The electric car testbed consists of four controlled drives directly connected to the axes of a Roading Roadster Electric car. Both the car drive and other components, as well as the external torque applied to the axes, can be controlled, while the complete state of the car sensors is registered. The station can be used to simulate desired driving conditions and evaluate the performance of wheel drive control algorithms in fully-controlled, reproducible environment. Moreover, the station contains an augmented reality system, which can be used to control the car in a life-like way and allow safe testing of autonomous driving solutions.
The aim of this research project is to connect the Electric Car Testbed of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to an existing driving simulator of the Transilvania University of Brasov (UTBv). The purpose of this connection is to test the real-time driving of an electric car based on measured data offered by the testbed. The benefit of the connection is that the virtual car of the driving simulator is enhanced by measured and validated data. This connection can be used to simulate driving conditions, evaluate the performance of wheel drive control algorithms in scenarios when the user can be aware of the dynamic feedback (movement) of the car. Research questions are related to the development and validation of the dynamic model of the vehicle based on the measurement offered from the testbed of the electric car, and regarding the data transfer to and from the testbed and the simulator.
Testing of virtual cars in multi-modal virtual environment is an important step in the validation process of new concepts and technologies. The measured data obtained from the Electric Car Testbed of the TUM is going to validate the dynamic model of the vehicle of the existing driving simulator of the UTBv. The connection between the TUM testbed and the UTBv simulator will lead to the possibility to real-time testing and driving of virtual cars based on measured data offered by the TUM testbed. The new UTBv driving simulators will provide a virtual driving environment for this Roding Roadster electric car, resembling real driving conditions. This environment is opening the doors for powerful virtual prototyping and testing tools for both new electric car configurations and analyzing driver behavior in a safe environment.