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Driven by automotive

Systems like Active Chassis Control, ABS/ESP and Adaptive cruise control play an important role in automotive control development. These systems will be more dependent on external information in the future. Systems like radar, traffic information and car to car communication come in to play, aiming at boosting safety, avoiding accidents and reducing traffic congestion.

“I am not a car freak”, Mechatronic Employeneur Sven van Iersel laughs, “but I am 'driven by automotive' that is by the way the automotive industry innovates. Due to the fact that automotive concerns a large target group makes it even more interesting.” A research scientist at TNO, Sven works on various concepts of systems which makes vehicles safer. “When I started working at TNO, I had worked on a research project on 'vehicle sate estimation and control' for 1,5 years.” Sven explains that the design of a global chassis controller depends on the availability of reliable state information. This information is delivered by various sensors in a vehicle. A vehicle state estimator is a vital algorithm in the controller, which generates state and parameter information that cannot be measured directly. “For example, the vehicle state estimator is capable of estimating body slip angle and tyre-road friction using sensors available in production cars.”

Sven also made his contribution to the development of ABS/ESP systems. “My team and I have developed the software, and the challenging part was that I was able to see the project from different perspectives. After the software was installed in a vehicle, I did the test drives myself. It gave a lot of satisfaction when I experienced, in the car, that the software I had developed, worked well.”

Recently, TNO appeared in the media with plans to let fully automated vehicles drive on the public road, in a convoy in really close succession, in the upcoming years. “The vehicles will be equipped with a tracking system, based on radar sensors, amongst others”, explains Sven. “This allows them to drive on the highway with a distance of 0.3 seconds from each other.” At the moment, Sven is working on a project in which a part of the functionality of these automated vehicles is being further developed into a commercially interesting adaptive cruise control system.While finishing his studies on the University of Eindhoven, Sven had already been hired by TMC. “TMC gave me the opportunity to start my career in the innovative automotive industry. I hope that TMC can help me as well to reach my goal. Driven by automotive, I want to grow towards a management function.”

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