Project Progression – Vehicle Requirements
The background of the market evaluation conducted in the initiation phase was to gain insight into the expectations of future users towards our vehicles in terms of performance, convenience and user-friendliness. As a result, the goal was integrating these requirements to create a technical backbone for each of the three new EU-LIVE L-category vehicles which the further technical development can build upon.
The identified requirements have been split into three fundamental groups:
- Requirements linked to user needs
- Regulation and design requirements
- Manufacturing requirements (not yet defined)
Requirements linked to user needs
The requirements directly linked to the previously mentioneduser study were filtered by the marketing department of the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) involved in the project as follows:
- Inapplicable needs are sorted out
- Feasibility evaluation of needs within the product development phase
- OEMs decide which items can be used e.g. regarding the target price
Based on these filters, we did our best to implement the requirements in the development of the vehicles.
Some examples of the specific process of integrating requirements:
- On the basis of safety as a one of the key points, the protection of the driver is one of the highest priorities for the user. In order to meet this expectation, we will be performing additional crash simulations.
- Another dominant demand by future customers was the possibility to be able to instantly leave a traffic situation. As a result, we developed a narrow L5e vehicle with a width of under 900m.
Regulation and design requirements
These regulations are based on EU regulation No 168/2013, which contains superior requirements and provides a framework for the development process of all L-class vehicles.
The companies Brembo S.p.A., Continental Automotive GmbH, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Peugeot scooters have taken the type-approval requirements for those three concepts into account. They subsequently evaluated the corresponding regulation documents and assessed whether or not the requirement is relevant to the conception of the components or the system it is in charge of or, if it may impact the global architecture of the concept. Moreover, monitoring is carried out by Peugeot scooters and their department dedicated to L-category vehicles homologation (especially for L3e and L5e) in order to notify partners as soon as a new regulation is released.
The design requirements are the result of a comparison of the technical data for different reference vehicles as well as user needs and the demands related to legal requirements stipulated by EU Regulation 168/2013. In order to achieve optimal product placement, a comparison of the EU-LIVE vehicles with reference vehicles was carried out.
The selected reference vehicles can be divided into three classes:
- L3e two-wheeler vehicles,
- L5e three- and four-wheeler vehicles and
- L6e, L7e and M1 battery-electric four-wheeler vehicles.
Subsequently, these vehicles are being compared to the EU-LIVE vehicles according to the following criteria:
- lower body/chassis
- upper body/interior
The aim of this process is for our L-category vehicle to perform as „best in class“, which ensures that future customers can draw comparisons between other light vehicles (L3e & L5e) or small city cars (L6e).
Stay tuned for the release of the corresponding public deliverable (D2.1 Overall Vehicle Requirements), which will take place approximately at the beginning of the year 2017.