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Powertrain Equipped with Intelligent Technologies
General information
Europe EC
From 2001-09-01 to 2004-08-31 Concluded
PEIT project
Ansgar Maisch


The project was planned to set up intelligent technologies for power trains to generate nearly collision free vehicle. Such a vehicle will not only reactively cope with dangerous situations; it will also be in the position to predict such situation and thus prevent accidents. These possibilities are limited in today's power trains. A secure failure tolerant power train system has not been considered yet in any automobile accident prevention system. To achieve the necessary requirement, an intelligent automatic control of the vehicle kinematics and safety features is needed. A fully electronically power train provides the technological basis.


The objectives of PEIT project were to set up new technologies for power trains in order to create a nearly collision free vehicle. Such a vehicle's power train would not only reactively cope with dangerous situations it would also be able to predict such a situation and thus prevent an accident. The PEIT functions were demonstrated on a heavy truck as vehicle base. More specific objectives included:- nearly accident free vehicles by providing an intelligent power train- failure tolerant system Architecture- electronic stabilisation programs (ESP) with additional steering control- predictive collision avoidance, lane departure, speed limitations- early detection of defects (predictive diagnosis)- building of a demonstration vehicle


PEIT designed and developed an electronically controlled powertrain with input from a human machine set of displays and controls, the interface. The powertrain is the engine and other components that transfer the power to the drive function of the vehicle.

PEIT engineers developed an intelligent powertrain that would be virtually accident-free. A key feature is that the powertrain interface makes possible the integration of completely drive by wire applications into the system for steering and braking, gear-changing, as well as energy management. In conjunction with this electronic control system, an intelligent tyre was developed that can record the level of friction between it and the road. Information from the tyre is used to determine how well the car can handle corners and brake in any conditions. Friction is obviously the main criterion when roads become slippery.

PEIT research established a firm platform on which to further developments of intelligent systems for reducing accidents and improve energy efficiency. Research planned in the follow-on project, SPARC, included advanced drive by wire systems and a co-pilot for heavy goods and passenger vehicles.

Related Projects


Daimler Chrysler AG, Germany (Coordinator), Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany, Budapesti Muszaki Es Gazdasagtudomanyi Egyetem, Hungary, Continental AG, Germany, IQ Battery Research & Development GmbH, Germany, RWTUEV Fahrzeug GmbH, Germany, Tuev Automotive GmbH Unternehmensgruppe Tuev Sueddeutschland, Germany, Universitaet Karlsruhe - Institut Fuer Maschinenkonstruktionslehre Und Kraftfahrzeugbau, Germany, Knorr-Bremse Fekrendszerek KFT, Germany, Tuev Nord Strassenverkehr GmbH, Germany, Kraftfahrt – Bundesamt, Germany

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € 3 656 606 / EU contribution: € 2 017 551

Funded under the call: FP5-IST

Topic: 2000-1.5.2 - Intelligent Vehicle Systems