Onthe journey of building India’s first indigenous drive-train electronics for the next generation of electric two-wheelers, we have embarked on the development path where in we could understand the aspects of the enabling tech called software-defined vehicles that would make your EVs much more capable that what they are currently able to achieve.
With this article I cover what software-defined vehicles are along with some interesting use cases and how our solution would meet those needs.
Its described for a vehicle whose features and functions are primarily accessed through software, a result of the ongoing transformation of the automobile from a product that is mainly hardware-based to a software-centric electronic device on wheels.
It will enable the vehicle to be upgraded via over-the-air (OTA) updates, similar to what we have in smartphones. It will allow manufacturers to tweak various parameters or logics of the electric vehicles, such as battery management systems, motor control algorithms, and energy efficiency protocols directly to the vehicles without the need for physical intervention. For instance, they can fine-tune the charging parameters to optimize charging times and extend battery life.
In another instance, a vehicle manufacturer might identify a potential software bug affecting a specific model’s range estimation accuracy. Instead of initiating a costly and time-consuming recall, they can quickly rectify the issue through a targeted OTA update, ensuring all affected vehicles benefit from the fix instantly.
Furthermore, OTA updates enable manufacturers to introduce exciting new features and enhancements. Imagine an EV fleet used for ride-sharing or delivery services that initially offered a basic infotainment system. With OTA updates, the manufacturer can introduce advanced multimedia features, navigation improvements, or even autonomous driving capabilities, revolutionizing the user experience and future-proofing the vehicles.
It will also enable the developer ecosystem wherein a developer can integrate different sensors, and/or actuators, write application codes and they would be able to realize new features which can be flashed to all existing vehicles with those sensors via software OTA updates.
Example: A developer could integrate a camera, download the libraries to sync with hardware, and write custom app logic, say for AI enabled pothole detection, and this software then can be used by vehicles that have a camera simply by updating their vehicle like they update their smartphone.
The prominent benefit that SDVs provide is the ability to differentiate their brand’s driving and ownership experience and leverage the software expertise from their supplier to help them overcome challenges in the SDV space. The OEM can offer each software-defined vehicle model in fewer configurations but with improved personalization capability through the software applications its architecture enables. This approach leads to higher customer satisfaction because the customer pays only for what they need.
Here are a few examples of value-added services that are personalized for each vehicle and user:
Targeting all two-wheeler form factors, iCommuteX integrates the drivetrain electronics with a common software stack through a secure operating system that allows applications to be built on top of it. It plays a pivotal role in achieving our goals and success in the industry.