In this continuing IPRO project cluster, teams have been focusing on four projects: (1) Refuelable electric vehicles; (2) Internally cooled fast-charging battery for vehicles; (3) Adaptive-cycle hybrid vehicles, (4) Hover-car and (5) Icarus — the flying car. The Adaptive-cycle and Internal cooling teams have further organized in smaller, more specialized teams. There is also a Business team coordinating all of the effort. This organization model for a high-tech corporation or corporate R&D laboratory, tackling several advanced concepts for possible introduction in the market, will be carried forward for fall 2016.
For fall 2016, some of the above projects may continue, while new ones will be added in order to drop those that don’t appear to have potential and add those that look promising. The projects generally involve hardware prototyping and testing of solutions; however, important aspects of designing for the user and understanding the social and economic constraints are additional critical aspects of vehicle systems innovation and development.
There are unique benefits associated with being part of a multi-IPRO cluster. This includes interaction across a variety of collaborating organizations and suppliers that benefits all of the teams. There is regular opportunity for members of each team to give updates to all teams on progress and challenges. This involves everyone in a collaborative way to suggest approaches to solving problems and helping each other achieve goals.