Thermoelectric module (TEM) producer Ferrotec is expanding its automotive offerings, targeting electric and autonomous vehicle applications. Specific applications of Ferrotec-TEM technology include cooling systems for computer systems and electronics without autonomous cars and cooling laser devices for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems favored in autonomous modules.

“Ferrotec has a 36% share of the global thermoelectric module market,” says Takayuki Hachida, general manager of TEM sales. “We expect our thermoelectric modules to find wide ranging applications in the automobiles sector.”

Ferrotec thermoelectric modules offer control to less than 0.1°C. TEMs consist of plate-like semiconductor Peltier-effect devices – passing electric currents between two different metals, sandwiching bismuth telluride semiconductor plates, to move heat between junctions.

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Self-driving shuttles begin service in Columbus, Ohio

Low-speed shuttles operated by Ann Arbor, Michigan-based May Mobility began service in Columbus, Ohio. Vehicles began testing routes throughout September, October, and November and were set to begin accepting passengers in December.

The all-electric vehicle is set to move passengers along the downtown Scioto Mile loop. The vehicles will have a panoramic glass roof and a four-seat inward-facing configuration for passengers to sit in the rear of the vehicle.

An operator will oversee the operation of the vehicle and can take control of the vehicle at any time, if necessary.

“Cities are seeking cost-effective transportation services that will improve congestion in urban cores, and self-driving shuttles can offer a huge relief,” says Edwin Olson, founder and CEO of May Mobility.

The downtown shuttle is the first of a three-phased deployment that will be managed through the public/private partnership and will eventually include shuttles deployed to multiple routes. May Mobility, state, and local transportation groups are calling the service a research project to test the possibilities of automated services. The project will evaluate the abilities of the technology to operate on public roadways in Ohio in all weather conditions and will help the project partners better understand the infrastructure required to implement and support autonomous driving.

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High-speed flash memory

The iNAND AT EU312 EFT automotive embedded UFS flash drive (EFD) supports advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. Based on the established UFS 2.1 interface, it delivers high capacities and up to 2.5x the performance of e.MMC-based products, while maintaining automotive-grade quality and reliability.

Connected vehicles require fast and reliable data storage in increasingly higher capacities to support the vast amounts of data being generated, analyzed, and accessed by digital cluster, infotainment, 3D map and navigation, telematics, ADAS applications, and augmented reality. The EU312 EFD operates in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) environments that are constantly generating and streaming data for real-time and off-line data analytics.

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