CRING - A Delivery Service for Shared Cars

CRING - A Delivery Service for Shared Cars

Car-sharing services have become more and more popular. However, if you are a heavy user of these services, you have probably experienced that car-sharing vehicles are not always available when you need them. To solve that issue, we have developed an on-demand-service to deliver car-sharing vehicles. We took a detailed look at the problem, developed a technological solution, investigated the business model implications and tested the service in real-live in Stuttgart. Results of our experiments show that there is a need for such a service and that it can increase the reliability of car-sharing services—and might help reduce the barriers towards adoption.  

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONPh8zKJGpE

Partner: car2go Group

Contact: Wolfgang Gruel

Developing Apps for Cars

Developing Apps for Cars

What if everyone could develop apps for cars? What would you do if you could get direct access to your vehicle via a simple REST API? What would be your app idea? These kind of questions were asked in the course of the telematic app challenge of one of the largest German OEMs. Four universities and eight teams took part in this event where our students won the first and second place with two stunning Apple Watch apps. The vehicle data of ten cars was thereby transferred to a cloud-backend and allowed to access vehicle information in real-time using a simple to use REST API. 

Contact: Ansgar Gerlicher

RemoteUI Server for Infotainment Apps

RemoteUI Server for Infotainment Apps

The RemoteUI Server is very lightweight and runs on embedded hardware. You can use it to integrate it into your vehicles and let users connect! Use RemoteUI as extension to existing HMI concepts for applications like rear-seat entertainment, remote status (e.g. in electric car scenarios), remote configuration and more.

RemoteUI is a great alternative to HTML based applications. Integrate RemoteUI Client components in your infotainment hardware and remotely control rich internet applications. Operate RemoteUI Servers e.g. in your own automotive cloud or as mobile device integration technology.

Contact: Ansgar Gerlicher

User centered enhancement of German driving school education

User centered enhancement of German driving school education

Effective driving education should take care about current changes in society, e.g. increasing relevance of sustainability, digitalization, driver assistance systems and automation in cars, as well as cohort effects of individual needs and values in each new generation. The project transfers the user-centered product design process to the user-centered development of the current driving education in Germany in order to enhance the customer experience and the effectiveness of driver education and licensing.

Partner: MOVING International Road Safety Association e.V.

Contact: Arnd Engeln 

OpenXC based Automotive Game Framework

OpenXC based Automotive Game Framework

OpenXC is an open source hardware and software platform, that lets you extend your vehicle with custom applications and pluggable modules.

In collaboration with Sven Krome of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's (RMIT) GEElab we worked on different prototypes for game concepts in the vehicle, such as AutoJam, AutoPlay and AutoGym. We created a simple framework (based on OpenXC) that allows to access vehicle data and use them in a automotive game. The framework can then be used to implement real working games for autonomous driving vehicles, such as the upcoming Audi A8 in 2017.

Contact: Ansgar Gerlicher

Apps for the autonomous driving truck

Apps for the autonomous driving truck

Together with one of the leading manufacturers, we developed prototypical apps for the future autonomous driving truck, where the driver is actually not driving anymore. The question is: "how can you improve the driving experience of a truck driver in an autonomously driving truck?". This might sound awkward, but there a tons of things the future motorist can do during the time being driven. Other things will become much more important such as planning the delivery schedule and trip and rest periods, communicating with friends, family, other drivers or the office. Optimizing the time spent in the truck or using it for relaxation and to keep fit. We've developed three different concepts for planning the trip (Lorry), socializing with other drivers through playing games (TruckTett) and keeping in contact with family, friends and other drivers as well as keeping fit (TruckNet).

Contact: Ansgar Gerlicher

Technologie für Automatisiertes Fahren NutzerGerecht Optimiert (TANGO)

Technologie für Automatisiertes Fahren NutzerGerecht Optimiert (TANGO)

On the way to automated driving in trucks: TANGO aims to ensure save driving by managing the vigilance of the driver and to create additional value to the driver and his transport company by enabling (productive) secondary tasks. To reach this goal, we will combine environment and interior sensor systems with new interaction concepts. Driver and truck will cooperate dynamically and allow secondary tasks in dependence of the criticality of the traffic situation, the driver awareness and the current automated driving support level. TANGO bridges the methodological and technological gap to fully automated driving. Within the partnerteam, the Stuttgart Media University will be responsible for the user-centered steps in the project: User Research and prototype testing in agile development. 

Funding: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Partners: Robert Bosch GmbH, Volkswagen AG, MAN Truck & Bus AG, Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Konstruktionstechnik und Technisches Design (IKTD)

Contact: Arnd Engeln

Where Do Cars Go At Night?

Where Do Cars Go At Night?

‘Where Do Cars Go at Night’ is a children’s book of the future. In this future, we will have to teach our children what self-driving cars do at night. The book tells the story of self-driving car CARLA-15 and what she will be doing all night, while the rest of the world sleeps.
CARLA-15’s story shows of how life will change once autonomous vehicles are an everyday reality. CARLA-15 is part of a shared-vehicle fleet that brings us from A to B during the daytime, but won’t need to “sit around and sleep” during the night. CARLA-15 explains how she will be able to help us with our daily tasks, while we are sleeping.
Read and see more.

Partners: Moovel Lab

VR and AR in the Travel and Tourism Industry

VR and AR in the Travel and Tourism Industry

As AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) technologies continues to evolve, there have been many discussions on possible opportunities and threats. The project will identify and systematize the possible uses of VR and AR within the travel and tourism industry. In addition to that, an online self-test “Are You Ready for VR” (VR-Readiness) will be developed for companies operating in the tourism industry.

StartOrt – Smart City and Mobility Ecosystem

StartOrt – Smart City and Mobility Ecosystem

Cities start raising initiatives and support programs to attract and draw startups within Creative-Industries, the High-Tech Sector, and the Mobility Sector. The main purpose of the project is to answer two main questions:

  1. for politicians/administration: Which are the relevant location factors to attract startups in the respective sectors?
  2. for founders and entrepreneurs: Which are the relevant location factors to focus on and how does this influence the choice of location?

The project develops recommendations and solutions for destination management and regional development towards the goal  of building up and develop a prosperous startup-ecosystem for Creative-Industries, the High-Tech Sector, and the Mobility-Sector.