Funded in the context of the European Green Cars Initiative PPP (www.green-cars-initiative.eu), EcoGem aims at providing efficient ICT-based solutions to sustainable mobility by designing and developing a Fully Electric Vehicle (FEV)-oriented highly-innovative Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), equipped with suitable monitoring, learning, reasoning and management capabilities that will help increase the FEV’s autonomy and energy efficiency.
EcoGem will base its approach on rendering the FEV:
EcoGem’s view is that the success and user acceptability of Fully Electric Vehicles will predominantly depend on their electrical energy consumption rate and the corresponding degree of autonomy that they can offer. FEVs must provide their drivers with the highest possible autonomy, as well as with a high degree of reliability and robustness in terms of energy performance. EcoGem argues that appropriate innovative ICT solutions must be pursued and adopted to assist the driver in dealing with such energy-related issues and strengthen FEVs’ autonomy and reliability.
EcoGem’s key-objective is to integrate intelligence and learning functionalities to on-board ADAS for FEVs, enabling autonomous as well as interactive learning through V2X interfacing. This learning process will eventually render each EcoGem FEV capable of autonomously classifying routes according to their degree of congestion, enabling energy-driven route planning optimisation. The EcoGem ADAS will additionally cater for the complete planning of the vehicle’s recharging strategy. This optimisation process will typically include automated battery monitoring and various levels of pro-activeness, optimised scheduling according to several parameters (battery levels, energy consumption rate, desired destination, present location, daytime, traffic, user agenda, etc.), and real-time booking of recharging points.
EcoGem architecture will integrate both infrastructure-side and vehicle-side systems and services. The following picture provides a summary view of the high-level EcoGem Concept Architecture
TEMSA GLOBAL (TK)
PININFARINA SPA (IT)
PTV, PLANUNG TRANSPORT VERKEHR (DE)
EUVE, EUROPEAN VIRTUAL ENGINEERING FUNDACION (ES)
HI IBERIA INGENIERIA Y PROYECTOS (ES)
UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD (GB)
INSTYTUT TRANSPORTU SAMOCHODOWEGO (PL)
ICCS, INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION & COMPUTER SYSTEMS (GR)
COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES (GR)
SOFTECO SISMAT (IT)
EcoGem will focus on:
Development of an on-board ADAS equipped with monitoring and machine learning functionality, targeted for route planning and recharging optimisation
Development of an enhanced traffic and recharging management platform at the infrastructure side
Provision of secure and open interfaces to the knowledge and information of the platform
Definition and development of V2V interactions and interfaces
Definition and development of V2I/I2V interactions and interfaces
Development of mechanisms and software tools for data security, user privacy, safety and acceptability
Development of a FEV-oriented traffic simulation platform
Validation through simulation trials
Validation through field trials with test vehicles
To achieve these goals, EcoGem will innovate and implement a range of advanced technologies and solutions tailored for the FEV:
Continuous monitoring of the vehicle’s
Battery level and energy consumption
Autonomous optimised route planning
Cooperative optimised route planning
Continuous awareness of recharging points and optimised recharging strategy
Online management of recharging points
Holistic approach for energy efficiency and operational cost optimisation
To allow the demonstration and trial of a completely functional solution – and minimise time-to-market – for the integration and testing of the proposed technologies and solutions, EcoGem has undertaken both lab tests and field trials. Simulated evaluationshas been carried out using an enhanced simulation environment provided by TECNALIA and HIB. Then, two kinds of field trials have been performed using test electric vehicles: (i) field trials in controlled environments, in Pininfarina’s test facility in Cambiano (Torino) and TEMSA test environment in Adana(Turkey); (ii) field trials within urban regions (city trials). The latter will be performed in Bavaria (Germany) using facilities and services provided by PTV and VIB (Bavarian Traffic Information Agency).
For field trials actual FEVs are provided by
Pininfarina – Nido EV, a 2-seater city car prototype FEV, approaching sustainable mobility from different angles (use of alternative materials, active and passive safety, native integration with intelligent traffic management); prototype test vehicle for on-street tests and
TEMSA – two alternative platforms for public transportation (reference vehicle design for system development and assessment)
small size vehicle – 20/22 passengers
large size vehicle – 30/35 passengers
© Nido EV - Pininfarina © TEMSA Global
The following video (2.15 mins) shows the EcoGem on-street tests carried out by Pininfarina using a Nido EV prototype vehicle in Cambiano (Torino).
Project is running, stay tuned for updates on results!