Global engineering service provider FEV showcases its expertise and tools related to autonomous and connected vehicles at this year’s 26th Aachen Colloquium Automobile and Engine Technology. The focus of the exhibit is FEV’s own smart vehicle fleet, which includes Vehicle-2-Network connections and an extensive sensor system. A vehicle in the fleet demonstrates object detection using the vehicle sensor system at the FEV booth. A second vehicle shows the data processing and its conversion into direct driving orders as part of an autonomous test drive at the nearby Aldenhoven Testing Center. This test drive is streamed to the booth via the Vehicle-2-Network connection of the vehicle.
In addition to autonomous driving, the developers are also focusing on e-mobility: FEV is showing two different electric drive systems and a stationary energy storage system made from recycled electric vehicle batteries.
“Our presence at this year’s ACK will provide a cross-section of FEV’s range of services, with special focus on those technologies that will define mobility in the future,” says Professor Stefan Pischinger, President and CEO of the FEV Group. “In addition to the electric drive forms currently generating much discussion, these include automated drive functions and connectivity solutions for operation as emission-free as possible.”
Smart Vehicle Fleet as an Important Tool
For the first time, FEV will present its automated smart vehicle fleet at the ACK. The vehicles are part of an FEV project that is being carried out at various worldwide locations. Thanks to their general Vehicle-2-Network connection and extensive sensor system in the form of radars and LiDAR sensors, various cameras, GPS, and differential GPS, these vehicles are high-performance tools to master challenges such as the integration of new functions, interfaces, and components. They offer a wide range of possibilities – for FEV as well as for partners and customers. “As a flexible platform, these vehicles play an important role in the development and optimization of our control algorithms,” explains Stephan Tarnutzer, Vice President of Electronics and Head of the “Smart Vehicle” Center of Excellence at FEV. “They thus enable our engineers to make their innovations in ADAS and automated driving features more tangible. Furthermore, this platform can also be offered to partners and customers for joint ‘proof-of-concepts’ and to demonstrate new technologies and features.” Using a live stream achieved solely through the Vehicle-2-Network connection of the vehicle, the autonomous test drive will be broadcast at the FEV booth and can be followed there in real time.