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Briefly after more than 500 companies joined the MIH electric vehicle (EV) open platform alliance, a platform aiming to shorten the time to market for electric vehicle developers, Jack Cheng, CEO of MIH EV open platform revealed technical specifications of the EV Kit along with an open letter.

EV Kit includes software and hardware specifications

Along with open communication protocols and usage of drive-by-wire technology, the “EV Kit” aims to provide autonomous driving developers with an interface to control the platform and assist with the system design and validation.

According to the EV Kit, autonomous driving architecture is divided into two parts.

The first part is the “sensors and decision-making system,” which utilizes the information collected from the autonomous controller, HMI and communication modules with the sensors such as cameras, radars, LiDAR, and vehicle states (IMU, GNSS) to make the calculation and actional decisions.

The second part is wire-controlled hardware, which receives commands from the “sensors and decision-making system” to perform braking, steering, and acceleration/deceleration actions.

Combining both the dynamic relationship of the decision-making system and the wire-controlled components is essential to realize the autonomous driving function.

Other vehicle specifications include adopting a permanent-magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) and the battery maximum power can reach 130 kW. The energy is 50 kWh. The fully charged battery can drive 360 km. With fast charging, the car battery can reach 80% in 48 minutes.

MIH EV open platform to hold partner conference next month

Foxconn initiated MIH EV open platform in response to three main challenges facing developers in the EV industry, including high development costs, long lead times and insufficient resources. Current members include ARM, Siemens Software, GuardKnox, DRIMAES, ARTC and ITRI.

Aiming to become the “Android system of the electric vehicle industry”, the MIH EV open platform open source applies to both hardware and software components for automotive developers to build on scalable modules depending on the body style and create an EV ecosystem.

In addition to the tool kit release, Cheng also announced the first partnership conference of the alliance to be held in March.