ERL: Where revelations are explored

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by in Volkswagen Canada

Drew with VW

I recently visited Belmont, CA, where we was means to get an insider’s demeanour during a Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab. Here, a dedicated group develops opening and infotainment technologies to presumably make their approach into destiny vehicles.

The initial automobile to locate my eye was a 2005 Touareg V10 TDI that was mutated for unconstrained pulling and looked like it was prepared to scale K2. This Touareg, named “Stanley” (when a automobile can expostulate itself, it deserves a name), won a 2005 Grand Challenge. VW teamed adult with Stanford University for that year’s challenge, that was radically a competition by 132 miles of dried though anyone pulling a pedals or branch a wheel.

I afterwards schooled about a mutated Passat dubbed “Junior,” a runner-up in a 2007 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge. This some-more modernized plea compulsory Junior and a other 84 competitors to expostulate 60 miles in underneath 6 hours on closed-off suburban streets. This time, a vehicles had to cranky intersections, combine with relocating traffic, park themselves and conform stop signs.

From there, we entered a room where we sat in a automobile simulator a engineers use to exam dangerous pulling situations, like dreaming and fatigued driving. They impute to this as “Human Factors Research.” This video game-like appurtenance had 3 50” prosaic shade monitors surrounding a front of a Jetta.

It was implausible to see a subsequent era of reserve systems with a simulator. we insincere that improving braking opening would be a pivotal component, though actually, a advancements are in warning systems like heard signals and steering circle vibrations. These are improved for alerting a operative of imminent dangerous conditions and dwindling greeting intervals.

Personally, we get shaken when conference about these kinds of systems that take any control from me as a driver. While a normal operative will certainly find these to be profitable highlight relievers, as a precisionist we suffer a tie with a automobile and feel assured in my abilities. we discussed this with an operative who concurred my regard is common by many. He pronounced a plea in building these systems is that they contingency be delicately integrated so that a automobile complements a driver’s behaviors rather than apropos strenuous or frustrating in normal conditions.

Finally, we was taken to a gated parking lot behind a lab so we could check out a new swift of e-Golfs, a Jetta Hybrid and a handful of Golf Rs (Candy White was my favorite tone by far!). Check out some cinema we snapped.

Tell us: if we could supplement any record to cars today, what would it be?



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