Smart EV startup to disrupt electric vehicle design and development

20-04-2022 | eSync Alliance | Automotive Technologies

The eSync Alliance has announced that U Power, a Smart EV technology startup, has joined the Alliance. U Power has developed an innovative approach to car-making, which i anticipated to lower the R&D and manufacturing time to construct EVs, and cut production costs by up to 60%.

The company has launched the UP Super Board, which combines the core capabilities of smart EVs, including E-propulsion, braking, suspension, steering, smart driving, and thermal systems. By developing a modular approach, making a working EV skateboard chassis that can accommodate multiple body styles and brands, the board is redefining car-making.

Yao Zhai, general manager of U Power US, said, "Our approach brings fast, cost-efficient development and innovation to the growing EV industry. The eSync Alliance brings those same concepts to the over-the-air pipeline, with a working standard for an important technology to add to the UP Super Board’s capabilities.”

Mike Gardner, executive director at the eSync Alliance, said, "As a platform-based software and hardware system, the UP Super Board will lower barriers to entry, and enable more companies to meet the fast launch and diversified market needs of intelligent EVs.”

The Alliance is a global network of co-operating suppliers established to build a high-confidence, multi-vendor path for end-to-end secure OTA and data services for the connected car. U Power joins an increasing membership that includes major Tier-1, automaker and semiconductor companies. These companies work together to produce a standard bi-directional data pipeline from the cloud to electronic devices in the automotive market.

The Alliance is based around eSync, a platform of cloud and embedded software that offers a secure, bi-directional data pipeline between the cloud and electronic end devices in vehicles. It can provide and update software and firmware OTA, and collect real-time diagnostics and telematics data from end devices in the vehicle.

The architecture comprises of a server in the cloud, a client for the vehicle, and agents distributed around the vehicle for the different ECUs or sensors. This enables fast scaling of the in-car network without disturbing the server/client communication, and straightforward migration from one vehicle platform to the next.

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