Two UK technology companies have joined forces to develop an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) designed to accurately predict EV range and optimise energy efficiency.
Hypermile and Spark EV Technology, firms specialising in AI-powered technology for the automotive industry, will bring their project, Co-pilot, to the market through a £400,000 Innovate UK grant.
Co-pilot is a hardware and software solution, to allow drivers of battery electric vehicles to travel even further on a single charge and eliminate range anxiety and battery over-specification.
The intuitive system uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assess when it is best suited for the vehicle to coast – using no energy – and when to maximise the percentage of braking, a variable that is regenerative, helping to recharge the vehicle’s battery.
Specialist in automotive autonomy Hypermile will head up the collaboration to develop the product from the manufacturing process to the end-user.
Meanwhile, the software will leverage Spark EV’s range prediction technology to analyse real-world variables such as traffic, weather, and driver behaviour to provide accurate data on how far the vehicle can travel before needing to be recharged.
Jakub Langr, co-founder of Hypermile, said, “This collaboration is a massive step in the right direction for the electric vehicle industry.
“The outcome of this project could be the solution to a number of issues preventing the widespread adoption of battery-powered vehicles.”
Justin Ott, CEO of Spark EV Technology, added, “Co-pilot will allow us to look at how different driver profiles can affect range accuracy and utility in autonomous electric vehicles.
“As the automotive industry continues its drive towards an electrified future, projects such as this will play a considerable role in the way we utilise these systems in both low-emission commercial and passenger vehicles.”