Virtual Vehicle

iCOMPOSE: Low Energy Consumption achieved by computational perception

For three years, VIRTUAL VEHICLE was in charge of the project iCOMPOSE. The project completed by the end of 2016, dealt with the efficiency increase of electric vehicles. Through the development of a central energy management system and the integration of the so-called "Information Cloud", energy flows in the vehicle can now be controlled completely already in advance.

In modern vehicles, the high number of individual control units, each with different and partially competing individual optimization targets, attain a high degree of complexity. In order to reduce this complexity, the so-called system integration is an essential success factor.

As part of the European project iCOMPOSE, an innovative control architecture has been developed at VIRTUAL VEHICLE together with nine European partner companies. This control architecture completes the central coordination of energy flows as well as the dynamic drive control. As a result, the energy flows in the vehicle are coordinated completely and optimally. In this way, energy consumption can be reduced and vehicle safety during extreme evasive maneuvers increased.

In addition, the researchers worked on reliable methods of position determination in the event of a GPS signal failure, using so-called inertial measurement units and innovative multi-sensor data algorithms. The system's sensor data of the vehicle is supplemented and cross-checked by cloud data. This makes it possible to reduce the energy consumption depending on the current driving situation.

At the final project meeting of iCOMPOSE in Lommel/Belgium, the results were impressively presented with the demonstrator vehicles Range Rover Evoque and Skoda Rapid. The responsible EU project consultant congratulated all partners to the project’s success and appreciated their good cooperation.



Integrated Control of Multiple-Motor and Multiple-Storage Fully Electric Vehicles

Budget:            6.3 M EUR

Funding:           7th Framework Programme – FP7

Duration:          38 months

Partner:            VIRTUAL VEHICLE (AUT), University of Surrey (UK), Lotus Cars Limited (UK), ŠKODA AUTO a.s. (CZE), Flanders Make vzw (BEL), Hutchinson SA (FR), AVL List GmbH (AUT), Infineon Technologies AG (GER), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung E.V. (GER)