Automotive Systems Design


Tomorrow’s car is a computer full of high-tech electronics. Today’s new car already has more than sixty processors devoted to making the vehicle more fuel-efficient and safe. All these high-tech systems have to work together in an integrated way so that future mobility will be not only greener, quieter and more fuel-efficient but also comfortable and attractive at the same time.

Research into Automotive System Design focuses on:

Vehicle efficiency

Improving internal combustion engine (ICE)-based vehicle design and construction to reduce fuel consumption and also emissions, by means of research concerning integrated power train control, power train designs, bodies and chassis.

Electric vehicles

Solving challenges specifically related to hybrid and electric vehicles, by means of research with respect to electric power trains, system design, peripheral systems and energy management; in the long run, electric vehicles are considered the main alternative to the ICE.

Platform electrification

Building fundamental technologies to enable intelligent electronic applications, by means of research concerning software, mechatronics, embedded systems and nano-electronics; platform electrification concerns enablers for applications in the other innovation areas.

The Automotive System Design research is part of the Control Systems Technology research group led by Maarten Steinbuch, department of Mechanical Engineering.