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Enthone Gmbh and Volkswagen AG | Date: 2017-03-29
The invention relates to a corrosion protection layer system for metal surfaces, said layer system comprising as the two top most layers: a) a discontinuous nickel-phosphorous layer and b) a chromium layer plated from a trivalent chromium electrolyte solution, as well as to a method of producing such a layer system. The inventive layer system is capable to combine the good corrosion resistance of the nickel-phosphorous layer against sodium chloride with the protective power of the chromium layer from the trivalent plating process against magnesium and calcium salts, especially without the need for any post-treatment.
Volkswagen AG and Audi AG | Date: 2017-03-29
An interactive vehicle navigation system (100) provides not only navigation instructions to arrive at a destination but also a three-dimensional (3D) animated preview that provides a realistic view of a specified destination, including three-dimensional imagery of recognizable landmarks in the surroundings at the destination. The point of view from which the 3D animated preview is generated is selected as to provide a vantage of the locale that avoids obstructions to the users view, such as from a point of view that is higher than street level.
Volkswagen AG | Date: 2017-10-04
The invention relates to a method for detecting bucking of a motor vehicle, wherein a wheel speed of a driven wheel and a wheel speed of a non-driven wheel are detected, wherein on the basis of a change in the measured wheel speed, the bucking of the motor vehicle is detected. Detection of the bucking is improved by the fact that a change in the wheel speed of the driven wheel is compared with the change in the wheel speed of the non-driven wheel in order to detect bucking on the basis of a vibration excitation in the drive train.
Volkswagen AG and Audi AG | Date: 2017-09-20
A navigation system, apparatus and method for prioritizing and geometrically linearizing navigational data/content, where internal navigational data having one or more first navigational destinations and/or locations are stored. A global positioning apparatus may be operatively coupled to a processor in the navigation system and configured to determine a current car position. Communications operatively coupled to the processor may be configured to receive (504) external navigational data comprising one or more second navigational destinations and/or locations, wherein the processor may be configured to prioritize (522) the internal and external navigational data according to at least one of a source and/or type. The processor may also be configured to process (524) the internal and external navigational data to generate a linearized representation of navigational paths for the prioritized first and second navigational destinations and/or locations relative to the current car position.
Volkswagen AG and Audi AG | Date: 2017-09-13
A system for transitioning from a semi-autonomous driving mode to a manual driving mode comprises a navigation system to determine a route to a destination, a vehicle head unit to receive data that comprises information related to a geographic zone in which autonomous driving is discouraged or prohibited along the determined route to the destination, a processor to process the received data to determine if the semi-autonomous driving vehicle in autonomous mode is approaching a geographic zone in which autonomous driving is discouraged or prohibited.A notification to the driver of the semi-autonomous driving vehicle is issued to request the driver to manually drive in response to a determination that the semi-autonomous driving vehicle is approaching the geographic zone in which autonomous driving is discouraged or prohibited.
Volkswagen AG and Audi AG | Date: 2017-09-20
The present disclosure includes automated vehicles having optimized driving profiles including optimized speed profiles for execution between obstacles in consideration of economy of operation, and method thereof.
Volkswagen AG | Date: 2017-09-27
Control device (1) for an internal combustion engine (2), having a function which determines a reference variable (x(t)) taking into account an operating state information item (FW, SB) of an upper limit and a cumulated actual variable, which reference variable (x(t)) influences an operating state of the internal combustion engine (2) with the result that multiple actual variables are set in such a way that in an operating time period with a combination of different arbitrary operating states of the internal combustion engine (2), set in a random sequence, cumulated actual variables do not exceed upper limits for this operating time period, wherein a target function is minimized by selecting the reference variable (x(t)) from Pareto-optimum alternatives by means of an indifference curve (I).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SCC-1-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 21.72M | Year: 2016
mySMARTLife project aims at the development of an Urban Transformation Strategy to support cities in the definition of transition models, as a suitable path to reach high level of excellence in its development process, addressing the main city challenges and progressing to the smart people and smart economy concepts. The main instrument to achieve this very ambitious strategy will be the definition of the Advanced Urban Planning, consisting of an integrated approach of the planned city interventions on the basis of a rigorous impact assessment, an active citizen engagement in the decision-making process and a structured business approach, from the city business model perspective, to the economic framework for big companies and local SMEs and Start-Ups. Nantes (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland) are the lighthouse cities and Varna (Bulgaria), Bydgoszcz (Poland), Rijeka (Croatia) and Palencia (Spain) the followers. All of them will be involved in the overall project development assuming different and complementary roles. Energy and Climate mitigation plans in the lighthouse cities are completely compliant with the objectives of Covenant of Mayors initiative, as it is reflected; first regarding the early participation of the cities in Covenant of Mayors and second, considering the ambition of their SEAPs, that were submitted, evaluated, approved and are monitored by Covenant of Mayors. Aligned with these objectives, the commitment of the lighthouses is the deployment of a big set of large scale interventions and at least two years of data collection to make a depth analysis of the results, calculating standard KPIs, evaluating the associated impacts and disseminating the results. Followers will be very close to this demonstration, collaborating in the definition and deployment, analysing the problem from the point of view of their own city challenges and extracting knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt for a further replication.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: GV-11-2016 | Award Amount: 3.50M | Year: 2017
The FUTURE-RADAR project will support the European Technology Platform ERTRAC (the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and the European Green Vehicle Initiative PPP to create and implement the needed research and innovation strategies for a sustainable and competitive European road transport system. Linking all relevant stakeholders FUTURE-RADAR will provide the consensus-based plans and roadmaps addressing the key societal, environmental, economic and technological challenges in areas such as road transport safety, urban mobility, long distance freight transport, automated road transport, global competitiveness and all issues related to energy and environment. FUTURE-RADAR will also facilitate exchange between cities in Europa, Asia and Latin America on urban electric mobility solutions. The FUTURE-RADAR activities include project monitoring, strategic research agendas, international assessments and recommendations for innovation deployment as well as twinning of international projects and comprehensive dissemination and awareness activities. Overall it can be stated that FUTURE-RADAR provides the best opportunity to maintain, strengthen and widen the activities to further develop the multi-stakeholder road transport research area, for the high-quality research of societal and industrial relevance in Europe.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMBP-08-2016 | Award Amount: 9.02M | Year: 2016
6 of the European carmakers (DAIMLER, VW, TME, CRF, VOLVO, Opel), under the coordination of EUCAR, have joined forces to commonly address the high cost issue of innovations in vehicle lightweighting, having identified it as the major bottleneck towards their implementation in vehicle series and mass production. The AffordabLe LIghtweight Automobiles AlliaNCE (ALLIANCE) has the ambition to develop novel advanced materials (steel, aluminium, hybrid) and production technologies, aiming at an average 25% weight reduction over 100k units/year, at costs of <3 /kg. Additionally, ALLIANCE will develop a mass-optimizer software tool and a multi-parameter design optimisation methodology and process, aiming at an accelerated pre-assessment of technologies over existing designs in a holistic framework. ALLIANCE will work on 8 different demonstrators of real vehicle models, 6 of which will be physically tested, aiming at market application by OEMs within 6 years from project end (in 2025). A transferability and scalability methodology will also be developed for results replication across other vehicle components and models in other segments. ALLIANCE aims at becoming a central hub for innovation in lightweight design in Europe. To do so, it will establish an open inclusive framework towards external centres and clusters in this field, involving them in ALLIANCE development through an open lightweight design contest and dedicated workshops.