First electric, autonomous and connected cars

19 August 2022

"The result of this joint work will be a prototype for a level four automation vehicle (L4), achieving total autonomy."

EACSY: acronym for the car of the future

Electric, autonomous, connected, shared and up-to-date – that's the EACSY car that the future of the automotive industry is pursuing. The car industry must find a way to remain attractive to new generations.

To do so, it is important to address this future scenario around three major challenges:

  • Highly automated vehicles capable of operating in controlled environments and managing complex interactions with the environment.
  • The development of a new platform of an autonomous and connected electric vehicle for the transport of people in urban circuits.
  • The development of 5G communications technology for connected vehicles.

Research into technologies and architectures for the development of a new autonomous, connected, robust, reliable and resilient vehicle

Companies such as GMV, Indra, MasMóvil, Masermic, Sigma, the automotive companies, Alsa and Renault Group, along with TECNALIA and other technological centres and universities are working on a new project in order to combine the technological efforts necessary to develop future autonomous and connected vehicles, capable of operating with different levels of autonomy.

This project is structured around two initiatives: an autonomous vehicle for the industrial environment at the Renault Plant in Palencia and different tests on the connectivity systems in highly automated vehicles for the transport of people in the town of Alcobendas (Madrid).

TECNALIA will offer its extensive knowledge in these technologies, working in different fields:

  • Design and development of infrastructure-based decision-making system at RENAULT Palencia.
  • ALSA will define the specifications of the specific functionalities that will be validated, in a real and simulated environment, as well as the operation of the control centre proposal integrating different sensors, perception, decision and control systems.
  • Development and preparation of technologies for the proper positioning of the vehicle and infrastructure.
  • Implementation and adaptation of remote station for remote driving of the passenger vehicle.
  • Generation of automaticsafeand comfortable routes
  • Establish automated driving strategies in real environments.
  • Contribution to the integration of decision and control modules for automated vehicle routes.
  • Validation of the safe, infrastructure-connected, stand-alone platform in an open environment.

The result of this joint work will be a prototype for a level four automation vehicle (L4), achieving total autonomy, although a driver is needed to take control in emergency situations. A prototype that will communicate with the 5G network providing greater and more optimal assistance to the driver with the possibility of connecting to the surrounding infrastructures.