Thank you 2018 & Welcome 2019

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Before we enjoy a well-deserved Christmas holiday, a small review of the highlights of the year 2018 and a preview of the plans for 2019 was provided by the lecturers Frans Tillema and Bram Veenhuizen.

It was a good year for HAN Automotive Research. We did a lot of research in several fields, we’ve supervised a lot of young students, we had a lot of exposure in newspapers, radio, tv and better interaction with colleagues from education. To do all that work we’ve welcomed a number of new colleagues with various backgrounds. An expert on Light Electric Vehicles, a traffic psychologist, a traffic engineer and an expert on security.

We have been updating the public through our LinkedIn page about the ongoing projects. Well, this time of the year is the perfect opportunity to look back at all the good work from 2018.

A brief summary of the events of 2018: HVTT congress in Rotterdam, project Falcon, first publications in the International Journal of Driving Science, building a new master-track Intelligent Mobility, cardio bikes, research on trucks, receiving a street drone, Via Nova with a lot of knowledge on car data, Lightweight Automotive systems, working on Prautocol in terms of building simulation models for the autonomous takeover, the we-pods on Weeze Airport, research on the workplace from the future, visiting and given presentations at different congresses, off course the Intelligent Truck Applications in Logistics, and last but not least the Kiem projects with Augmented Reality, the robots and wegennet and the Max Mobiel.

What will we focus on in 2019?

The automotive domain is at the heart of the energy transition and CO2 emission reduction. That means something for us and for 2019. We need to supplement knowledge of transmissions, fuel pumps, NOx emissions and injectors with knowledge of inverters, electric motors, charging infrastructure, but also of advanced lightweight materials and their applications, smart mobility, and the role of the driver if he has less and less of a role.

Additionally, ICT is gaining more and more control over the automotive and mobility market. We would like to and need to know more about lidar, radar, optical image processing, sensor fusion, connected and automated mobility and internet of things. We look forward to the development of the semester 6 development in the coming year. It is a great opportunity to connect many more students but also teachers and business entities.

We are not afraid to look outside the automotive domain, we do this in close cooperation with companies that are interested in our knowledge and facilities, classic automotive or not! Together we are also better able to engage in cross-disciplinary projects.

Thus, we look forward to making 2019 even more successful together with all our partners, students and colleagues from HAN Automotive Research.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019.