Intelligent Driving ushers in new era of smart propulsions.
Delphi Technologies is developing next-generation propulsion technologies designed to help us all drive better, cleaner and further by driving smarter. Through a suite of solutions we call Intelligent Driving, we’re pairing powertrain electrification advances with existing and emerging automated and connected vehicle systems in order to lower emissions, and boost fuel economy and range.
How? By leveraging the data being collected by devices such as on-board cameras used in safety systems and off-board guidance systems used in route planning to plot the best road, the best speed and the best distance between vehicles (to name a few) to optimize vehicle performance.
This ground-breaking shift in propulsion is possible regardless of the powerplant of choice – internal combustion, hybrid or electric vehicle. And, while more sophisticated functionality is tied to cloud-based autonomy and connectivity, the solutions we’re exploring could be deployed on vehicles equipped with nothing more than the ability to sync with a smartphone.
Big data, big possibilities.
Let’s step back a minute and talk a bit about vehicle electrification and controllers. There’s no question vehicles are becoming ever more electrified in order to keep up with increasing regulatory targets and content demands. With the rise in electrification, high-tech computers, or controllers as they are known, have evolved to oversee and regulate more and more vehicle functions.
Electronic controllers can be found on everything from engines and transmissions to systems that support recent advances in collision avoidance and autonomy. Not only do they manage specific system operations, they also gather data from cameras, radar, LIDAR and the like, processing and cross-communicating that information to other controllers to improve safety, responsiveness, longevity and even luxury.
The growth in controllers has led to the advent of on-vehicle networks, as well as the need for a single device to orchestrate the entire performance. For powertrain systems, this hub is the propulsion controller. Already found on many of today’s hybrid and electric vehicles, propulsion controllers function much like computer servers, parsing the inputs and processing the outputs to the other controllers to keep the vehicle in motion.
And, it’s the propulsion controller that blows the door on Intelligent Driving wide open, allowing us to tap into all the data, powertrain and non-powertrain alike, to elevate the future of propulsion
The possibilities of Intelligent Driving.
Bring in the cloud.
We’ve established that cameras, radar, navigation systems and so on, all provide data on conditions around the vehicle and the route ahead. This is data the propulsion system can use today to improve performance. Bring in the cloud – and the rich data found in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies – and the propulsion system controls become even more predictive.
Information on speeds, locations, traffic light patterns, stop-and-go congestion and more can be funneled from the cloud into the propulsion controller, which in turn, can actively adjust vehicle course, speed, energy and performance to save fuel, boost range and cut emissions.
You’re still in control of the vehicle; it’s just now able to offer you green, as well as autonomous and connected, options.
Byte by byte.
While the vision for Intelligent Driving solutions is clear, as is their potential, there are a few hurdles we have to overcome first. This includes the creation and refinement of advanced software algorithms to sort through the terabytes of data created by the on-board and off-board systems to find the right bytes for propulsion. We have prototype vehicles we’re using to resolve such challenges, including one that’s part of our NEXTCAR Program partnership. Current development estimates put Intelligent Driving on track for release in time for the 2022 or 2023 model year.