Project duration: 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021
The trend towards autonomous driving is associated with high requirements on safety and reliability of all components of a modern vehicle architecture.
The aim of the AFFiAncE project is to create trust (affiance) in the technology of autonomous driving. The project will build a novel test bench to enable the development and verification of a safe and reliable autonomous vehicle architecture. The methodology developed within AFFiAncE will help to make autonomous driving marketable with the required safety and reliability. The research results will support the development and validation of future automotive products and services.
This project is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Project duration: 01.11.2018 - 31.10.2021
Autonomous electric vehicles will play a key role in future mobility. The electronics and sensor technology of these vehicles must be safe, powerful and reliable to the highest degree.
Fast-switching power semiconductors based on silicon carbide, for example, are used in the drive electronics of modern electric vehicles. On the one hand, these chips enable high energy efficiency, but on the other hand they place high demands on the electromagnetic compatibility of the other vehicle electronics due to their high switching frequencies. Increasing automation and digitization in vehicles in particular require highly reliable and secure communication both within and between vehicles to ensure functionality and safety.
The aim of the RobKom project (Robust Communication in Autonomous Electric Vehicles) is to develop an intelligent control system for fast-switching semiconductors in the drive electronics of modern electric vehicles. The research work in the project is intended to achieve an optimal balance between the trouble-free communication of individual components in the vehicle and the efficiency of the drive at all times by monitoring all components, combined with flexible control of the drive electronics.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.