A handful of electric vehicle and automated driving events

Cidaut has participated in EV2017, CIBIM17, 21CMH and LEVS2017

The last quarter of the year has been very active for Cidaut’s participation in events related to electromobility and automated driving. Going in chronological order, on October 5th and 6th, Cidaut was present at EV2017, Electric Vehicles International Conference & Show in Bucarest Romania. This event, technically co-sponsored by the IEEE, is a hub for electric mobility professionals with the possibility of presenting technical advances and testing the last novelties in sustainable solutions. In this scenario, and under the title “Lightweighting and passive safety for urban electric vehicle”, Cidaut presented a summary of the advanced technical solutions applied to three different solutions of urban electric vehicles structures: one of them based on CFRP, another one on multi-material and the last one on high strength steel solutions.

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Between the 23rd and 26th of October, Cidaut participated in CIBIM17, the XIII Congreso Iberoamericano de Ingeniería Mecánica, in Lisbon, Portugal. This event is a meeting with participants from most of the American countries and also from Europe with the aim of sharing the best practices in the Mechanical Engineering field. In this occasion Cidaut made a presentation entitled “Design and manufacturing of an urban, light, affordable and safe electric vehicle”. The most relevant results of the Urban-EV project were presented. Urban-EV is a European Project funded by the EC in the 7th Frame Programme that aims to reduce the weight of an urban electric vehicle using innovative solutions in materials and processes and improving at the same time the crashworthiness of the vehicle.

On the same week, between the 25th and 27th of October, Cidaut presented in San Sebastian, Spain, its vision on the future steps on automated vehicles. In the frame of The Future of Advance Manufacturing Congress, and under the title “Implementation of connected vehicles and autonomous driving in the market. Evolution or revolution”, Cidaut exposed the equilibrium needed between the evolution of the connectivity the ADAS and the infrastructure in order to cover the necessary steps to reached the automated driving in a balanced way.

And finally, by the end of November, 22nd and 23rd, Cidaut participated in LEVS 2017, the Light Electric Vehicle Summit, presenting the paper “Passive safety in different structures of light electric vehicles”. In this occasion Cidaut showed the crass test results under simulation and testing of three different European Projects all of them from the 7th Frame Programme: elight, Plus-Moby and Urban-EV. The main message of this presentation is that it is possible to design and manufacture light urban electric vehicles with high safety standards. In this event Cidaut is also part of the Scientific Committee.

CIDAUT participates in the round table “The future of the automotive sector” organized by Hyundai, Bosch and El Español.

Madrid, 6th July 2017. The digital newspaper El Español, together with Hyundai and Bosch, organized a round table to discuss the multiple challenges of the automotive sector. Under the title “The future of the automotive sector” the meeting gathered more than ten experts that went into deep analysis of aspects related to the innovation, connectivity and disruptive technologies in the sector. The working day was divided in two main topics: Electromobility and Connectivity and Autonomous Driving.

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From left to right: Ricardo Olalla (Bosch); Carlos de la Cruz (CDTI); Javier Arboleda (Hyundai); Felipe Jiménez (INSIA); Roberto Álvarez (University  of Nebrija); Susana Gómez (DGT); Zaira Unzue (IBIL); Javier Romo (CIDAUT); Cecilia Medina, (SERNAUTO) and Miguel Ángel Uriondo (EL ESPAÑOL).

CIDAUT participated in the Connectivity and Autonomous Driving round table where the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the automated driving were analyzed from different points of view. CIDAUT’s representative highlighted the opportunities to enhance the driving safety and the inclusion of elder population and disabled people to be included in the mobility of the future. The importance of the autonomous vehicles to reduce the time-out and to improve the exploitation of the urban space was also explained. It was indicated that the development of the autonomous vehicle has to run in parallel and in a balanced way with the development of the connectivity, but not only the long range communication based on mobile application but also the short time communication based on emerging technologies. The seamless connectivity is a must to advance in the different levels of automation defined by SAE J3016.

Also CIDAUT`s representative highlighted the importance of the infrastructure for the transition phase to the automated mobility. Vehicles of different automation levels are going to share the roads for several decades and the infrastructure is the main responsible actor to homogenize this traffic. Another aspect to be taken into account is the acceptance by the users of the different Advanced Driving Assistance Systems, they should be friendly and in some cases transparent to the users.

CIDAUT on the vehicle Automatic pilot track

Progressive autonomous vehicle functions and levels have a great opportunity to create significant benefits to society and economy. Vehicles equipped with this cutting-edge technology will likely reduce crashes, energy consumption and pollution, as well as reduce costs associated with congestion.

Additionally, the integration of intelligent technology in vehicles have a great potential for providing increased mobility for certain population that today have difficulties in getting a flexible and accessible mobility in urban and interurban modalities. Fully autonomous cars could also improve land use, and create new business models based in new car sharing and travel infotainment passenger customized services.

These benefits are a fantastic pillar for Automotive OEMs and Tier1, Technology companies and technological R&D providers, as well as Governments to launch a highly involved and enthusiastic resources investment in developing within a fast rate and high quality level new technology development activities, integration and wide in-depth validation of electronic functions for qualifying cars in the track of a full autonomous vehicle.

Full target achievement will be a question of time taking into account the technology development rate in this field during last decade. Meanwhile, many challenges have still to be solved and managed from different perspectives. This is the reason why CIDAUT has reinforced his compromise with the involvement in technological advance.

CIDAUT’s vision of participation and involvement in progressive automatic pilot electronic functionalities is based in our positive background of knowledge capitalization due to our participation and contribution to international and national R&D activities and internal product, services and knowledge generation.

Main topics within CIDAUT strong background perspective related to automatic electronic functions development and integration are:

  • Design, development, and data processing & analysis of FOT and Naturalistic studies for the requirements in-depth evaluation and user acceptance from a cognitive and physic perspective.
  • Tests and studies in driver simulator lab
  • Architecture definition and instrumentation of HW/SW for experimental vehicles.
  • HMI system development fitted to driver environment and user requirements
  • Mobile Apps Development integrating with high engineering content integrating connectivity and geolocalization features.
  • Computational Vision: Function development of partial automation vision based sensors. RT Online Video processing and feature information extraction. Integration in experimental vehicles.
  • Driver monitoring and attention management system development vision sensor and sensor data fusion based.
  • Virtual predefinition of ADAS – EM actuators and vehicular dynamics integration.
  • Development of ITS technologies in roadway infrastructure for all road users safety enhancement. Support measures for progressive automatic vehicles.

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These practices have been put for the benefit and have been feed backed by a balanced participation in R&D projects contributing to the global state of the art in the field. As an example we have proudly participated in the following initiatives:

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These contributions were consolidated within EU 6th and 7th FP, and those were projects that started the track to progressive automation of vehicles. CIDAUT participation was focused in key aspects such as: human factor and driver cognitive ergonomics, HMI systems, application and functions development and technology evaluation by means of extensive FOTs and testing in driving simulator lab.

Additionally, the participation of CIDAUT within Spanish National R&D projects can be summarized in next figure:

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Thanks to these initiatives where CIDAUT has been working with the greatest involvement and enthusiastic illusion, we are proud to say that we are on the track of the future automatic pilot vehicles.

And from this point forward, we will continue increasing our efforts for moving towards the vehicle fatalities zero vision and mobility efficiency.