E-MOBILITY AS TRIGGER FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION

W. Egger, U. Frick, V. Garcia Barrios, C. Madritsch, C. Uran, H. Wöllik

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (AUSTRIA)
The Carinthia University of Applied Sciences consists of four study areas: Civil Engineering & Architecture, Engineering & IT, Management and Health Sciences & Social Work. They all are situated in different locations of the county and are at least 30 km apart. To bring the experiences of different research and education fields together and to benefit from the required transfers between the towns, a joined community project about e-mobility was initiated.
Two cars were bought. One was a petrol driven car, the other one was an electric car. The aim of the project was to compare data generated by both objective measurements and individual driver’s experiences. For this purpose, a test scenario was developed to perform long term measurements. The most important information about the objective measurements was: current position, velocity, acceleration and temperature. Additionally, in the electric car some measurements of the electrical quantities like current and voltage were recorded. A survey about the differences in driving experiences was conducted.
The project management was done by an employee of the study program Electrical Energy & Mobility Systems together with colleagues, who were responsible for the integration of the sensors into the cars, the development of the measurement concept and the GSM data transmission to the database. The software and database architecture of the centralized services was designed by a team of the study program Network & Communication Engineering. This group was also in charge of the server hosting and the developing of a web based survey. The graphical visualization of the driving performance with the measured data into the website was carried out by an employee of the study program Geoinformation and Environmental Technologies. Finally, the survey which every driver has to fill in was compiled by a group of the study program Healthcare Management. They also performed and evaluated the interviews with each driver after they have completed a given driving route.
In total, nine persons from four different study programs were involved. The project duration was 24 months and was financed by the university´s research funding. The developed measurement infrastructure and the cars are still available and can now be used as laboratory environment for lecturers of the University.