The Car Clinic

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Impressions of the opening ceremony of the Car Clinic at the Sanaa building on the site of the  Zeche Zollverein, in Essen 25.11.2013

In November 2013, at the week long Car Clinic the research findings were presented to the NRW minister Garrelt Duin, the public, the participants, guests and the press.

A Car Clinic is a common market research instrument of the automobile industry, during which newly developed vehicle and mobility concepts are introduced to the target consumer along with rival vehicles that are already on the market. The test persons were eingehend befragt with regard to their driving simulation experience in the city 2030, the design of the NRWCar and their willingness to buy the NRWCar.

Program of the opening ceremony

Program Eröffnung AProgram Eröffnung B


Impressions of the Car Clinic 25.11.2013



The city 2030

To change the future of mobility we must ask questions about the future of the city. We must come to understand it and find a way to further develop the automobile sustainably and connect it to ecologically viable forms of mobility. Sharing, rather than owning will soon be the motto of the new mobile generation. Forming the urban future are electronic modes of transport and car sharing, which, alongside public transport, cycling and walking, plays an important role in individual mobility.

Influences on the evolution of our cities

How will our cities change in the future? Which implications do central predictions of the effects of economic, ecological, social and technological developments have on future urban spaces and mobility from the perspective of urban development? For clarification on these questions, social developmental trends were selected with the help of empirical analysis of current studies from the areas of climate change, mobilities, consumption, intelligent communications technologies, renewable energies and health and their relevance to the topical focal point of electronic mobility in the city 2030.

The electronically mobile city

Urban development in the last century has been dominated the fossil powered car. Our present urban traffic systems and urban spaces adversely effect the environment, health and quality of life. Electromobility is local, free of emissions and contributes significantly to noise reduction in cities. The use of electricity from renewable energy sources guarantees CO2 neutral mobility. In addition to this, the electric vehicles can be integrated into the new energy system as storage mediums. Electromobility allows a new positioning of urban design and ensures the linkage of various fields of technology. Electromobility is an important component in ensuring the same quality of mobility with less traffic and increasing the quality of life in cities.

In the course of the project »DesignStudio NRW« the Institute for Urban Planning and Development conducted research into the integration of electronic modes of transport in urban mobility concepts.

The cityscape 2030 at the Car Clinic

In a single visual statement The cityscape 2030 showcases all the findings of the considered social trends. This fictitious city consists of typical types of urban spaces and their conditions and requirements regarding mobility 2030. This dialectical relationship between the city structure and mobility is explained and made perceptible during the exhibition. Supplemented by the driving simulator and the NRWCar, mobility in the city 2030 is made more tangible for the observer.


Modular driving simulation with individual extension levels.

Simultaneous driving simulators allow studies to be conducted with real drivers in virtual traffic scenarios. This way, important information can be gained about developing prototypes. This is especially helpful when examining acceptance, useability, understanding and technical feasibility.

The validity of the studies conducted relies substantially on the quality of the simulator which is used. Besides a realistic traffic model, the human-to-machine communication (acoustic and tactile resonance) is pivotal.

The passenger compartment in the simulator shown here features a touch screen, a digital speedometer and a 3D mouse. It is also capable of interior noise simulations of up to 46 db within the cockpit. Exterior noise, road noise and oncoming traffic are relayed to the driver via a 5.1 sound system. The screen is arranged radially and offers the driver a view of 252° and 2.6 m height. Six HD beamers depict a realistic traffic scenario with a 4.2 m diameter.

The simulator shown here is driven by six linear motors. The maximum angle the 2 x 2.4 m large structure can reach is 10°. The movement of the vehicle structure due to street agitations can be shown at a maximum frequency of 40 Hz.


Quantative interviews during the week long Car Clinic

During the seven day Car Clinic many of the invited participants were interviewed again. The results from the first round of questioning during the beginning of the project built the basis for a target customer profile, which was decisive for the design of the NRWCar.

Even spontaneous guests of the Car Clinic were able to take part in the quantitive survey.



A selection of press releases can be found here

22.05.2013 // Press release of the University Duisburg-Essen
New boost for the E-Car
Ministry of Economics sponsors DesignStudio NRW

24.05.2013 // Springer Press release
“Designstudio NRW” develop a new concept for electromobility

21.11.2013 // Press release of the University Duisburg-Essen
The E-car of tomorrow
Minister of Economics Duin opens week long test studio at Zollverein in Essen

21.11.2013 // Press release
Reaserchers develop NRWCar 2030 – first drafts can be seen at Zollverein

26.11.2013 // Press release
NRWCar 2030: Electromobility from the newly established DesignStudio NRW

27.11.2013 // Press release
NRWCar 2030, Yamaha, Shimano, VW, Toyota

28.11.2013 // Press release
DesignStudio NRW shows E-car and mobility environment of the future

29.11.2013 // Press release
Researchers from Essen design car of the future

02.12.2013 // Press release
DesignStudio NRW shows E-car and mobility environment of the future