Hitachi, Airbiquity team up to develop telematics for electric vehicles

Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. and Airbiquity Inc. have formed a new partnership with the intention of providing telematics systems for electric cars. Airbiquity have a lot of experience in this area – they are the company that provide a lot of the communications infrastructure for the OnStar and Sync systems used by Ford and General Motors.  Hitachi will now be developing additional applications and services to be used in electric cars that have the Airbiquity systems.  At the moment this technology focuses on helping drivers to manage the charging requirements of the vehicle and remotely monitoring the charge status.  It will be interesting to see what other applications this partnership comes up with and which automakers they will be working with.

With the Hitachi Automotive Systems, and the Airbiquity-created platform forming a central hub in the smart-grid network, the partnership paves the way for creating gateway infrastructures that can be linked with smart-grid systems. This will increase the footprint of both companies in the field of global connected vehicle services, and help automotive manufacturers worldwide quickly implement EV solutions, creating efficiencies and optimizing the costs of their service operations.

“As both social awareness of traffic and transportation efficiency and the importance of contributing to the protection of the environment rise, Hitachi Automotive Systems continues to focus on providing connected vehicle service providers with intelligent, advanced solutions,” said Masamori Kashiyama, General Manager of the Next-Generation Telematics Center of Hitachi Automotive Systems’ CIS Division. “Combining these with Airbiquity’s specialized technology and extensive operational experience in the area of vehicle connectivity will make it possible for vehicle manufacturers to operate and maintain their services with more speed and efficiency than if they were operating on their own.”

But, who is Airbiquity?

Airbiquity is the global leader in the design,operation and management of connectivity infrastructure. With 13 million vehicles on the road today, the company’s expertise and experience enables intelligent transportation services for category leaders in the automotive and mobile resource management industries. some of the features of this industry are :

  • Electric vehicles: eco-routing, charging stations, energy consumption, integration with automaker back-office systems
  • Vehicle health reports: optimize vehicle operation with proactive vehicle maintenance notifications
  • Fuel consumption: tracking and reporting with real-time traffic and route planning improve fuel consumption
  • Driver behavior: record driver behavior and its impact on performance with recommendations to improve vehicle operation and fuel use
  • Vehicle performance characteristics: idle time, acceleration/braking profile, pollution emissions monitoring
  • Recommendations for driver and vehicle changes to improve fuel consumption

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Mix Diesel with Biomass-Based Nylon and you can cut Soot by 50%

The doctoral research conducted by ir. Michael Boot was intended to make a soot-free diesel variant. He has succeeded in doing so by mixing the substance cyclohexanone with ordinary diesel. This causes the fuel, which is named Cyclox, to ignite later than usual, which allows oxygen and fuel to mix better. As a result, fewer soot particles are produced. “We have measured zero emission of soot at an air-fuel ratio of 50 to 50 “, Boot explains. During tests conducted in an idling passenger car, with a ratio of 10/90 (cyclohexanone/ordinary diesel), there is a fifty percent reduction in soot emission. That is an important datum, as soot emission poses a problem in inner cities in particular, where cars often move slowly or idle. The university has applied for an international patent on Cyclox.

Green nylon
Moreover, Boot’s research bore out that cyclohexanone can be made from lignin. This substance is released in great quantities as a waste product in the paper industry, among others. For this reason the Eindhoven researcher wants to try and develop an industrial process for making cyclohexanone from waste lignin on a large scale and at low cost. Together with three Departments and several companies he has submitted a project proposal for this with Agentschap NL. The purpose is eventually to make not only Cyclox with this, but also ‘green’ nylon. Indeed, cyclohexanone is also the main raw material of nylon.

It sounds like just the thing we want: fuel and nylon from waste. Will all our cars be running on this ‘waste fuel’ before long? It will not come to that. In the Netherlands for one the amount of waste lignin is enough to reach five percent admixture to all diesel taken in. In the Scandinavian countries, where the paper industry is bigger, this percentage is higher. Boot: “Cyclox is not the final solution, but it can make a substantial contribution to solving the energy issue.”

Michael Boot will take his PhD on April 20 by defending his dissertation entitled ‘Approaches to improve mixing in compression ignition engines’. He conducted his research with the Combustion Technology group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research was financed by STW technology foundation and DAF Trucks.

Boot found yet another way to make diesels cleaner. He came up with a new kind of diesel injector tip, the PFAMEN (Porous Fuel Air Mixing Enhancing Nozzle). Normally an injector tip has a limited number of holes. Boot had a surprising idea: what if we use a filter as the tip? Thereby the diesel is atomized much more, so its combustion is better – as well as cleaner. Boot developed this idea into a prototype, which has already carried out half a million injections successfully. The PFAMEN has another big advantage: it works at a lower than the usual pressure. This reduces the fuel consumption. And the fuel circuit, which is the most expensive part of the engine, can be made much more cheaply.

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the new toy of the day: Electric Air Vehicle

 It’s an airplane concept conjured up by the mind of aerospace engineer Mark Moore. The unusual looking, vertical take-off and landing tailsitter is only an idea, but you’d never know that from the attention the Puffin has gotten on the Internet.

Moore came up with the design for the electric powered, 12-foot (3.7 m) long, 14.5-foot (4.4 m) wingspan personal air vehicle as part of the coursework for his doctoral degree. Then Langley’s creativity and innovation and revolutionary technical challenges funds paid for much of the research. How the Puffin rocketed from esoteric erudition to web sensation is a classic case study in the power of the viral nature of the web.

First it appeared on the Scientific American website from the original interview on electric aircraft propulsion. There Moore was quoted as saying the team named the design the Puffin because, “If you’ve ever seen a puffin on the ground, it looks very awkward, with wings too small to fly, and that’s exactly what our vehicle looks like,” Moore says. “But it’s also apparently called the most environmentally friendly bird, because it hides its poop. So the vehicle is environmentally friendly because it essentially has no emissions. Also, puffins tend to live in solitude, only ever coming together on land to mate, and ours is a one-person vehicle.”

The pictures and video of the Puffin helped attract media attention too. It’s not everyday that you see a design that’s part plane, part helicopter that stands upright on the ground. Its tail splits into four “legs” that serve as landing gear. It lifts off like a helicopter, hovers and then leans forward to fly horizontally with the pilot lying down like in a hang-glider.

Puffin would be a hybrid of helicopter and small aircraft. Like a helicopter it would stand upright on the ground. Its tail consists of 4 legs that act as landing gear. It lifts off like a helicopter. When it hovers and leans forward to fly horizontally it gives the appearance of a hang-glider. Next step of the NIA will be to fly a remote control one-third size model. This experiment will enable them to validate theorems made in academic studies, with the particular emphasis on exploring the transition from hover to forward flight.

I think this is amazing for all people who lives in big big cities!


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