

The vehicle of the future is the Connected Car, a computer on wheels that communicates with other computers. TU/e is working to make cooperative driving a reality. Wireless communication is used to regulate speed and distance between vehicles with Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (C--‐ACC).

In C--‐ACC, automated information on variables such as speed and acceleration is obtained from other vehicles on the road.

The corresponding controller ensures that any changes in speed by the driver in front of you are immediately registered in the cooperative vehicle. Braking, accelerating and merging can occur automatically on the basis of these data.

Simulations reveal that CACC helps to improve both traffic safety and traffic flow.

TU/e has two interactive demo’s on this subject:

  • a big table with a road track on it on which little robot cars communicate with each other
  • the driving simulation where visitors can ‘drive’ themselves to experience how it is to let the car be in control of speed en braking.

TU/e researches the psychological effects the technology of autonomous and cooperative driving has on people.

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Important dates

Technical Session

13 May 2016
Deadline for manuscript
31 July 2016
Deadline for final papers
26-30 September 2016
FISITA 2016 World Automotive Congress

Interactive Progress Session

19 August 2016
Interactive Progress Session - Deadline for Abstracts
25 August 2016
Interactive Progress Session - Notification to authors
26 August 2016
Interactive Progress Session - Deadline for PowerPoint Presentation Submission

Organised by

  • FISITA
  • KSAE

Supported by

  • MOTIE
  • MOLIT
  • Ministry of Environment, Korea
  • Busan Metropolitan City
  • Korea Tourism Organization
  • Busan Tourism Organization