Par stef V le 1 Mars 2007 à 20:20
EDAG at the Geneva Motorshow 2008
Comfort: A Future Issue for the Automotive Branch
Besides developments aimed at improving their ecological compatibility, the question of comfort will be a decisive factor in the marketing success of future vehicle types. Having said this, in the age of networked communication and infotainment systems, the term "comfort" is not limited purely to
physical comfort in the car. A car of tomorrow will have to provide the customer with the ability to access any data and information which he or she needs for either private or professional use. Merging the realms of vehicle, office, home and worldwide service and infotainment options defines the future meaning of the word comfort in the automotive branch.
As a global partner to the automotive industry, EDAG has defined "the vision of comfort" as its leading theme, and this will take centre stage at the company's presentation at the 2008 Geneva Show. With its presentation of the articulated roof for the Rolls Royce Phantom, EDAG is showcasing its first step towards its target of developing complex, innovative luxury solutions.
"Vision of Comfort" Focus: Vehicle Body
Innovative vehicle body concepts in the exterior and interior will also contribute to an increase in com-fort within the car in the future. Ergonomically optimised package concepts, such as access aids, serve to improve convenience considerably. Controls, seating comfort, air conditioning and visibility all have to undergo constant refinement, as requirements are always changing. This will mean that vehicle derivatives, created by designers and engineers to have optimised functions and guarantee user convenience, will become an absolute must.
Using the example of one means of optimising access to a Rolls Royce Phantom, EDAG will be documenting its expertise in the development and close-to-production implementation of innovative luxury concepts within the field of vehicle bodies.
Optimised entry to a Rolls Royce Phantom
Not even a Rolls Royce Phantom will be able to satisfy its owners every wish. One example is the seat behind the C pillar in the rear of the car, which traditionally creates a feeling of security and privacy.
With the production model, however, this does have a price: namely the fact that it is impossible, even for someone of average height, to enter and leave the car in an upright position. The solution that EDAG developed is an articulated roof over the rear seat area, so that passengers can get into and out of the car in comfort.
It might sound trivial, but the job called for a great deal of technical finesse. First of all, EDAGs Product Development and Production departments worked out various concepts for raising the roof and the lateral roof frame together. It goes without saying that the exclusive interior design was to be borne in mind at all times, and that neither rigidity, comfort nor sealing capacity were to be compromised under any circumstances whatsoever.
There was no way to avoid severing the lateral roof frame of the aluminium spaceframe. A reinforcement cut from solid metal, which at one and the same time incorporates the kinematics, water channel, locking mechanisms, seals and finger protection, does, however, provide the essential rigidity of the body.
The aluminium structure for the roof was likewise cut from the solid. To save weight, the roofs outer skin panel is made of synthetic carbon-fibre material. The roofs interior trims were re-designed, and covered with original quality Rolls Royce materials. By simply pressing a button, the driver or passenger can activate the specially developed electronic controls, and raise the hydraulically powered roof segment with practically no sound whatsoever. Modification of the roof structure has had no effect on either the car's handling or its interior acoustics.
"Vision of Comfort" Focus: Electrics / Electronics
With navigation systems, mobile telephones, vehicle locating or infotainment systems, a wide variety of functions that provide contact with the outside world have already found their way into the car.
Developers are already confronted with the immense challenge of geometrically and functionally inte-grating these systems into the vehicle body, and most particularly into its electronics architecture.
The complexity of these demands will increase dramatically over the next few years. Customers are already using a variety of systems and services, for private and professional reasons. Internet, office applications, location-independent access to servers, electronic music, DVD libraries or the mobile control of electronic systems in-house (Home) are applications which are today taken more or less for granted.
"We have set ourselves the task of making it possible to use these products in the car. In the future, the customer will not want to have to do without these material comforts, and will expect simple, intu-itional access to the systems and data environments he is familiar with," explains Dr. Robert Hentschel, Head of EDAG's Vehicle Electrics and Electronics.
This vision can generate a genuine, extra benefit for the motorist, if we can succeed in linking the sys-tems together intelligently, and designing the man-technology interface to be as simple as possible.
The domains specified by EDAG's Electrics/Electronics Division as elements of their "vision of comfort" are the Internet, Home and Office. Using "Office", should guarantee the driver access any time to is business and private data via Internet, and also to his email and text messages.
EDAG will be backing the functional integration of nomadic devices (PCs, MP3 players, mobile telephone, etc.) and the vehicle's permanent connection to the Internet. Due to the inflation of nomadic devices and the shortness of their product cycles, geometric integration in the vehicle is not possible. EDAG's basic approach is to provide an easy-to-use means of making data from familiar environments available to the passenger. From today's point of view, the Internet will become a central tool for implementing the EDAG vision of comfort.
The intelligent linking up of all currently existing systems and services will open up yet another benefit to the customer. Interlinked telephone directories, for instance, will enable the driver to automatically pass on an address he has found to his car's navigation system. Sales representatives can have their secretaries upload their routes for them, or can pass on vehicle data to the authorised repair shop to carry out long-distance diagnosis. Home, too, the control of systems in the domestic environment, can be secured by means of data connection of the vehicle to the Internet. To sum up, the field of electrics and electronics will have a decisive role to play in the future success factor of "comfort".
With its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show, EDAG is highlighting the theme "Vision of Comfort" as a key task for mobility requirements of the future.
EDAG présentera un Pick-up ou SUV de luxe réalisé sur la base d'un Mercedes GL. Il mesure 5,70m de long et 2m de large. Il est motorisé par in V8 de 6.1l de 462 Ch . Côté performance 0 à 100Km/h en un peu plus de 6 secondes et une vitesse maxi de 250Km/h. La puissance est transmise à la route par une transmission intégrale et une suspension pneumatique.
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Fulda/Geneva Cast off! The new concept car from EDAG Engineering + Design AG will be making its first appearance on March 6, 2007, in <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:CITY st="on"><ST1:PLACE st="on">Geneva</ST1:PLACE></ST1:CITY> the EDAG LUV. The design concept of the LUV is based on an luxury-class SUV and incorporates a maritime look from bow to stern: oiled teakwood on the hood, as the flooring on the interior, and on the elegant cargo area conveys a maritime flair. But the EDAG LUV is a real eye-catcher in other respects as well: the cargo area, behind the two rows of seats with plenty of room for 5 passengers, has been outfitted with teakwood and distinctly resembles a quarterdeck in keeping with the maritime look of the concept car.<O:P></O:P>
The Module Concept of the EDAG LUV An Economical Approach to Vehicle Derivatives
But the maritime design of the EDAG LUV is just the covering for a modular concept which makes it possible to turn vehicles into derivatives or niche vehicles at reasonable expenditures of time and money. In coming up with their shell concept, the EDAG team of engineers, headed by project manager Andreas Funk, set themselves the goal of using the greatest possible number of carry-over parts. The group can certainly be proud of the results of the intelligent module concept: 90% of the parts required to perform the metamorphosis of a luxury-class SUV into the EDAG LUV come off the parts shelf of the basic vehicle. For example, the extension of the floor pan by 512 mm was realized using original parts. The wheelhouses were also used without any modifications, as were the parts for the rear-end finish, which includes integration of the standard power-lift system from the sedan. In addition to our efforts to use a maximum number of identical parts, we were especially careful to keep the existing production concept of the basic vehicle in mind during the development of the EDAG LUV, explains Andreas Funk. The self-supporting body can be completely welded using standard tongs. It goes without saying that we used simulation models during the development of the entire body concept to test crash behavior and rigidity so that we could guarantee the highest level of quality and safety. The advantages of the EDAG module concept are obvious. Thanks to the use of identical parts and taking into account the production concept, a vehicle concept which is visually completely new can be realized under economically interesting conditions. More and more end customers are asking for niche vehicles, and this type of design turns the production of such cars into a business case for the manufacturers, points out Johannes Barckmann, Head of Design at EDAG, in describing the concept.<O:P></O:P>
The EDAG LUV A New Vehicle Segment
LUV, the name of the concept car, is not only a term used by sailors (it is German for luff, the windward side of a vessel), but also defines a new vehicle segment the luxury utility vehicle. In taking the maritime world as a leitmotif for the design of the EDAG LUV, we deliberately selected a niche theme. We wanted to demonstrate in exemplary fashion that it is possible to create a distinctive vehicle class and not only to give a vehicle a new look. And to do that with as little technical effort as possible, is how Johannes Barckmann explains the intentions behind the design concept. So the cargo area of the EDAG LUV is elegantly tied in with the passenger cell by the harmonious lines of the body design. The utility vehicle character so often evident in pick-up models is no longer discernible in the EDAG LUV. On the contrary, the EDAG LUV radiates elegance and autonomy and cannot be classified by any of the vehicle segments existing today. Yet the luxury image which has been created is only one example for the idea of a versatile vehicle concept. Speaking of versatile: the pick-up module can be exchanged for a convertible or coupe module simply by releasing a catch mechanism integrated into the body of the EDAG LUV. A clever move by the EDAG developers so that additional derivative variants can be realized flexibly and at low cost.<O:P></O:P>
Innovation in the Interior The PC Takes Its Place in the Vehicle
The EDAG LUV has innovative solutions on the inside as well. The EDAG development team has integrated two UMPCs (UltraMobile PCs) into the headrests, bringing the PC world into the vehicle. The user can use a specially developed mechanism to insert the fully operational PCs easily into the headrests. Passengers in the rear seat can use their Office applications such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word in the vehicle, plus WLAN and UMTS provide them with Internet access, enabling them to download and answer their e-mails during the trip. Furthermore, integrated Webcams even make it possible to hold Net meetings during the trip. Users can also access their music or DVD collection from the car. The trick: The UMPCs are connected to the vehicles audio system so that the MP3 files or videos stored on the computer can also be used in the vehicle. The integration of the computer keyboards into the interior of the EDAG LUV has also been handled elegantly: modern form-fitting foil keyboards have been embedded in the folding tables available for use by rear-seat passengers. Background lighting makes it possible to work even while traveling at night and is yet another futuristic design element in the interior.<O:P></O:P>
The integration of so-called consumer devices into the vehicle architecture is a highly interesting topic for the manufacturers. This can result in a genuine additional value for the end customers by making the functionality of the PC world usable in the vehicle as well, notes Dr. Robert Hentschel, Director of EDAG Electrics/Electronics. Being a full-range developer of vehicles and an integrator in the field of electrics/electronics, we are determined to develop solutions in this area which are stylish, geometrically and functionally high-quality, and practical." EDAG is currently pursuing two solution approaches:<O:P></O:P>
1. A second integration stage will tie the UMPCs into the vehicle architecture for luxury-class vehicles. The advantage: the driver can use operating elements e.g., on the steering wheel to access directly the functions or data of the UMPC.<O:P></O:P>
2. The EDAG developers are planning the UMPC as an after-market product for compact and midsize cars. The aim here is to develop concepts for various models produced by car-makers so that the devices can be integrated ergonomically and geometrically into the interior without a jarring visual effect. What makes this especially enticing is the possibility of utilizing the UMPC as an on-board computer and high-quality display device by connecting it to the vehicle architecture, providing yet another service, as well as making the complete functionality of a PC available in the car. With this as a goal, EDAG is working closely with the Intel Corporation on the development of solutions for the electrical and electronic connection as well as on the integration of nomadic devices in the vehicle interior. EDAG will rely on the latest in Intel technology, processors, and chip sets. Especially small dimensions for the chips and low energy consumption are only some of the criteria for their use in cars. The Company is planning to present the EDAG LUV at the upcoming IAA in <ST1:PLACE st="on">Frankfurt</ST1:PLACE> in the second integration stage, i.e., with access to the UMPCs via operating elements of the car.<O:P></O:P>
Innovative Development Competence by EDAG
EDAG will be presenting the EDAG LUV in <ST1:PLACE st="on"><ST1:CITY st="on">Geneva</ST1:CITY></ST1:PLACE> as proof of its competence, underscoring the capabilities of the worlds largest independent development partner to develop economically sound innovative vehicle concepts optimized for production. The project has been realized in only three months, from definition of the concept and design process to the development to the ready-to-roll prototypes, and is on the verge of being realized as a Premium Edition.<O:P></O:P>
BRABUS is one of the partners in this project. The tuner from <ST1:CITY st="on"><ST1:PLACE st="on">Bottrop</ST1:PLACE></ST1:CITY> contributed not only the 462 hp / 340 kW high-performance BRABUS 6.1 displacement engine for the EDAG LUV that allows this all-wheel-drive vehicle to accelerate to 100 km/h in a little more than six seconds for a speed of 250 km/h.<O:P></O:P>
BRABUS also provides the classy 10Jx22 monoblock S wheels fitted with 295/35 ZR 22 YOKOHAMA tires, the air suspension module as well as the high-performance brake system from its product line-up. The 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and ventilated, perforated 380 x 36 millimeter front brake disks and the 6-piston fixed calipers and 355 x 28 mm rear brake disks reach a braking performance typically achieved only by genuine sports cars.<O:P></O:P>
Exclusive all-leather appointments and attractive interior accessories are an additional BRABUSBRABUS saddlery combined the finest white leather with black seams and cords for a superior interior finish of the EDAG LUV that leaves nothing to be desired.
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