The car of the future on Europe’s roads: 3Ccar enhances reliability and robustness in highly automated vehicles

By 2030, 50% of newly registered vehicles will be electrically powered, connected or automated

By 2030, 50% of newly registered vehicles will be electrically powered, connected or automated [1]. This dramatic upsurge in functionality requires a new system approach in vehicle architecture to support electromobility and highly automated driving. Conventional cars were already equipped in 2014 with between 70 and 100 connected electronic control units (ECUs), and this figure would continue to rise driven by growing demands for environmental compatibility, efficiency, safety and convenience. The European project “Integrated Components for Complexity Control in affordable electrified cars”, 3Ccar for short [2], was set up to tackle this challenge. 48 partners from 14 different countries have worked on and presented innovative highly integrated semiconductor-based solutions.

“What we need in order to reach our ambitious objectives are a strong European ecosystem, innovation and long-term collaboration within major strategic research projects,” says Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Technologies Austria AG and Chair of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking.

Infineon Technologies AG was responsible for managing and coordinating the project. The project was financed by the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), other participating countries and partners from industry. The research budget amounted to 54 million euros. The 3Ccar project kicked off in 2015 and ran for 41 months. The eleven German partners have now presented their research results in a final report.

The partners’ overriding goal was to reduce complexity, while at the same time enhancing the reliability of electric and automated vehicles. To this end, 3Ccar developed a new system approach that reorganizes vehicle architecture into what are known as vehicle domains. These domains enable functional and task-oriented coordination. The reduces complexity despite growing requirements, significantly simplifying the development of autonomous electric vehicles.

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SOURCE: Infineon

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