Germany: Intermap Technologies and the University of Stuttgart announced that Intermap’s 3D road geometry has been selected for the university’s interdisciplinary research project VALIDATE. As part of the Germany federal government’s high-tech strategy and IKT2020 research programme, the University of Stuttgart initiated its VALIDATE research project in July 2008 with the goal of reducing vehicular CO2 emissions.
The 3.7 million euro project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) through June 2011 — enabling the design of a powerful research platform that drives the analysis of benefits associated with future electronic control and assistance systems for motor vehicles.
The cornerstone of the VALIDATE project, in which several departments of the University of Stuttgart are participating, consists of building a driving simulator that will help develop intelligent driver assistance systems to increase fuel efficiencies and reduce CO2 emissions. The driving simulator is planned to be taken into operation in early 2011.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christian Reuss (Director Chair of Automotive Mechatronic), University of Stuttgart said, “This research will focus on assistance systems that can create an indirect reduction in fuel consumption by influencing driving style.”
Eric DesRoche, Senior Vice President, automotive, Intermap Technologies, said, “This project with the University of Stuttgart will lead to the production of new vehicles that are simply better for the planet.”