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27/03/2012

Eindhoven University driving smart mobility agenda

At Intertraffic Amsterdam innovative ITS and smart mobility solutions for cleaner, more efficient and safer transport systems come together in the Smart Mobility Centre, where attendees can find inspiration, expertise and network opportunities in various settings. This important industry event is organised by Eidhoven Technucal University of Technology (TU/e). Here, Dr. Carlo van de Weijer, director strategic area Smart Mobility at (TU/e) gives the background on why this is important now, and overleaf, we provide some themes and highlights of what will be covered in this important element of this year’s Intertraffic Amsterdam will provide.

Our world faces numerous social challenges presented by the everlasting demand for mobility and the impact this has on space and environment. Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) believes that technology is the answer to problems like traffic jams, polluting emissions and car accidents. The university is committed to developing knowledge and innovative technologies to help achieve sustainable mobility for society. More than 200 researchers contribute every day to make mobility and transport more intelligent and productive, and to make vehicles safer, cleaner, and more efficient.

Less stress on the road, no more unexpected delays caused by traffic jams, less impact on the environment, and accident prevention. It seems like an impossible task, because our growing population and prosperity may lead to even more traffic. However, at TU/e we see many opportunities for tackling mobility problems with technological solutions. We aim to achieve sustainable mobility without losing sight of the freedom and joy that cars have brought us.

Making cars smarter, cleaner, and safer. Cars that know exactly which route to take to avoid traffic jams. Cars that can brake, accelerate, and steer on their own, thanks to intelligent sensors that perform even better than humans do.

That increases safety. We see a bright future for electric powertrains and focus a lot of our research in that area. We are also working on developing engines that run on sustainable fuels, with exhaust fumes that are cleaner than the surrounding environment. Going beyond zero emissions is an attractive goal.

A productive and efficient traffic network calls for smart planning and communication. For well-organised logistics and traffic flows to ensure, for example, that there are no empty trucks on the road. For models that will provide insight into the future mobility needs of people, so we can act accordingly. And for intelligent transport systems: vehicles that communicate with one another, their drivers, and the environment and can travel safely, without delays, through traffic. We develop the road towards in-car centric traffic management that will soon make those dynamic routing panels and other roadside equipment redundant.”

Smart Mobility Knowledge Centre

Some themes and highlights

Below are just some themes and interrelated programme examples of the special three-day Smart Mobility Seminar Programme.

In-car technology: opportunities for smart traffic management

In-car technology developments are running fast. Intelligent vehicles bring lots of opportunities for improving dynamic traffic management and making traffic flows safer, cleaner and more effective. But how is human behaviour affected by new in-car information technology? Today, the in-car technology theme will be discussed in various seminar sessions in the Smart Mobility Knowledge Centre, seminar room 1 – see page 27 for the programme.

Smart Parking Solutions

Parking is a big issue in most cities nowadays. As the idea of smart cities is becoming a reality, smart parking is one of the first applications that springs to mind and which has to be addressed. Today, smart parking solutions are presented in various seminar sessions in the Smart Mobility Knowledge Centre, seminar room 2 – see page 28.

ITS: Working on smart and cooperative mobility solutions around Europe

In recent years, there has been a great amount of activities around Europe in order to realise the vision of cooperative and smart mobility. Tomorrow and Thursday, smart and cooperative mobility solutions, including policy and deployment issues, will be the topic of various seminar sessions in the Smart Mobility Knowledge Centre, seminar room 1. Check out the full programme in tomorrow’s issue of The Daily News.

Smart Traffic Management solutions

As mobility needs are continuously growing in cities during the last decades new traffic management solutions need to be implemented. From March 27th –March 29th smart traffic management solutions will be the topic of the seminar sessions in the Smart Mobility Knowledge Centre, seminar room 2. Also on Thursday there will be some highlights regarding this theme.

Cooperative driving demonstration

The TU/e has successfully installed a Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (C-ACC) controller in a DAF truck. During Intertraffic the TU/e will demonstrate the DAF truck in collaboration with the Volkswagen Lupo EL electric research vehicle. As a striking duo they demonstrate cooperative driving where the truck automatically responds to the speed of the Lupo EL and the following distance is maintained.

Demonstrations will take place today and Thursday outside at the Smart Mobility Live Experience between 12.00 and 17.00 hours.

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