The University of Surrey is an international university with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It offers students a unique combination of high academic standards, employment success and a prime location in beautiful surroundings, yet with ease of access to London. The University of Surrey leads the consortium with Dr Sorniotti as Project Coordinator. The University is responsible for the implementation of the vehicle simulators starting from the baseline model, with particular regard to the development of advanced design tools for the frequency response analysis of the powertrain, the automated plot of the moment method diagrams, the integration of advanced tyre models for the simulation of off-road conditions and the simulation-based design of the torque vectoring system.
Ilmenau University of Technology, established in 1894 as ‘Thüringisches Technikum’ (a State College of Engineering), has a strong longstanding tradition of uniting modern science, research and teaching. Within E-VECTOORC, Ilmenau University of Technology is responsible for the research in the subject area of brake regeneration control, ABS/TC control and HIL testing of active brake system hydraulics. The University will also provide a substantial contribution to the definition and development of the cost functions for the objective evaluation of the dynamic performance of the novel control system. Ilmenau University of Technology is coordinator of the dissemination and exploitation activities.
Jaguar and Land Rover are two unique brands. Jaguar has a long tradition of creating beautiful, fast saloon and sports cars which provide customers with comfort, refinement and an unrivalled driving experience. Land Rover is home to the world's most famous SUVs and all terrain vehicles and offers the ultimate off-road driving competence and experience, from the practical Land Rover Defender to the luxury Range Rover. Within E-VECTOORC, Jaguar – Land Rover have the fundamental role of setting the vehicle specifications, providing the baseline vehicle simulator including a conventional VDC algorithm, working with the powertrain designers for the implementation and testing of the vehicle demonstrator, and checking every step of the control system development.
Flanders' Drive was founded in 2001 by the automotive industry to increase the innovation through cooperation in the sector. Flanders' Drive wants to grow to an internationally recognised competence centre that strengthens competiveness of the automotive industry in Flanders' by keeping them at the forefront of the innovation process. Within E-VECTOORC, Flanders' Drive is working as the powertrain system integrator, including HIL testing of the 4WD system on the their rig. Also, Flanders' Drive leads the failsafe related activities and will develop and test the 4WD vehicle demonstrator.
Inverto is a technology company with more than 50 employees that designs and develops power electronics products. Inverto has its headquarters in Evergem (Belgium) and owns production facilities in Slovakia. Since its beginning in 1986, Inverto has evolved from a development and production company of standard AC motor drives to a strong research focused company that provides product development services to OEMs. Within E-VECTOORC, Inverto will develop and test (in their facilities) the power electronics and the electric motors, with particular attention to their dynamic characterisation and improvements according to the specifications for ABS / TC actuation, required for the implementation of the 4WD vehicle demonstrator. Also, Inverto will work on the related failsafe and redundancy issues and on the physical layout and testing of the components on the vehicle demonstrator.
Fundacion CIDAUT is a Spanish non-profit research and development centre in transport and energy. Their activities focus on the following areas: transport safety, materials–product–process, and energy and environment. Within E-VECTOORC, CIDAUT contributes in modelling the information and energy channels, and in integrating the vehicle dynamics and powertrain simulations; moreover, they will implement a model for the analysis of Electro-Magnetic Compatibility, and the set of validation manoeuvres for assessing the performance of the VDC. Finally, CIDAUT will support the partners in developing the failsafe and shutdown procedures.
The Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITA) is a public non-profit research centre that was established in 1984 by the regional government of Aragon to foster development and innovation technology services to industry, for the development of new products and processes as well as the implementation of advanced technologies, encouraging the ongoing renovation of the companies of that region. Within E-VECTOORC, ITA is responsible for the implementation of the control software of the ABS / TC systems, and the novel VDC. The experimental tests about EMC will be carried out in the new EM anechoic chamber of Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón.
ŠKODA AUTO a.s. Few companies (only four in the world) can boast a hundred years of know-how and experience in car design and manufacture. In 1991, Škoda Auto tied onto the past and re-entered global markets under the VW Group. Years of research and constant progress led to production of unique automobiles that satisfy customers’ high aesthetical and technical requirements. Within E-VECTOORC, ŠKODA AUTO contributes in:
I) supply of the vehicle data and functional specifications for vehicle applications very different from the baseline vehicle adopted for the final demonstration (in particular segment A and B passenger vehicles of the VW Group);
II) collaboration for the quantitative design of the HMI for the novel control system and the implementation of the novel control systems on different virtual EV platforms;
III) responsibility for the implementation of the interface of the overall control system with collision avoidance systems and for the overall implementation of the HMI related electronics on a HIL rig and on the E-VECTOORC vehicle demonstrator;
IV) assessment of the overall benefits of the implemented control system, with particular focus on on-road conditions.
VIF Kompetenzzentrum - Das virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH. Located in Graz / Austria, the VIF has positioned itself as an independent, international platform for research and development in the automotive industry. It addresses the gap between academic research and the needs of industrial research and development departments. Within E-VECTOORC, VIF has the fundamental role of providing methodological innovation, through the development, implementation and application of the optimisation algorithms for the automated tuning of the parameters of the control system designed by the other partners of the consortium. Having already carried out cutting edge research in the subject area, VIF will provide support for the modelling activity of the communication buses and for the development of the torque vectoring system.
TRW Automotive Lucas Varity GmbH is one of the world’s leading developers and suppliers of active and passive automotive safety systems such as steering, braking and driver assistance systems. TRW employs almost 34,000 people in Europe and 65,000+ worldwide and serves all major OE vehicle manufacturers worldwide. In an effort to reduce energy consumption and lower emissions beyond a vehicle's engine / power source, TRW is developing and is already producing novel systems that analyse and adapt themselves to ever-changing driving conditions to improve fuel efficiency, such as regenerative braking systems for hybrid and non-hybrid vehicle applications, and electrically assisted steering systems. Within E-VECTOORC, TRW takes on the role of designing and supplying the brake system components for the vehicle demonstrator. In addition, TRW provides expert knowledge on safety systems and sensor technology, which is essential for the development of control strategies.