Adaptive power network simplifies vehicle harness

September 20, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Vehicle smart wiring technology has adaptive electric current network
The mobility engineering company Martin Technologies introduces a smart power distribution approach. It helps automotive E/E designers to drastically reduce effort and cost for wire harnesses in vehicles.

Offered as providing a novel efficient approach to both low- and high-voltage wiring for modern vehicles, the company's electronic smart power distribution module (eSPDM) consists of intelligent electronic power distribution modules that create an adaptive electric current network to operate all electrical components in a vehicle. The eSPDM, says the company, provides a new state of the art solution for conventional, electric, and autonomous vehicles.

Existing wire harness technology requires approximately 12,000 feet of wires, which reflect 20% of total vehicle costs. The conventional harnesses are heavy, bulky, and have significant warranty costs associated with them.

The benefits of eSPDM, says the company, include up to a 90% decrease in wiring content, lower harness cost per vehicle, and significant mass reduction allowing for lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduced energy consumption. Additional features include a patented fire-prevention algorithm, over-the-air reconfigurability, self-diagnostics, EMI noise prevention and preventive maintenance.

"We are looking forward to debuting our new technology and allowing prominent customers to explore the many features incorporated into this new disruptive technology," says Martin Technologies' CEO Harold Martin. "The mobility industry has advanced in many segments and the timing could not be better for the introduction of our eSPDM Smart Wiring system. We have advanced from functional prototypes to full sweep engineering, testing, and validation programs that comply with the strict standards required by OEMs."

Applications for the eSPDM, says the company, include the following:

  • Military Vehicles
  • Marine Vessels
  • VTOL/Drones
  • Motorcycles
  • Industrial Vehicles
  • First Responder Vehicles
  • Aerospace Vehicles
  • AGV/Robotics
  • Stationary Power
  • Anything With A Wiring Harness

The company says that it has signed a development program that includes several new technologies including the Smart Wiring Harness system for implementation in Volcon ePowersports line of four wheel products, and adds that it is "moving forward" based on early interest from mobility OEMs requesting a production launch in MY 2023.

Martin Technologies

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