U Power has developed an innovative approach to car manufacturing that I expect will reduce development and manufacturing time for electric vehicles and cut production costs by up to 60%. Smart electric vehicle technology startup U Power has joined the eSync Alliance, which announced the move.
The company launched the UP Super Board, which incorporates the core capabilities of smart electric vehicles, including electronic propulsion, braking, suspension, steering, intelligent driving and thermal systems. The council is redefining automotive manufacturing by developing a modular approach to creating electric skateboard chassis that can be adapted to a variety of body styles and brands.
"Our approach brings rapid, low-cost development and innovation to the growing electric vehicle industry," said Zhai Yao, general manager of U Power USA. The eSync Alliance brought these same concepts into the air pipeline and set working standards for an important technology to increase the capabilities of the UP Superboard."
"As a platform based hardware and software system, the UP Superboard will lower barriers to entry, enabling more enterprises to meet the rapid introduction and diverse market needs of smart ELECTRIC vehicles," said Mike Gardner, executive director of the eSync Alliance.
U Power joins a growing list of members that includes major tier 1, auto manufacturers and semiconductor companies. These companies are working together to produce standard two-way data pipelines from the cloud to electronic devices in the automotive market. The alliance is a global network of partner vendors that aim to establish a highly trusted multi-vendor path for end-to-end secure OTA and data services for connected vehicles.
The alliance is based on eSync, a cloud and embedded software platform that provides a secure, two-way data pipeline between the cloud and on-board electronic terminals. It provides and updates software and firmware OTAs, and collects real-time diagnostic and telematics data from the vehicle's terminal devices.
The architecture includes servers in the cloud, clients for the vehicle, and agents for different ECUs or sensors distributed around the vehicle. This allows rapid expansion of the in-car network without interfering with server/client communications and direct migration from one vehicle platform to another.