Ericsson has announced a partnership with Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands focussed on advancing the intelligent capabilities of automotive vehicles, starting with a solar-powered connected car.
Ericsson is sponsoring the university’s Solar Team Eindhoven, which is designing a solar-powered vehicle to compete in the Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge 2015 from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia a 3,000 km race. The Eindhoven team won the inaugural challenge in 2013 and are looking to retain their title this year with a solar-powered, four-seat family car capable of travelling the distance whilst only once recharging its battery from the grid.
Ericsson will also contribute an application based on the Connected Traffic Cloud platform it launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month.
Connected Traffic Cloud is a managed cloud platform that enables two-way sharing of data between connected vehicles and road traffic authorities. For the purposes of the World Solar Challenge, the technology will be used to aggregate car, traffic and weather data, perform in-depth analytics and select an optimal route. The partners are hoping that Connected Traffic Cloud will help conserve energy and increase the Eindhoven’s teams’ chances of success.
Speaking at the launch of the platform, Orvar Hurtig, head of industry and society at Ericsson, believes that real-time data analysis is the key to driving more intelligent road networks.
“Mobile connectivity is increasingly a must-have feature in cars, thanks to both consumer demand for infotainment and a wide range of regulatory initiatives that aim to increase road safety,” he said. “As a result, vehicles are becoming a major source of data that could be used to improve road traffic authorities’ ability to manage traffic and prevent avoidable accidents. Connected Traffic Cloud is the means by which that data could be shared.”