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KlugPKW™ Automotive Module

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When the car was first launched it was feared, a law required a man with a red flag to walk in front of it to warn other road users of the coming danger! Starting as a luxury, the motorcar has become a vital tool within less than 100 years. There are still luxury options, but with millions of cars on the road, the motor car is now part of mass consumerism.

With success come problems - traffic jams and general traffic congestion add considerably to journey times; fossil fuels that power the majority of vehicles pollute the air; and the apparent safety of the occupants, particularly the driver, mean that many people drive too fast or carelessly - road rage is now a common impediment.

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Looking under the hood of a classic car, you can make out many of the components that drive, stop and maintain the vehicle - carburetors, air filter, fluid bottles for brakes, washers, etc. Do the same with a modern car and much of it is sealed and indistinguishable. Modern mechanics no longer listen and observe the car; they plug it in to see a full diagnosis. Quicker - yes, but we may be losing a skill set.

Companies are now also developing self-drive cars, removing the possibly of human error. The only problem with that is that to date, driverless cars have been involved in a high proportion of accidents, relative to their few numbers. There are, however, levels of autonomy. In the USA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a formal classification system, as follows:

  • Level 0: The driver controls the vehicle at all times
  • Level 1: Individual vehicle controls are automated, for example electronic stability control; automatic braking, etc.
  • Level 2: At least two controls capable of being automated in unison, for example adaptive cruise control with active lane departure warning/control
  • Level 3: The driver can give control of all safety-critical functions fully to the vehicle in certain conditions. The car can sense when conditions require the driver to resume control in a safe and timely manner
  • Level 4: The fully autonomous vehicle - performs all safety-critical functions for the entire trip, with the driver not expected to control the vehicle at any time

KlugPKW™

KlugTech does not expect fully autonomous cars to be mainstream within the next twenty years on the open road, but we do envisage increased level 2 and 3 developments. The KlugPKW™ automotive module uses our understanding of connected devices to make solutions that increase the comfort, safety, security and efficiency of a vehicle. This is fed to the driver in an unobtrusive way, allow interaction via the onboard computer interface, mobile device or voice.

Mobile Security

By linking the vehicle EMAH™ to the owner/driver PIM, we can identify whether or not the vehicle is due to be used, and monitor where it is being driven. Keyless systems have been in the headlines recently as thieves have found their weaknesses. Combining our multi-level security with the vehicle systems and tracking protocols, we can minimize the theft and vandalism of cars.

Reactive Environment

Have you ever driven a long distance and started feeling tired. Of course you should take a break every so often, but you push on. Alternatively, you are in a long line of very slow moving traffic and can't get out despite not really going anywhere! The Mangala Environmental Control™ module monitors the air temperature and quality, the general environment and the driver, it will adjust the temperature to keep the driver comfortable, or uncomfortable - keeping him/her awake until it is safe to stop.

Knowledge

As the vehicle systems are linked to calendars and routes, the system knows why you are travelling, and where you plan to go. Alternative routes are suggested via the GPS navigation system. Advanced warning is also sent of any delays to the people you are meeting, keeping everyone informed.

Performance data is also shared with the occupants of the vehicle, so they understand how it is performing, this data also feeds the driver's system, understanding the fuel needs of each driver. If permitted, the system can contact the garage to arrange a repair or service - obviously with the owner's permission.

Power Charge

Modern cars have a high electrical demand, increased by the desire of passengers to charge mobile devices, or GPS systems, etc. The Kawe Transport Management™ module shuts down wasteful links, and can link to alternative energy capture options such as solar panels and our own Wiatrak Power Generator™ or the Gyrus Vortex Turbine™. Generating power through the engine alone increases fuel consumption in petrol/diesel vehicles, and consume valuable 'fuel' in electric vehicles.

We do not make cars, so the KlugPKW™ is a retrofit, available for nearly all modern vehicles. For more details, and to have a chat with our transport experts, please contact us today - select your local office or distributor.

 

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