Watch TUM’s Innotruck beeing assembled and taken for its first ride. Embodied in a sleek, Colani-designed tractor-trailer that looks more like a spaceship than a truck, the project “Diesel Reloaded” aims to demonstrate how paradigm shifts in automotive, energy, and information technologies can help to address major societal trends and needs.
Built in 2012 in partnership with Siemens,Innotruck’s goal is to function as a testbed but also as a vehicle for developing technologies. “These include drive-by-wire operation, car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications, and plug-and-play applications.”The electric vehicle also offers displays and panels that can familiarize with each driver’s capabilities, and to continuously-changing conditions such as traffic movement and driver awareness.
The drive section is composed of battery powered electric motors with a diesel engine dedicated to power generation similar to a diesel electric train. The research group, based at the Technische Universität München, is led by Prof. Dr. Gernot Spiegelberg, who has responsibility for electromobility initiatives at Siemens Corporate Technology and is a Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellow of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study.
The main lines of research are being pursued by doctoral candidates Claudia Buitkamp (drive train and energy optimization), Ljubo Mercep (human-machine interface), and Hauke Stähle (system architecture).
As members of TUM’s International Graduate School of Science and Engineering, the doctoral candidates receive additional scientific support from Computer Science Prof. Alois Knoll and Mechanical Engineering Prof. Markus Lienkamp. This research is supported, through TUM-IAS and IGSSE, by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. Doctoral candidates are also supported by Siemens./TUMuenchen