Advanced Sensing Electronic Systems for Electrified and Autonomous Vehicles 🗓

— mild-hybrid, starter/generator, monitoring, Radar, Lidar, wireless, convergence, alliances …

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Webinar Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM (ET)
Speaker: Sergio Saponara, University of Pisa
Location: on the Web
Cost: none
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Event Details & Registration: tec.ieee.org

Summary: The tutorial will focus on recent advances in sensing electronic systems for new generations of vehicles. To address the needs of safe, sustainable and smart mobility of people and goods, vehicles are becoming electrified and with driver-assisted/autonomous capability. The social and economic impact of the smart transportation field is huge, since every year 90 million vehicles are sold worldwide and 1.25 million people are killed due to lack of safety. In the US 3.1 billions of gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to traffic congestion. According to market forecasts, in 2017-2022, CO2 emissions can be reduced by more than 100 million tonnes per annum just applying a micro/mild-hybrid technology, i.e. using hybrid vehicles where an integrated starter/generator (ISG) electric machine, up to 10 kW, assists the internal combustion engine (ICE), which is reduced in size and weight. The ISG enables Start-and-Stop, regenerative breaking, generator working mode to supply on-board electric loads, and torque-assistance of the ICE at low-speed, when it is not efficient. 48V Li-ion batteries and/or supercapacitors are used for energy storage. Innovative motor/generator electrical machines, up to 10 kW, can represent the single traction unit for lightweight vehicles such as e-bikes, e-scooters, e-quads.

The interest in the research subject of electrified and assisted/self-driving vehicles is demonstrated by the rise of new vehicle companies like Tesla and Uber and by the huge investments in the automotive field of electronics/electrical companies like Google, Intel, Infineon, STMicroelectronics, NVIDIA, and ABB to name just a few. A convergence is foreseen worldwide in the near future between ICT/Electronics industry and traditional OEM and tier-1 automotive industry (see as example announced alliance between INTEL and BMW). Key enabling technologies for this scenario are the innovation in sensing electronic systems, needed for:
— assisted/autonomous driving to detect obstacles and relative position/speed in the surrounding environment (e.g. Radar and Lidar) and for accurate positioning and navigation, i.e. fusion of on-board inertial measurement units (IMU) with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) signals.
— electrified vehicles to estimate and to monitor voltage, current and temperature of power drive electronics and energy storage sub-system (Li-ion Battery packs or supercapacitors).

The tutorial will be divided in 3 parts, each of 15 minutes, plus final Q&A interactive open discussion session.
In Part 1 innovation and market trends in the field of vehicles with electrified/hybrid propulsion and assisted/self-driving capabilities will be discussed.
In Part 2 real-time sensor acquisition and processing of data from Radar, Camera and Lidar will be discussed and a comparison of these technologies will be carried out. Practical examples of Radar surveillance in transportation systems (railway, automotive and small ships) will be presented. This Section will deal also with fusion of signals from on-board IMU sensors (accelerators, gyroscopes) and GNSS wireless signals for accurate navigation and positioning.
Part 3 will focus on circuits and architectures for monitoring and management of Li-Ion batteries and/or super-capacitor in electric/hybrid vehicles with a special focus on micro/mild-hybrid architectures. This is the most promising solution for a rapid market diffusion of electric mobility since, with bus voltage below 60-70V, in micro/mild-hybrid vehicles costly shock protection devices are not required.