Virtual test driving is part of the research project “IMAGinE”, which was initiated on September 1. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Over the next years, twelve project partners will develop standards for cooperative driving functions intended to make networked vehicles safer and more comfortable. To this end, IPG Automotive provides the open integration and test platform CarMaker for the virtual development and validation of the specific functions.
In the joint project IMAGinE (Intelligent maneuver automation – cooperative hazard avoidance in real time) new and innovative assistance systems are being developed which will support the cooperative driving of the future. Cooperative driving means that vehicles as well as traffic infrastructure are capable of interacting intelligently with each other via automated information sharing. Thus planned traffic maneuvers can be realized more easily. Critical situations in traffic can be reduced and driving becomes safer.
To make this vision come true IMAGinE will take on the technological challenge to develop new standards for automated information exchange between vehicles and traffic infrastructure as well as the alignment and the decision-making processes between intelligent systems and human beings. IMAGinE combines a consortium of twelve renowned companies and research institutions in Germany, which will work together closely to realize the research and development tasks. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with EUR 17.9 million over the next four years.
Virtual Development and Validation of Car2X Functions
In the future, the interaction of networked vehicles will also be simulated within the framework of virtual test driving. For the function development in the research project IMAGinE, IPG Automotive is developing methods for the simulation of several vehicles when testing cooperative driving functions. In addition to the computer simulation, a test system will be constructed for the development of Car2X functions. Furthermore, interfaces to other tools will be provided in order to include the simulation of traffic flow. The project IMAGinE takes account of the current challenges in the effort involved in development and testing. Virtual test driving is extended to include not only the reaction of the main vehicle but also the equal interaction between the different road users involved.
The consortium consists of the following members: ADAM Opel AG (project management), BMW AG, Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG, Daimler AG, IPG Automotive GmbH, MAN Truck & Bus AG, Nordsys GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Volkswagen AG, Center for Traffic Sciences of Würzburg GmbH, Hessen Mobil - road and traffic management as well as the Technical University of Munich as scientific partner.