Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 69

Dr Jutta Schneider
details the importance of realising e-mobility and
the role of collaborative research schemes, including how the European
Commission can make Horizon 2020 more appealing to major industrial players
H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
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the journal spoke to Dr Jutta Schneider, director
of eDrive and software technologies at Daimler
AG. In an extensive and wide-ranging interview,
Schneider detailed the role that Daimler is
playing in European projects as well as the EU’s
Electronic Components and Systems for
European Leadership (ECSEL) Joint Technology
Initiative (JTI), part of the €22bn Innovation
Investment Package. Schneider also set out
how, despite its crucial role in precompetitive
research, more efforts need to be made to
encourage the participation of major European
industrial partners in Horizon 2020.
What contributions and
achievements has Daimler made
to ARTEMIS and ITEA over the last
12 months?
Daimler has contributed to or led several
ARTEMIS and ITEA 2 projects. In particular, we
have taken a role in the MBAT and CRYSTAL
ARTEMIS projects, of which we are very proud.
We take part in precompetitive projects
concerning tools and processes and have a
aimler is taking a lead in e-mobility. At this year’s
‘International Consumer Electronics Show’ in Las Vegas,
Nevada in the United States, the European vehicle
manufacturer unveiled the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion,
a stunning and pioneering F-CELL PLUG-IN HYBRID of the future.
The concept car features a radical, innovative design and communicates
with surrounding vehicles and pedestrians through advanced LED
displays, acoustic signals and laser projection systems. It boasts luxurious
passenger comfort in the form of swivelling lounge chairs, and users can
interact with the car through gestures, eye tracking and high-resolution
screens. With revolutionary engineering, Mercedes-Benz offers the car
of the future as the ultimate ‘private retreating space’. The automobile
has since been exhibited in San Francisco, California.
Whilst the F 015 Luxury in Motion remains a concept, other pioneering
designs are already entering the market, including the Mercedes-Benz A
180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-in Hybrid and
the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. Realising these concepts often
requires industrial co-operation in precompetitive research. Through
participation in ARTEMIS and ITEA projects, Daimler is benefitting from
multinational European collaboration whilst maintaining an innovative lead.
In March, Portal travelled to Berlin, the capital of Germany, and attended
the two-day Co-summit 2015 conference. On the sidelines of the event,
Daimler’s determination
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