EU project SafeAdapt enters the test phase

Press Release / 14.12.2015

Munich, December 14, 2015 – The construction of a test vehicle and driving simulator marks the test phase of the EU project SafeAdapt. Both platforms are slated to be operational by the middle of 2016 with the aim of evaluating the project under real conditions. The goal is to develop a new adaptive electric/electronics (E/E) software archi-tecture for future electric vehicles that is capable of rectifying problems on its own while the vehicle is operating, thus leading to improved safety, reliability and cost efficiency.

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Construction of the SafeAdapt e-vehicle has begun.

After successfully working on the application scenarios, requirements, and specifications, the SafeAdapt team is pursuing the next, decisive phase of the project, which involves the prototype demonstrators. The plan is to introduce the demonstrators along with the project results in mid 2016.

One of the demonstrators is a fully-functional e-vehicle designed primarily to illustrate the new architecture's fail-operational system, a critical feature for the future of highly-automated driving. This feature means that when a problem occurs, the affected function or electronic control unit (ECU), such as a software-based vehicle steering, must continue to work until the vehicle is brought to a safe state. For this purpose a Roding sportscar, which Siemens equipped with the RACE E/E architecture, will be expanded with technologies from the SafeAdapt partners. The concepts will also be implemented on a platform based on the AUTOSAR automotive standards. SafeAdapt thus represents a manufacturer- and technology-independent solution for future fail-operational E/E systems.

The Dynacar driving simulator from Tecnalia will also serve as a virtual test platform. That means the SafeAdapt technologies will be integrated in the simulator in order to demonstrate how the energy efficiency application functions. If battery capacity is running low after a certain driving route for instance, the system can automatically deactivate non-critical components, such as those used to control comfort functions.

The simulator can furthermore be utilized to evaluate how adaptive security measures influence the driving characteristics of the vehicle. One issue here is the maximum duration of the steer-by-wire adaption, which allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle.

The SafeAdapt research project, which is funded by the European Union, was created with the goal of implementing a new, adaptive E/E vehicle architecture capable of autonomously compensating for errors while the vehicle is in operation. The research team is also looking into design and validation methods to support such an architecture. The objective is to ensure that the system is developed in line with the ISO 26262 functional safety standard. In addition to Fraunhofer ESK, the project partners include CEA LIST (France), Delphi (Germany), DuraCar (Netherlands), Fico Mirrors (Spain), Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain), Pininfarina (Italy), Siemens (Germany), and TTTech Computertechnik (Austria).

After completion of the second EU review, an evaluation of the new concepts will be undertaken. The status of the project deliverables can be viewed on the SafeAdapt website (www.safeadapt.eu) under the keyword "Deliverables".