UNICARagil

Disruptive Modular Architecture for Agile, Automated Vehicle Concepts

Motivation

Autonomous electric vehicles will play a key role in mastering the challenges relating the increasing demand for mobility and the ongoing urbanization. They provide the basis for sustainable and smart road traffic, innovative mobility and transport concepts as well as improved road safety and urban quality of life.

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Sketch of the overall system

Objectives and approach

In the UNICARagil project, fully automated, driverless, electric vehicles will be developed based on the latest results of research in automated and connected driving as well as electric mobility. The foundation for this will be a modular and scalable vehicle concept, which is consisting of a utility and a drive unit. It can be adapted to a variety of applications in logistics and passenger transport. In particular, these applications can be utilized by driverless, locally emission-free vehicles. Key component of the research and development work is the functional vehicle architecture, which is connected to the cloud, the road infrastructure and a sensor drone. Further key areas are the development of generic sensor modules for environment detection and a flexible expandable and updateable software and hardware architecture along with highly dynamic wheel hub drives. These enable the vehicle to perform completely new forms of movement. The finalization of the project consists of a demonstration in four different applications on test fields in Germany.

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E/E-architecture: Electronics as the basis for automated driving

Innovations and prospects

The Project offers the chance for a wide range of innovations in components and systems for automated electric vehicles as well as in the realization of automated driving functions. UNICARagil provides a substantial contribution to increasing Germany’s innovative power in automated electric driving. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary research, development and teaching in several scientific locations in Germany will be systematically integrated and strengthened.

Project Coordination

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RWTH Aachen University

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Partners

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TU Braunschweig

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[Logo: TU Darmstadt]

TU Darmstadt

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Technical University of Munich (TUM)

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University of Stuttgart

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[Logo: Universität Ulm]

Ulm University

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[Logo: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie]

Karlsruher Institute of Technology

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[Logo: Atlatec GmbH]

Atlatec GmbH

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[Logo: flyXdrive GmbH]

flyXdrive GmbH

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[Logo: iMAR Navigation GmbH]

iMAR Navigation GmbH

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[Logo: IPG Automotive GmbH]

IPG Automotive GmbH

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[Logo: Schaeffler]

Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

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[Logo: VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH]

VIRES Simulationstechnologie GmbH

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Facts

Project volume

23.3 million € (94 % of which are funded by the BMBF)

Term

02/2018 – 01/2022

Contact

Overall Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen
Germany
E: lutz.eckstein@ika.rwth-aachen.de
T: +49 241 80 25600
F: +49 241 80 22147

Project Manager

Timo Woopen
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen
Germany
E: timo.woopen@ika.rwth-aachen.de
T: +49 241 80 23549
F: +49 241 80 22147
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