Here Technologies has announced a new EV Range Factors product aimed at reducing driver range anxiety with improved on route battery range calculations.
The ‘on-route, distance to empty’ calculations for electric vehicles (EVs) are a complex challenge and are often a major contributor to range anxiety for consumers. Various static and dynamic factors impact EV range along a route and many are not adequately captured and used in EV routing engines. Today’s predictions mostly use historical data from prior trips and do not consider real time and predictive impacts that may or may not occur during the driver’s journey.
EV Range Factors helps original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) take the step beyond using only historical data toward predictive data, enhancing the accuracy and reliability of the vehicle’s on route range predictions. It is designed for automakers building their in house routing solutions for EVs. By supplementing OEM routing solutions, automakers can elevate the accuracy of their EVs’ route specific range predictions.
EV Range Factors provides road topography data to help the vehicle understand changes to upcoming road elevation, slope, curvature and roughness. The data is available for 60 countries.
It also leverages predictive outside ambient temperature data and road surface temperature data which significantly impact EV driving range and incorporates predictive wind speed and direction near the road surface level.
EV Range Factors is planned to be commercially available mid of 2024. Road topography data is available today while temperature and wind coverage have been initially planned for Europe and North America.
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