Research Project SmartLoad Launched

New methods of increasing reliability of highly automated electric vehicles. Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest brings research partners together.

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The demands we make on future vehicles are high. Safety and reliability have the highest priority. Even if the complexity of vehicle systems increases through the automation and electrification, the default probability in use may not increase under any circumstances. Analogous to aeroplanes, which already fly highly automated, this is currently ensured through the use of redundant and thus cost-intensive system components. But how much redundancy and additional costs are really necessary? How can possible component failures be recognised and controlled at an early stage? The project SmartLoad investigates these and further important questions. For the successful industrialisation of new electronic systems for autonomous electric driving, the project SmartLoad funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research researches new efficient methods for determining the required reliability of relevant components and subsystems of the vehicle. The project was launched in October 2018. Eight partners from Baden-Württemberg contribute their competences under the leadership of AVL Deutschland GmbH. The project idea was developed in the research network Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest.

Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest brings competences together

“Without the networking in the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest, the project would not have existed. The intensive exchange with different research institutes and companies was decisive, in order to identify the relevant core research areas and to organise an efficient consortium,” says the Project Manager Dr. Christian Schyr of AVL Deutschland. From the perspective of the cluster management, SmartLoad is one of the current lead projects of the cluster. “SmartLoad represents an important step forward in new mobility solutions. The project stands for the validation of new products and processes and is thus more than a mere prototype development. The cluster shows thereby that it deals with all steps of the value chain,” says Franz Loogen, managing director of the State Agency for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive Baden-Württemberg, e-mobil BW GmbH.

New testing tools for efficient detection methods

The project SmartLoad pursues the aim of developing a reliable system design of highly automated vehicles with highly integrated longitudinal and lateral control. Thereby, new methods for failure prevention and prediction shall be developed, which ensure the reliability in the whole life cycle of the vehicles. This concerns the development, release and operation. Therefore, standard-based testing tools and architectures for efficient detection methods in the simulation, on test benches and in real operation shall be developed in the project. The detection of the researched architectures and methods is shown on a demonstrator vehicle as well as on reference applications from the fields of interurban private transport, commercial vehicles and public transport.

Project partners SmartLoad

  • AVL Deutschland GmbH
  • FAST Institute of Vehicle System Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • FZI Research Center for Information Technology
  • IEW Institute of Electrical Energy Conversion at the University of Stuttgart
  • IPEK Institute of Product Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • RA Consulting GmbH
  • Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
  • SET Power Systems GmbH

Background information

Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest

With around 130 actors from industry and science, the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest is one of the most important regional associations in the field of electric mobility. The cluster, which is managed by the State Agency e-mobil BW GmbH, pursues the aim of advancing the industrialisation of electric mobility in Germany and of turning Baden-Württemberg into a leading supplier of electric mobility solutions. In the four fields of innovation vehicle, energy, information and communications technologies (ICT) as well as production, renowned large, medium and small-sized companies, especially of the Karlsruhe-Mannheim-Stuttgart-Ulm region, are being networked among each other and with research institutes on site. Moreover, specialised working groups provide a comprehensive processing of topics, for example the working group “internationalisation” or the working group “intelligent move”, which focuses on digitalisation and automated driving.