Supporting the driver in conserving energy and reducing emissions

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IKA - Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge der RWTH Aachen University

Location: Aachen, Germany

Main contact: Adrian Zlocki, Head of Driver Assistance, zlocki@ika.rwth-aachen.de

Role in ecoDriver:

  • Leader of WP13: Evaluations of feedback solutions
  • Leader of WP23: Simulation analysis of in-vehicle algorithms
  • Leader of WP33: System integration and piloting
  • Responsible for the German Vehicle Management Centre

Services/field of expertise:

Corresponding to its main areas of work, IKA comprises six departments: chassis, body, drivetrain, acoustics, electronics and traffic. This wide range of competencies enables ana­lysing and optimising the vehicle as a whole paying attention to the complex interactions between its individual subsystems.

Other projects:

Website: www.ika.rwth-aachen.de

Short overview of the organisation:

The Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge (IKA) is an institute of the RWTH Aachen University and is active in the field of applied automotive research. IKA’s activities are tailored to industrial demands. Public funding, industrial sponsoring as well as a great deal of personal effort on behalf of the institute’s staff are major factors to make the equipment available, which is required in research and advanced development projects for the vehicle industry. IKA is engaged in teaching and industry-orientated research projects on vehicles as well as related issues such as traffic and environmental conditions (noise, exhaust gas, etc.).

The department for driver assistance deals with the development and assessment of driver assistance systems in order to enhance traffic safety, increase driving comfort and traffic efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and thus environmental impacts. IKA covers the complete development chain with regard to these systems. For the development and assessment of the HMI and user-related aspects a fixed-based and motion-based driving simulator are used in an early stage of the process or when dangerous scenarios are investigated. Especially for the analysis of impacts on driver behaviour, test vehicles are used.

Role in ecoDriver:

IKA will perform a driving simulator study in SP1 (Supporting Drivers in ecoDriving) in order to assess different HMI concepts for eco-driving. This includes a definition of an Evaluation Plan of simple feedback solutions which have been developed in WP12 (ecoDriving system development and HMI feedback) as well as the development and implementation of target test scenarios.

Within SP2 (Real-time Calculation of Energy Use and Emissions), IKA will develop a simulation model for premium cars and conduct simulations in order to validate the simulation models for real time calculation of energy use and the emissions. This includes development of test scenarios.

Furthermore, IKA will integrate the systems developed in SP1 (Supporting Drivers in ecoDriving) into IKA’s testing vehicle for the field trails. IKA is responsible for preparations in order to successfully log, transmit and store the specified data in all field trails. Additionally, within WP33 (System integration and piloting), IKA will be managing the German Vehicle Management Centre for the field trails.

Other projects (related to ecoDriver):

IKA was responsible for the analysis and assessment of HMI in the European projects Protector, Chameleon, Prevent, Intersafe etc. IKA was also involved in the national projects KONVOI and Predictive Energy Management. For KONVOI, IKA developed the HMI for an automated truck platooning application. For the other project, Predictive Energy Management, IKA developed an own hybrid vehicle (Opel Corsa) and implemented a predictive driving strategy. Based on information from digital maps, traffic information and ADAS sensors, the driving situation is analysed and predicted and the optimal driving strategy is determined and communicated to the driver. In other bilateral projects with the automotive industry (e.g. development of a series ACC for trucks (WABCO)), IKA dealt with the optimisation of energy consumption taking into account information from on-board ADAS sensors, digital maps, traffic information etc. IKA also analysed the impacts of driving behaviour on fuel consumption in several other projects.


ecoDriver Final Event 

16-17 March 2016, Stuttgart (Germany)

Presentations and photos now available


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