Automotive Testing Center Aldenhoven
In order to explore
future driver assistance
vehicle and mobility
was opened in
Center is a
joint project of the
the Kreis Düren
is funded by the
state of North Rhine
and the EU
, especially for small
The shared commitment
of the Innstitut für Kraftfahrzeuge Aachen
of the Lehrstuhl für Verbrennngskraftmaschinen
the Institut für Regelungstechnik
, as well as the Kreis Düren
represented by the
, the first phase
and the ability
attractive not only
for the many
automotive suppliers in
but also for companies
from other industries
such as communications
traffic management and others.
With its six different route elements, the ATC offer a broad framework as an environment for various tests . In this context, Galileo test areas for motor vehicles and rail vehicles are constructed , which are unique in Europe . The physical infrastructure enables the flexible representation of relevant traffic and crossing situations with the already available Galileo -based localizing function .
If you are interested , please visit the homepage of the ATC to get more information about the individual route elements , etc.
The ATC is integrated into the project Campus Aldenhoven of Düren .
Development of sustainable propulsion systems
With the Center for
, RWTH Aachen University
takes advantage out of another
emphasis has been
upcoming global changes
and distribution of energy will have a significant impact on the mobile sector. Within the existing
for power distribution
there will be a movement towards the power supply.
The research objectives of the MTE in the field of new and sustainable propulsion systems by workingn with the CMP are the following
- bisection of the number of cars, which are operated with conventional fuels in city traffic by 2030
- complete resignation of such vehicles in cities by 2050
- achieve an essentially CO2-free city logistics in major urban centers by 2030
besection of CO2
emissions by 2020
in the aviation industry
(based on the
In order to meet those goals , research objectives have been established under the direction of the profile area MTE :
- Environmentally friendly, safe and silent vehicles for all modes of road vehicles, such as ships, rail vehicles and aircrafts
- Environmentally friendly fuels and related infrastructure
- Holistic sustainability evaluations and modelling of vehicles and propulsion systems
Startup of the two Galileo test areas at RWTH Aachen University
recently are gaining more importance
in the field of
individual modes of transport
This development is allowed for by
In contrast to
such as GPS
provides users with a
and information on
in real time.
As part of the Task Force Galileo Online: GO! a GNNS signal receiver for navigation with Galileo signals and a rudimentary Fleet Management Program is developed. In addition to increased accuracy in the position localization using Galileo signals , the receiver convinced by very short latency times and a very fast signal recovery after it briefly lost GNNS signal (eg through a tunnel ride). Due to the high positioning accuracy and the latency , the receiver is perfectly to be used in highly dynamic leveler technical solutions in the post set (eg . targeted braking and automatic coupling of trains ) . The field of application of the receiver will be mainly in the field of web navigation. Specifically, a classical object is used in the field of logistics freight station to show the high potential of the receiver with respect to the automation in the rail industry (based on the projects Sipos and Flex Cargo Rail ) within the framework of this project.
For this purpose, a freight station scenario is built at which several autonomous trains are able to deliver ware in an optimal sequence . In this connection autonomous agents developed at IRT test vehicles ( buggies ) can be used . The entire system will be tested in the Galileo test centers in Wildenrath ( railGATE ) and Aldenhoven ( automotiveGATE /ATC ) . Due to the adjustable GNNS signal quality, the infrastructure at those test centers is perfect to test the reliability of the system. The project is financed by the DLR/ Space Agency .
Optimisation of the performance of multimodal logistics chains
Despite of ambitious reduction targets, rising resource costs and the growing internationalisation of external costs, both the demand for transport services in freight and passenger mobility are rising
contribution to reventing the
contrained capacity is
freight and passenger
made up of the integration
modes of transport
the transport system
in terms of the required time
In this context significant technical , planning , informational and organizational barriers still have to be overcome. At this point, the know- how of the actors of the RWTH Aachen University make a significant contribution . The development of drive and storage systems for new modes as well as the design of international standards and intermodal interfaces for multimodal data consistent telematics systems are the key points. Other issues are the d evelopment of robust timetables and real-time capable routing systems based on advanced methods of operations research , infrastructure and transportation system planning and mobility management and the design of appropriate incentive schemes based on surveys acceptance of multimodal freight and passenger traffic.
Specific planning tasks on long-term level are the integrated concept, infrastructure and capacity planning of the transport system and the selection and integration of new means of transport and transport services in the system. In the short and medium-term level interface-free information , booking and payment systems are to be developped and integrated . In addition, appropriate incentive systems and optimizing control systems need to be developed . Overall, the result are complex tasks that can only be solved by referring to the skills of mechanical engineering, transport and urban planning as well as computer science, electrical engineering, social sciences and economics only in interdisciplinary co-work.
Improvement of traffic safety and reduction of traffical side effects
Mobility is often
basic human need
and is therefore demanded by the society. It is mandatory to counterpart the personal, social and
economic benefits of
the society's effort
These are primarily being manifested
by the high
energy demand and
and traffic accidents
Reducing the number of traffic fatalities remains a major challenge on the road , because worldwide each year more than 1.2 million people die in traffic accidents. In terms of road safety , the European Commission has set a reduction in the number of fatalities by 50 percent based on 2010 levels by 2020 . To achieve this goal, it is necessary to exhaust all the potential to increase road safety.
In addition to the possibilities of passive safety measures, active measures offer a much greater potential by prev enting accidents and are also associated with lower economic costs . Apart from that it is obvious, that vehicles should meet specific customer requirements for a comfortable, sustainable and sporty car .
Overall, the modern automobile needs to meet the three main requirements efficiency, driving safety and driving experience, even though they are quite oppositional. An important model in this context are advanced driver assistance systems, which aim to assist the driver. The driver itself is at the center of the traffic , since he is ultimately responsible for maintaining the vehicle in accordance with the Vienna Convention . The action of the driver is grouped into the following th ree levels:
- navigation level : In this case, the driver decides on his route within an existing road network , which he pursued while driving.
- web guiding level : At this level, the driver selects hia road according to his perception of the road, the surrounding traffic from a target speed and a target price.
- stabilization level : In this case, the driver acts as a controller by operating the primary controls such as steering wheel , traction and brake pedal and gearshift lever suitable.
of the driver is located on the web
the driver can be supplied with information and warnings on this level regarding the correct
If the driver doesn't react as desired, advanced driver
assistance systems can
help to optimize the alignment
avoid every possible accident.
Another way to relieve the driver is the automation of parts of the driving task . While active, adaptive cruise control is state of the art nowadays, it will soon be replaced by modern techniques with which the driving task, for example, will be completly transformed to the car by the driver. This is just a matter of time until legal conditions can be met.