BBC program “Horizons” reports on research at TUM

Self-healing concrete and the eSeater on BBC World News

Behind the scenes: Horizons presenter Alex Forrest and Prof. Gernot Spiegelberg take a spin in the eSeater. (Picture: S. Reiffert / TUM)
Behind the scenes: Horizons presenter Alex Forrest and Prof. Gernot Spiegelberg take a spin in the eSeater. (Picture: S. Reiffert / TUM)

TUM in the media

The current episode of “Horizons” on BBC World News shows two research projects with TUM participation. Prof. Christian Grosse develops concrete that heals itself. And Prof. Gernot Spiegelberg drives through the university with a reporter in the “eSeater.” In the future, this electric taxi is expected to drive itself autonomously, fold itself up to park, and come quickly when a customer wants it.

Repair work at bridges or tunnels can lead to major traffic jams. Wouldn’t it be practical if the construction material had the capability to repair itself? Prof. Christian Grosse of TUM’s Chair for Non-destructive Testing explains how that could work in the episode “Reinventing Rail and Roads” of BBC’s “Horizons” series.

Prof. Gernot Spiegelberg has developed a novel vehicle concept that is tailored to the needs of the elderly, among others. The BBC film team tested a prototype of the eSeater in the great hall shared by the Computer Science and Mathematics departments.

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The complete episode “Reinforcing Rail and Roads” will be broadcast on BBC World News on May 9 (9:30 CET) and on May 10 (21:30 CET).

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