3 July 2017 • by Sabine Eijlander
THUAS and URBINN at grand opening of RADD
Tuesday, 27 June – Minister Schultz van Haegen opened the Researchlab Automated Driving Delft (RADD) during a grand opening ceremony. The RADD project was initiated by the Province of South Holland, Metropolitan region Rotterdam The Hague, The Municipality of Delft, and the Delft University of Technology. The Hague University of Applied Sciences, one of the RADD partners, was represented by two projects on the demo square that displayed various automated vehicles and vessels.
One of these was the Alley Hoop shown in the first phase of construction (frame and chassis) that involves URBINN (a THUAS project for developing mobility concepts for use in urban areas) and a Renault Twizy. Other projects on display included a delivery robot used by Domino’s and an autonomous Prius developed at the Delft University of Technology.
For six months now, the Betafactory has been accommodating the URBINN project which is intended to develop an autonomous electric road vehicle for use in the urban environment of Delft. The project involves students in several degree programmes throughout THUAS who are working in an international multidisciplinary team on the Alley Hoop, as the prototype has come to be known. The project has set its sights high: to produce a road vehicle before 2025! Recently, the degree programmes (along with their nine minors!) in the Faculty of IT & Design joined the project to take over most of the navigation and steering component. The project falls under the auspices of the Smart Sensor Systems Research Group headed by John Bolte who also had the honour of providing the minister with a brief explanation of what our students are working on.
The Renault Twizy is a knowledge development project involving the efforts of the Delft University of Technology and Accenda: how can a small electric car be turned into an autonomous road vehicle for use in an urban environment? THUAS students are helping in this transformation process. Later this year, the Twizy will be driving autonomously (under controlled conditions) over the campus.
THUAS is participating in regional projects related to autonomous vehicles. One of these is RADD, the Researchlab Automated Driving Delft, which is accommodated on the Green Village grounds of the Delft University of Technology’s campus. This means that the RADD is changing the campus into a testing environment for these autonomous vehicles and making it easier to conduct research on them. A number of roads, for example, have been earmarked as possible test routes for the vehicles.