In order to compensate for the limited autonomy range, gains in energy efficiency, charging strategies and route optimisation by using of traffic information are needed to turn the FEV into a mass market product. (under ‘Integration of the FEV in the cooperative transport infrastructure ’) The Mobility2.0 project’s primary goal is to develop such co-operative application which among the foreseen ITS applications has the highest impact on mitigating the limited autonomy range and which results in the most significant energy efficiency gains. Therefore the development of FEV-specific ‘Co-operative commuting assistant’ system fits well into the call target. This application engages in co-operative data exchange with the transportation infrastructure to achieve overall optimisation of FEV route and re-charging spot allocation.
Adaptive strategies, algorithms and operation modes are needed for the charge and discharge management of the FEV’s that balance, predict the range and adapt to the energy needs of the user in respect of the properties of vehicle’s battery and the grid. (under ‘Integration of the FEV in the cooperative transport infrastructure ’) The intelligently prioritised handling of FEV range scenarios by the ‘Co-operative commuting assistant’ application mitigates the effect of possible capacity restrictions of the grid supply, thereby allowing more flexibility in the load-balancing of the smart-grid. Moreover, the knowledge of each FEV’s ideal multi-modal commuting journey length provides important input data on the required recharging capacity, which  can be utilised by the vehicle’s battery charge management unit.
Research will also address adaptation and improvement of in-vehicle active safety for FEVs, integrated driver-vehicle – infrastructure safety, protection of vulnerable road users, and FEV emergency handling procedures. (under ‘Functional Safety and Durability of the FEV’) The 5.9 GHz co-operative infrastructure provisioning role, which FEV’s may perform through the use of Mobility2.0 results, solves the infrastructure deployment dilemma that hinders the introduction of several co-operative safety applications. This beneficial effect actually extends even beyond FEVs, i.e. FEVs catalyse better active safety for all co-operative vehicles.

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