Developing technology for a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV)

Being given their own project for practical development work on the latest vehicle technology really gave the students attending the vehicle technology seminar at the University of Karlsruhe on 26 February something to shout about. During the seminar, our Vehicle Architecture Team Leader spoke about driver assistance systems development work for a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV), as carried out at GIGATRONIK. The best-known example of this type of vehicle is the golf cart.


Eduard Zimmer, Teamleiter für Fahrzeugarchitektur bei GIGATRONIK, zeigte an der HS Karlsruhe die Entwicklung von Fahrerassistenzsystemen an einem Neighborhood Electric Vehicle.
Zu den bisherigen studentischen Arbeiten rund um das GIGATRONIK-NEV zählt auch eine Designstudie.

About 100 students in the fifth term of the Mechatronics and Vehicle Technology courses had registered for the week-long seminar in vehicle technology. This must-attend event takes place every term and is intended to provide students with guidance for entry into the industrial workplace, as well as in relation to internships and final diploma work. Each day of the week-long seminar is taken up with lectures from industry representatives regarding current projects at the company and is meant to give participants a real impression of what it’s like to work at industrial companies.

At first glance, GIGATRONIK does seem to have chosen an unusual lecture topic; but, in fact, that’s because golf carts, or NEVs, are compact, safe and inexpensive to buy and this makes them, as light motor vehicles, ideal for research and student training. The research NEV at GIGATRONIK in Stuttgart has already evolved considerably over the past 18 months – due to the diploma work, internships and practical work carried out by student trainees.

Current development work at GIGATRONIK NEV:

  1. Situation Review: Analysis of the base vehicle 
  2. Development of E/E vehicle architecture with PREEvision 
  3. Conversion to a by-wire vehicle (side stick and steering wheel with pedals) 
  4. Development and integration of LED lights and a display as an instrument cluster
  5. Environment detection by parking sensors, high-performance US sensors and radar sensor 
  6. Re-engineering of the onboard network 
  7. Driver assistance systems: parking assistant and emergency brake assist 
  8. Market analysis 
  9. Design study 


By this point in the lecture, the initial amazement of the seminar participants at the unusual vehicle development gave way to just plain fascination. The development work on the NEF gives students the opportunity to realize their own project, keep track of project progress and then see a tangible result at the end. This kind of practical experience as part of the study is by no means self-evident. Often, projects are designed purely on the computer and are only ever implemented, once the student has left the company.

At GIGATRONIK, the intention is to expand the NEV project still further. Open tasks for students, for example, range from development of a drive system or energy supply system, development of driver assistance systems through to autonomous driving and display concepts and HMI or innovative fleet concepts. In addition to this, there are many other potential subject areas.

Students interested in the project will find all current vacancies and information about unsolicited applications at: http://www.gigatronik.com/en/career.html.

Kristin Boegner
Corporate Communications

kristin.boegner@no-spam-pleasegigatronik.com