In modern manufacturing and design processes, computer models and simulations play a key and ever expanding role. Whereas previously many different prototypes may have had to be individually machined and then tested, now each design can be tested virtually. This allows optimal designs to be found without incurring any of the expense, or expending any of the time, associated with manufacturing multiple custom prototype components and designs- here we focus on the automotive sector.
Insights: Automotive & Future Transport
This summer, Theresa May set down in UK law a legal commitment for the UK to be at net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. It may seem like a lifetime away to some, but a significant overhaul of a wide range of sectors will be required in order to meet this target – here we will consider one of the major carbon contributors – the transport sector.
In a series of blogs, our autonomous and electric vehicle team will explore some of the key technologies that will be crucial to the successful development of commercial autonomous vehicles, starting with LIDAR.
Toyota are offering royalty-free licenses for almost 24,000 patents (and patent applications) related to various aspects of battery, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicle technology.
Although nearly all commercially available hybrids and battery electric vehicles use Li-ion batteries, there are some concerns regarding energy density and safety of Li-ion batteries, especially in the transport sector.Replacing the liquid electrolyte with a solid electrolyte is being considered as one of the possible ways to both mitigate the safety concerns and to improve the currently limited energy density.
This is a tale of the Old World of Internal Combustion Engines versus the New of Electrified Powertrains, and of the Giant automotive OEMs versus the Minnows that are automotive start-ups – but mainly statistics showing patent filing trends in the automotive powertrain sector
Patent filings relating to self-driving cars are currently under the microscope and the European Patent Office (EPO) has recently produced its own study, prepared in association with EUCAR (the European Council for Automotive R&D). The study follows a significant amount of recent outreach and discussion from the EPO about the patentability of technologies key to making self-driving cars a reality, most notably AI and machine learning.
The Dearman Engine, pollution-free power, and the patents that protect it.