The EVICS is a 2-in-1 system for an Electric Vehicle(EV) which consist of Monitoring System for the front seat driver and Infotainment System for the rear seat passengers. The Monitoring system consist of battery voltage, current and temperature monitoring modules, battery energy status(%), distance left(km), km/h and rpm meter, offline and online Global Positioning System(GPS) and Contour Positioning System(CPS). The Infotainment System consist of music and movie player, internet and web streaming (Google), social networking applications (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogspot), games (Angry Birds), video streaming (Youtube), and many Manufacturing and Electrical Platform Design. The Infotainment System can also be implemented into the conventional engine cars.
The core of the EVICS is built using the Intel Desktop Board D510MO which is designed to unleash the power of the new 1.66GHz Intel Atom™ processor. This new low power revolutionary two chipset layout reduces energy consumption tremendously and provides additional flexibility and upgradability with two slots of single channel DDR2 memory at 800/667 MHz supporting up to 4 GB maximum. The Intel Desktop Board D510MO represents a fundamental shift in system design where it is small, yet powerful enough to enable a big Internet experience for all audiences. This platform uses the Linux uBuntu operating system due to the convenience of obtaining free open source software from the internet and stability. The EVICS operates both the Monitoring System at the driver seat and the Infotainment System at the rear seat where both systems are operating separately on two LCD displays, mice and keyboards on a single Intel Atom platform.
The EVICS is different from those in the market in the sense that it is a computer system that can be installed into any engine vehicle because it does not need to be connected into any existing system in the car. All it needs is tapping power in parallel from the 12 Volts lead-acid battery to operate; therefore the Infotainment System can be installed into any current engine vehicle. Customers can also choose customised functions that they desire from the Infotainment System and their desired package can be tailored manually. This product is simple to install, low-cost, does not exist in the current market and fulfils the customer’s needs for In-Vehicle-Infotainment.
The In-Vehicle mobile Wi-Fi system is also an advantage and unique as it provides internet connection to the users and customers while the vehicle is on the move on the road. Compared to handheld smartphone internet data plans, this mobile Wi-Fi system has larger viewing size LCD capacitive touch screens for comfortable web surfing, video streaming and social networking on the go. With the Wi-Fi system, the EVICS can be controlled and monitored remotely using external computers, laptops and Android based smartphones because it has a build-in modem router. This feature is important for external computers and laptops to connect wirelessly to the Intel platform to monitor the performance of the car. Therefore, engineers and technicians can switch ON the modem router to verify and determine problems with the EV system remotely without needing to conduct the conventional hands-on approach.
The EVICS also has a 3-in-1 function that targets all three customers, manufacturing, and the service sector. For the user and customers, the EVICS has a comprehensive rear seat Infotainment System that can connect multiple independent users (front seat and rear seat users) on a single Intel Atom platform using the uBuntu Userful software. For the car manufactures such as Chrysler and Toyota, they have access to log files within the system and data extraction functions to share common problems and discussions regarding electric vehicles with worldwide international automobile manufacturers. For the service and technical side, mechanics and foremen can remotely access and monitor the EVICS system for repair, analysis and troubleshooting work.
For an EV, the main problem is the finite supply of energy from the lithium-ion battery pack. Recognising this as a major problem in an EV, the EVICS has three methods of energy generations to further supply the vehicle battery with more energy by tapping from the natural surrounding resources available such as wind and gravity. The three energy generator systems are wind energy generation system, regenerative braking system and regenerative downhill system.