muc018

muc018 – Our vehicle for the season 2018

 

After the very successful debut of our first Urban Concept last year, we focused on the next challenge for our team. With muc018 we present for the first time in the history of the TUfast Eco Team an autonomous driving vehicle.

Our focus was mainly on developing an integrative and innovative vehicle concept. The autonomous components are completely modular and can be fully removed for the traditional competition where a normal driver is steering muc018. They do not present any additional weight. While developing and manufacturing the muc018, the autonomous system was perceived as an equally important part of the vehicle. Therefore, special attention was given to the complete but nonetheless reversible integration of all components into muc018.

Just like its predecessor muc017 our new car muc018 will compete at the Shell Eco-marathon in the Urban Concept class and features, in  addition to its efficiency, also lighting, weather resistance, comfortable sitting position and a baggage compartment.

 

Key data

  • Self-supporting chassis made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP)
  • Length: approx. 2.70 m
  • Mass: approx. 83 kg
  • Maximum speed: 45 km/h
  • Propulsion: 2 electric motors at the rear axle
  • Energy storage: LiPo batteries

Power Train

  • Nominal power: 860 Watt
  • Self-developed battery management system
  • Specificially designed electric engines
  • Transmission by ring gear
  • Self-developed motor controller
  • Communication via CAN

Autonomous System

  • Complex sensor system (lidar, camera, ultrasound, radar)
  • Stereo- and mono-cameras for depth perception and object recognition
  • 2 lidar sensors at the front for detecting objects
  • Object recognition via neural networks
  • Self-developed actuator technology for steering-, brake- and propulsion-system

Chassis

  • Complete integration of the auonomous components into the chassis
  • Main components: Driver compartment, front and back
  • Self-manufactured CFRP-parts
  • Aerodynamically optimized shape
  • Part connections mainly through adhesives
  • Wing door
  • Road capability of the interior concept
  • Bigger interior space as a preperation for the transport of a 2nd passenger

Suspension

  • Front: single wishbone suspension with motor, gear and chassis mountings
  • Hybrid axle kinematics
  • Independent suspension
  • Freewheel clutch
  • Tested bowden cable steering