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SmartLoad

New methods for enhancing the reliability of highly automated electric vehicles

The SmartLoad project investigates methods for verifying the reliability and safety required for new electronic systems used in highly automated electric vehicles. The idea for this project was developed within the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West network.

How can potential component failures be detected at an early stage, and how can they be handled? The project investigates new, efficient methods for predicting and preventing failures, in order to facilitate the successful industrialisation of the new electronic systems used in highly automated electric vehicles.

Objectives and methods

The loads to which tomorrow's vehicle concepts will be subjected are determined to the greatest extent by the highly automated functions of the integrated longitudinal and transverse control mechanisms used while driving. Their probability of failure must be reduced to a level analogous with aircraft. The SmartLoad project pursues the target of developing new methods of failure prediction and prevention to ensure vehicle reliability throughout their entire service life. This affects development, approval and operation alike. Standardised testing equipment and architectures for efficient verification methods in simulation are created on test benches and during real driving.

Innovations and outlook

The project targets the validation of new products and processes and extends well beyond mere prototype development. Standardised testing equipment and architectures for efficient verification methods in simulation are created on test benches and during real driving. Researched architectures and methods are verified using a demonstration vehicle and reference applications from inter-urban individual traffic, commercial vehicles and urban public transportation.

Project Profile

Projektwebsite: www.smartload-project.de

Project coordinator

  • AVL Deutschland GmbH

Project duration

  • 10/2018 – 09/2021

Project partners

  • AVL Deutschland GmbH
  • FAST - Institute of Vehicle System Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • FZI Research Center for Information Technology
  • IEW - Institute of Electrical Energy Conversion at the University of Stuttgart
  • IPEK - Institute of Product Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • RA Consulting GmbH
  • Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
  • SET Power Systems GmbH

Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.