Topics on the field of vehicle mechatronics

Component level design

  • modeling
  • qualitative specifications (trajectory following, driving stability, comfort, fuel, exhaust emissions),
  • robust control methods and algorithms

Cooperative control

Ensure the cooperation of the vehicles with the goals of (reducing fuel consumption and emissions).

Effects of the V2I/V2V communication:

  • Transport (average speed, vehicle density, waiting time)
  • Driving assistance (parking and lane/object detection)
  • Safety (detecting potentially dangerous situations, safety/hazards of changing lanes, warning of rapid deceleration/stop)

Intergated control design

Coordinated control of the influencing dynamic active actuators to prescribe operational requirements, in order to guarantee and increase safety and reliability.

  • Priority: ensuring the hierarchy between the actuators
  • Reconfigurable: guarantee of the changed quality tasks
  • Fault-tolerance control: manages the possible failure of the component

Coordinating the control system of the vehicle with the driver and the infrastructure

Factors of the Multi-criteria design task

  • travelling and shipping
  • energy demand, consumption
  • topography
  • restrictive boards, prescript
  • transporting vehicles
  • exhaust emissions
  • driver demands

Communication

Collecting vehicle state information, this information is safely used for developing new functions

Vehicle networks

  • CAN, LIN, FlexRay
  • Wireless data transfer

V2V and V2I communication

  • ad-hoc networks between vehicles

Cloud computing

  • Vehicle gateways
  • Smartphone platforms
  • Vehicle fleet management

Embedded systems

Developing future functions, requirements, and architecture of automotive electronic control units.

  • Automotive microcontroller architectures
  • Hardware design
  • Software design
  • Environmental resistance testing, automotive quality assurance standards
  • Sensorfusion
  • Autonomous functions
  • Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing and simulations.