Driving Guidance is the area of automotive ICT. Electronics are put to use for information, entertainment and driver support and will eventually take over driving tasks. The goal is to improve traffic flow, safety and the environment. HTAS aims to develop solutions to reduce travel time by 25%.
This is the new world of external systems that connect the car to the outside world in a two way communication for improved safety, traffic management (floating car data, road billing), infotainment downloads, internet, diagnosis and repair, security, etc. The connection is wireless and increasingly autonomous and will use a multitude of protocols for different purposes. Car2X communication will be the key supporting technology for a range of new services to be developed in the near future. This innovation area is particularly relevant to the Netherlands. Not only because of a strong industry in electronics, but also since Governmental plans for road billing necessitate all cars to be equipped with communication technology by 2012.
Vehicle Dynamics Control
Today, advanced chassis control systems use motion based sensing of the vehicle body and wheels as input to counteract undesirable vehicle motions. Directly measuring the forces between the tire and the road has not yet been possible. New sensing techniques, including virtual sensors, allow these forces to be measured directly, so that preventive actions can be taken earlier and more accurately to improve vehicle handling and stability. New integral chassis control strategies will be developed for a range of situations and vehicles.
Integrated Human Machine Interaction (HMI)
The load of new information systems in vehicles support, but also distract the driver. This calls for a new approach to the Human Machine Interface of vehicles. An integrated and adaptive HMI will tune the different functions to each other as well as to the state of the driver. This will increase driver comfort, reduce workload and decrease traffic risk and thus increase the added value of support systems for the driver.