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V-Charge

Project reference: 269916
Funded under

V-Charge - Autonomous Valet Parking and Charging for e-Mobility

From 2011-06-01 to 2015-09-30, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 694 872

EU contribution:

EUR 5 630 000

Coordinated in:

Switzerland

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Smart car system for optimal combination of public and individual transportation

The V-Charge project is based on the vision that, due to required drastic decrease of CO2 production and energy consumption, mobility will undergo important changes in the years to come. This includes new concept for an optimal combination of public and individual transportation as well as the introduction of electrical cars that need coordinated recharging. A typical scenario of such a concept might be automatic drop-off and recovery of a car without taking care of parking or re-charging. The objective of this project is to develop a smart car system that allows for autonomous driving in designated areas and can offer advanced driver support in urban environments. The final goal is the demonstration and implementation of a fully operational future car system including autonomous local transportation, valet parking and battery charging on the campus of ETH Zurich and TU Braunschweig.

Objective

The project V-Charge is based on the vision that, due to required drastic decrease of CO2 production and energy consumption, mobility will undergo important changes in the years to come. This includes new concept for an optimal combination of public and individual transportation as well as the introduction of electrical cars that need coordinated recharging. A typical scenario of such a concept might be automatic drop-off and recovery of a car in front of a train station without taking care of parking or re-charging. Such new mobility concepts require among other technologies autonomous driving in designated areas. The objective of this project is to develop a smart car system that allows for autonomous driving in designated areas (e.g. valet parking, park and ride) and can offer advanced driver support in urban environments. The final goal in four years is the demonstration and implementation of a fully operational future car system including autonomous local transportation, valet parking and battery charging on the campus of ETH Zurich and TU Braunschweig. The envisioned key contribution is the development safe and fully autonomous driving in city-like environments using only low-cost GPS, camera images, ultrasonic sensors and radar. Within the proposed project, the focus will therefore be set on the following main topics: Development of machine vision systems based upon close-to-market sensor systems (such as stereo vision, radar, ultrasonic etc.) as well as the integration and fusion of each sensors data into a detailed world model describing static and dynamic world contents by means of online mapping and obstacle detection and tracking.\tComputer-base situation assessment within the world model as well as describing dependencies and interactions between separate model components (e.g. separate dynamic objects). For this purpose, the integration of market-ready map-material (i.e. originating from navigation systems) as well as the use of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication shall be explored. Precise low-cost localization in urban environments through the integration of standard satellite-based technologies with visual map-matching approaches combining both the onboard-perception system and available map material. Highly adaptive global and local planning considering dynamic obstacles (cars, pedestrians) and their potential trajectory.

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Coordinator

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 1 592 112


Tannenstrasse 3
8092 Zurich
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Roland Siegwart
Tel.: +41 44 632 23 58
Fax: +41 44 632 11 81
E-mail

Participants

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 713 800


POCKELSSTRASSE
38106 BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
Administrative contact: Mareike Schmidt
Tel.: +49 531 391 3247
Fax: +49 531 391 5936
E-mail
VOLKSWAGEN AG
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 405 907


Berliner Ring
38436 WOLFSBURG
Germany
Administrative contact: Jan Effertz
Tel.: +49 5361 896 2321
Fax: +49 5361 957 76922
E-mail
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 702 461


Robert-Bosch Platz
70839 GERLINGEN-SCHILLERHOEHE
Germany
Administrative contact: Christina Kolbe
Tel.: +49 5121 49 5411
Fax: +49 5121 49 4190
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 611 360


VIA UNIVERSITA
43100 PARMA
Italy
Administrative contact: Alberto Broggi
Tel.: +390521905707
Fax: +390521905723
E-mail
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 604 360


University Offices, Wellington Square
OX1 2JD OXFORD
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Linda Polik
Tel.: +44 1865 289811
Fax: +44 1865 289801
E-mail
Record Number: 97865 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01