Hyliion. has filed a patent for systems and methods providing traction assistance in vehicles. The technology involves determining slip conditions on a route using vehicle and external data, configuring the electric drive powertrain accordingly, and communicating this to the controller for optimal performance. GlobalData’s report on Hyliion gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Hyliion, Hydrogen fuel cells was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hyliion's grant share as of January 2024 was 37%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Traction assistance system for vehicles with electric drive powertrain

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hyliion Holdings Corp

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240034298A1) describes a system for vehicles that includes a primary powertrain with a fuel-fed engine and an electric drive powertrain with a battery system. The system also involves a cloud computing system that communicates with the electric drive powertrain to receive vehicle data and external data, analyze the data to determine slip conditions on the vehicle's route, and adjust the electric drive powertrain configuration accordingly. The electric drive powertrain controller operates the electric drive powertrain based on this configuration.

The system allows for the independent operation of the primary powertrain and the electric drive powertrain to propel the vehicle. The electric drive powertrain provides motive torque to the electric drive axle, while the battery system can selectively supply electrical power to the motor/generator to assist in propelling the vehicle. The cloud computing system analyzes various data, including vehicle location, speed, load information, and previous slip events, to predict and address potential slip conditions. By continuously updating the electric drive powertrain configuration based on changes in data and route conditions, the system aims to optimize vehicle traction and performance, ensuring efficient operation and safety on the road.

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