Disruptive Modular Architecture for Agile, Automated Vehicle Concepts


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.


27th Aachen Colloquium Automobile and Engine Technology, Aachen09.10.2018
UNICARagil - Disruptive Modular Architectures for Agile, Automated Vehicle Concepts

This initial publication introduces the UNICARagil project. The most important research questions are addressed and the first approaches are presented.

Download DOI: 10.18154/RWTH-2018-229909

			author  = {Woopen, Timo and Lampe, Bastian and B\"oddeker, Torben and Eckstein, Lutz and Kampmann, Alexandru and Alrifaee, Bassam and Kowalewski, Stefan and Moormann, Dieter and Stolte, Torben and Jatzkowski, Inga and Maurer, Markus and M\"ostl, Mischa and Ernst, Rolf and Ackermann, Stefan and Amersbach, Christian and Leinen, Stefan and Winner, Hermann and P\"ullen, Dominik and Katzenbeisser, Stefan and Becker, Matthias and Stiller, Christoph and Furmans, Kai and Bengler, Klaus and Diermeyer, Frank and Lienkamp, Markus and Keilhoff, Dan and Reuss, Hans-Christian and Buchholz, Michael and Dietmayer, Klaus and Lategahn, Henning and Siepenk\"otter, Norbert and Elbs, Martin and v. Hin\"uber, Edgar and Dupuis, Marius and Hecker, Christian},
			title   = {{UNICARagil - Disruptive Modular Architectures for Agile, Automated Vehicle Concepts}},
			booktitle = {27th Aachen {{Colloquium}}},
			year    = {2018},
			month   = oct,
			address = {Aachen, Germany}
Study on mobility concepts of the future01.01.2019
Mobility concepts of the future – Results of a survey of 619 people in Germany as part of the UNICARagil project

The presentation elaborates the results of a user survey conducted among the population within the framework of the project. Requirements for the different vehicle concepts were asked.

Download DOI: 10.18154/RWTH-2018-231975

			author  = {Herzberger, Nicolas Daniel and Schwalm, Maximilian and Reske, Martin and Woopen, Timo and Eckstein, Lutz},
			title   = {{M}obilitätskonzepte der {Z}ukunft - {E}rgebnisse einer {B}efragung von 619 {P}ersonen in {D}eutschland im {R}ahmen des {P}rojekts {UNICAR}agil},
			year    = {2019},
			month   = jan,
			address = {Aachen, Germany},
			doi	= {10.18154/RWTH-2018-231975}

Project Coordination

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Technical University of Munich (TUM)

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Ulm University

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Karlsruher Institute of Technology

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Atlatec GmbH

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flyXdrive GmbH

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iMAR Navigation GmbH

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IPG Automotive GmbH

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Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

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Project volume

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


02/2018 – 01/2022


Overall Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen
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
E: timo.woopen@ika.rwth-aachen.de
T: +49 241 80 23549
F: +49 241 80 22147
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