For many experts, there is no way around the fuel cell when it comes to the question of the mobility of the future in passenger cars and the transport industry. Bosch is now entering series production of the small power plants. Support comes from Sweden.

Fuel cell vehicles are electric vehicles that generate their electricity on board. Hydrogen is converted into electrical energy. Bosch sees long-term potential in the billions with its mobile fuel cell technology business and expects that by 2030, one fifth of all electric vehicles worldwide will use fuel cells on board. The technology company focuses on the further development and production of so-called stacks, which form the heart of a fuel cell. In 2022, the first production-ready components are to be available.

"With all its power and expertise, Bosch opens up the possibility of our fuel cell technology to gain a foothold in the automotive market, and Bosch is the best partner we can imagine," says Powercell CEO Per Wassn, a Bosch partner from Sweden in mass production.

The article "Bosch relies on the fuel cell" was added on 29.04.2019 in the Environment category by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Automotive, Fuel Cell, Alternative Propulsion, Electric Vehicle, Research, Development, Supplier, Environment, released.


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The Golf is still the most important car for VW. He is the incarnation of the Dutch engineering soul, namesake for a whole vehicle class and has been sold in 45 years, about 35 million times. No other VW model is as in demand in Europe as the compact. The development department is working meticulously on Operation Golf 8, which has been in operation for more than three years.

Comparatively discreet technical innovations as in some earlier model changes can not afford VW in view of the ever faster change in the automotive sector. The new guy has to redefine the mast in the compact segment. Especially in terms of connectivity. He democratizes technical achievements from the upper class for normal customers. And he should again take a big step towards autonomous driving in a mass-produced product.

A decent specification, which is processed in the Wolfsburg development center under total exclusion of the public. Not even all employees are allowed to take their smartphone to work, so secret is it in the holy halls. So for VW it was a great exception to grant access here, for a look at the current state of the debtors in October 2019 deburring.

The reason: There were rumors that the next Golf will start later and in fewer variants than planned. The "start-up curve" had been flattened because of technical problems, the production is ramped up slower than planned. Visibly under pressure, VW jumped over its own shadow and invited to visit the experimental laboratory.

The fact that the eighth version of the long-lasting bestseller with the same wheelbase and only a few millimeters more in the length of the dealers will compete, that the cw value be "best in class" and that the design is refreshed only discreet – that was to be expected , Likewise, customers will experience a quantum leap in networking and infotainment.

And yet the consequence with which VW implements the fully digital Golf is impressive. So is a digital cockpit series, plus there's an 8.25-inch touch screen in the base, one with ten inches optional. And both versions will be available from the market launch, promises VW. Likewise, all new functionalities, such as the personalization by cloud, the digital car key or the natural voice control. The communication in and with the car and that of the vehicle with its environment will be up to date, the chiefs of the development department promise.

The Golf 8 will always be online, its operation over the touchscreen mounted at a gentle angle to the speedometer has been simplified so that dangerous dialing in mens and submens is a thing of the past. It works like a tablet, with a home button, sliding tiles and free random accessibility. Even in the case of luxury ingredients such as the freely programmable ambient lighting, the golf is setting in higher ground, with Arteon and Touareg leaving gren.

The degree of networking in the new mass VW is enormous, the developers around Board Frank Welsch speak of the Golf 8 is the new mastiff for connectivity and functionality. A chart that represents this complex system looks a bit like a blueprint for a supercomputer or a graphical representation of human DNA – but in any case enormously complicated.

How rapidly the data factory Auto develops, explain the technicians on the basis of numbers: Were written in 2010, around ten million lines of software code for a car, there are now already 100 million – and the development goes on bright. Everything works only in a network, each part communicates with all others.

The carmaker is happy to admit that the error attracts almost magnetically. In Wolfsburg one speaks in this context of "tickets", which are processed. Thousands of such error messages converge on the imposing auditors, who test their functionality around the clock, time and time again, over and over again.

Are there significantly more tickets – or mistakes – than with previous Golf models? Exactly naming the topic may not be in Wolfsburg. Only this much is to be heard: There are about 125,000 tickets per year on average for some 120 vehicle projects. These would be very appreciated. The sooner mistakes are detected and localized, the faster they can be eradicated.

Conclusion of the visit in the development center from the point of view of the VW responsible: With the new eight-Golf one lies completely on the plan. The error curve will be processed successively and quickly, ultimately it is about a few days that could delay the start of sales, not the delivery. And that is perfectly normal given the duration of the Golf 8 project of about three years.

Speaking of normal: In the year 2019 will be according to VW, the first normal customer after the first momentum of demonstration vehicles for the dealers to get his completely customized car. It can be a 1.5 TSI with and without Mildhybrid support or a two-liter TDI. The remaining variants of the 1.0 TSI via GTI, GTE, TGI (natural gas), plug-in hybrid, R-Line or R will follow gradually. Everything as usual in Wolfburg, so the message.

Rudolf Huber / mid

The article "Project Golf 8: The VW countdown is on schedule" was published on 26.04.2019 in the category Innovations by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Car, Compact, Novelty, Development, Production, Research, Automobile production, Presentation, released.


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Electromobility stands and fills with the battery. And it depends on subtleties. Now scientists are developing a new key component for the battery of the future. Researchers of the Fraunhofer IWS around Dr. med. Holger Althues have developed an innovative process for the cost-efficient production of thin lithium anodes from molten lithium.

In the project the Dresdner Institut works with the companies hpulcas and the SGS as well as scientists around Prof. Dr. med. Jrgen Janek from the Justus Liebig University Gieen on solving further critical problems around this concept. The most important innovation is the realization of an anode compound. This consists of a stabilized by means of protective layers of lithium on a few micrometers thick nickel foil.

Lithium metal anodes are the key element for the battery systems of the future. They allow the maximization of energy density in terms of both cell volume and mass. The lithium-metal anode is already available in lithium
Sulfur cells used to reach record levels in specific energy of more than 400 watt-hours per kilogram. For comparison, the best lithium-ion battery cells currently only reach 250 watt-hours per kilogram.

The article "Battery gets new input" was added to the category News by Lars Wallerang on 04.04.2019 containing the tags Batteries, Research, News, released.


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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is getting ready for the future. In a new Software Innovation Center in Tokyo, the automaker wants to create the digital basis for the vehicles of tomorrow.

The center will open in the financial year 2019. The technologies developed there are designed to ensure "that Mitsubishi can meet the growing demand for vehicles with innovative preventive safety features, as well as with more electrification and other low-emission drives," said a company spokesman. Technologies such as electrification and four-wheel drive are also to be pushed ahead. Both are already in use in the Outlander plug-in hybrid.

The article "Mitsubishi builds innovation center" was published on 04.04.2019 in the category News by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Car, research, hybrid vehicle, short message, news, released.


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They have long been cars, and some already have trucks: assistance systems for more active road safety. Now scientists are researching a counterpart for bicycles and helmets.

A section called "Distributed Embedded Systems" of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn are developing assistance systems in the "Safety4Bikes" research project with seven partners from science and industry to make cycling safer in the future.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of cyclists who are injured or killed every year in Germany in a traffic accident has been constant for years. In 2018 432 cyclists died. In 2017, there were 382 and more than 79,000 were injured. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Falko Dressler, Jun. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Sommer and a team want to counteract this.

"Together with our partners, we are developing a set of modular assistance systems for cyclists," says Dressler. "These systems will eventually work together to increase road safety." The assistance systems are to detect imminent dangers on the basis of the respective traffic situation, to warn cyclists and motorists and to point out the correct behavior.

At "Safety4Bikes", computer scientists, engineers, sociologists, manufacturers of bicycles and bicycle helmets, traffic psychologists and sensor technologists work together.

With "Safety4Bikes" different software and hardware systems are designed and designed directly for the bike and the helmet, so that the cyclists are not distracted from the traffic. The scientists from Paderborn are developing a communication device that allows bicycles to interact with cars and trucks or other bicycles in a standard-compliant manner.

"This allows a bicycle to warn a car, for example in the event of a potential or acute danger situation," says Dressler. However, a prerequisite is that the car also has appropriate technology.

The item "Assistenzsystem fürs Fahrrad" was added on Mar 29, 2014 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keyword Bicycle, assistance system, security, research, news, released.


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It is six meters long, has three axles and rear axle steering, fuel cell propulsion and can accommodate up to four people – a rover with pressurized cabin from Toyota. However, the vehicle for foreign worlds is still a vision of the future.

Toyota is currently exploring "opportunities for cooperation with the Japanese space agency JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) in international space research," said the Japanese carmaker. For almost a year, the car and space experts have been working on a rover concept for exploration of foreign planets. On 13 square meters of living and working space two standard, if necessary even four astronauts can be accommodated.

The vehicle is a mobile space station – children of the 1970s and 1980s, of course, now immediately think of the Death Star from the science fiction saga "Star Wars", but the seizure of world domination certainly has no one in mind at Toyota.

Instead, the rover's abilities are focused entirely on the peaceful exploration of alien worlds. May the power be with Toyota.

The item "Toyota for distant galaxies" was added to the category News by Mirko Stepan on 15.03.2019 Car, Research, Study, Autonomous Driving, News, released.


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The world only talks about self-driving cars. Industry, politics and business see the future of transportation here. But not only on land, but also on the water, the sly heads are now reaching for the autonomous stars.

Barges communicating with each other, calculating their own routes and being able to load and unload their cargo on their own – and without a captain. So experts see the networked goods traffic of tomorrow.

And the future has just begun: as a first step, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), together with partners from industry and the federal government, is planning to set up a digital test field for barges on the Spree-Oder waterway in Brandenburg between the Hops Knigs Wusterhausen and Eisenhttenstadt. The construction should start from 2020.

"There we have the opportunity to test individual basic technologies that will further automate the inland vessel step by step," says Dr. med. Ralf Ziebold from the DLR Institute for Communication and Navigation in Neustrelitz. The researchers are currently working on a technique that allows the ship to automatically enter and exit a lock without the captain having to intervene.

Such or similar technologies could be investigated in the future in the test field, it said. In doing so, navigation using global satellite navigation systems such as Galileo will play an important role. Building on the knowledge gained, fully-fledged inland vessels will also be on the test field in the future.

In addition, it will be investigated where ships can be used in established goods transport chains. Today, most of the transport is done by truck. If a part of the freight transport is shifted to the water, this could relieve the road traffic considerably. "The Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan foresees that by 2030, the transport of goods by inland waterway vessels should grow by 23 percent, and we need to make this traffic more competitive," says Ziebold.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, in 2017 just five percent of goods were transported by barge. The transport on the water could relieve congested roads and highways from truck traffic. In addition, fewer emissions are produced and there is virtually no noise pollution, the scientists emphasize. That sounds almost too good to be true.

The article "Autonomous ships: the captain goes off board" was added to the News category by Ralf Loweg on 08/03/2019 Navigation, Autonomous Driving, Networking, Research, Test, News, released.


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