Control unit & gateway
iWave took a look on the current electric vehicle (EV) market and evaluated the benefits of telematics in these. To connect to an EV, users can utilize a telematics control unit or a gateway. The company provides both. CAN, CAN FD, CANopen, and J1939 play a role in this.
The company stated in a current press release: Since 2019, The electric vehicle (EV) market has taken great strides and is set to transform the automotive industry. Automotive OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have increased spend on R&D on electric models and sustainable technology. Governments have introduced regulations and incentives to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles. Europe spearheaded this development, where EV adoption reached 8 percent due to policy mandates such as stricter emissions targets for OEMs and generous subsidies for consumers. Consumer attitude and increase awareness has led to a greater adoption of electric vehicles. A Deloitte report suggests that the global EV markets is to grow with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 29 percent achieved over the next ten years: Total EV sales growing from 2,5 million in 2020 to 11,2 million in 2025, then reaching 31,1 million by 2030.
To connect to the electric vehicles, users can utilize a telematics control unit or a gateway. The telematics control from the company, comes with three integrated CAN interfaces as well as wireless technologies such as 4G, Wifi, and Bluetooth. Different CAN interfaces can be connected to the different terminals within the EV backbone to tap different data points on different CAN networks.
The telematics control unit (TCU) iW-Rainbow-G26 from iWave, comes with three CAN interfaces (high-speed CAN, low-speed CAN, and CAN FD). This enables a connected network within the vehicle while collecting data from the vehicle electronic systems. The CAN network enables real-time analytics. The TCU serves as a data for various connected vehicle applications building the bridge between the vehicle and the various cloud platforms serving applications such as predictive maintenance scheduling, fleet management, and personalized driving experiences. The IP30-rated device, also supports the protocols ISO 15765-4, ISO 11898, CANopen, and CiA 447.
The telematics gateway iW-Rainbow-G41 from the company, provides four CAN interface (also high-speed CAN, low-speed CAN, and CAN FD). The gateway also encompasses sensors that can enable applications such as e-call, driver behavior analysis, and idling time. With the support of multiple protocols (ISO 15765-4, ISO 11898, and J1939) and edge firmware, the gateway is suitable for applications ranging from heavy duty trucks, vessels, industrial machinery, and passenger cars. The IP66-rated product acts as one multi-purpose device catering to various vehicles and mobility infrastructure.
Unlike conventional vehicles, EVs do not follow mandatory telematics data standards, making data access a challenge, the company said. Hence, the Linux-powered telematics control unit provides the software to be compatible with different makes and models of electric vehicles.
The wireless technologies provide the capability to power different use cases such as SMS alerts and notifications to the drivers and fleet owners. Wifi can help in firmware update of the ECU and vehicle electronics when connected to the user’s home networks and lay the foundation for the use cases. EVs have unique metrics that need to be monitored to optimize their performance, range, and return on investment, making telematics a must for electric vehicles, the company concluded.
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