Innovation of manufacturing & charging technology…Future car module era to come
Park Jung Il | comja77@ | 2018-01-11 10:57:00

2018 CES review

The future of the eco-friendly car can come sooner in the case of the wheels are just an electric car and can be charged easily. This possibility opened at `CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2018, the world`s largest consumer electronics exhibition. IT (information technology) and auto parts makers will continue to showcase new products that are destroying their business areas, allowing IT companies to easily build electric cars, and automakers can build autonomous vehicles even with one module attached.

Hyundai Mobis, on January 9, exhibited its "e-corner" module with wheels on the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, USA. The module has a 30 kW motor on each wheel and can deliver up to 120 kW of power. Considering the fact that 1 kW can be replaced by 1.3 hp, it can produce the same power as an engine with maximum 156 horsepower that can be inserted into an internal-combustion engine mid-sized car.

The electric brake, electric steering, and electric damper are packaged in this package. If this module is installed, it is possible to make an optimum electric car that moves each wheel independently and simultaneously moves the vehicle body along the ground. Kim Young-kwang, head of technology strategy team at Hyundai Mobis, said, "We made not only a finished car but also an IT company." Adding the car body and battery to this module will make it easier for IT companies to make electric cars.

Meanwhile, an IT platform that turns a finished car into an autonomous driving vehicle has emerged. The `drive line` platform, developed by Samsung Electronics with Haman, is a major player in automotive and mobility service companies` autonomous navigation, allowing them to choose sensors, components, and software such as radar and cameras. It is an open, extensible modular autonomous navigation solution that can be applied to cars and services.

There are also various solutions related to charging, which is the biggest obstacle to the popularization of EVs. Continental and Qualcomm each put their wireless charging solutions at the show. Continental has introduced this automatic wireless charging system to provide a micro navigation solution that allows the vehicle to be accurately positioned with a charging pad on the ground, boosting charging efficiency to 90 percent of the wire. Continental also introduced the `All-Charge` technology, which enables electric cars to be used in external devices regardless of current or voltage type, and `Contisense` products that check the condition of road surface and tires in real time by attaching sensors to tires.

Panasonic presented `e-Train` a replacement battery platform specialized for small electric cars.

The platform, which has been developed for electric motorcycles and small electric vehicles, is inserted into a dedicated charging device capable of charging about 20 battery packs at a time, and then removed and reinserted when charging is completed. Adding a shared service to this platform means you can ride a 100% charged electric car without waiting for a charge.

Indeed, as the era of electric cars comes, new products from prospective SMEs are emerging. China`s small and medium-sized business first introduced an electric car equipped with a large touch-screen dashboard to launch in 2019, and in the United States, Pisker introduced a luxury electric sports car that could run at 643 kilometers per charge.

"Once the electric car era comes, the number of automobile parts is reduced to one-fifth, and the modularization will significantly reduce the barriers to entry into the market," said an industry observer. "Parts makers diversify their market segments and automakers differentiate their software and services and we will have a chance to come out soon."

Las Vegas (USA) = By Park Jung Il comja77@

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