Pi Innovo is currently looking at the Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing market (eVTOL) … in other words, flying cars! Flying taxis in Dubai could conceivably happen by 2022. eVTOL is an answer to ever-increasing congestion.
“A lot of the same principles apply to eVTOL as do to Electric Vehicles, and this is where Pi Innovo is looking to make traction. There are over 140 different companies working on these types of systems, world-wide. While it is still an emerging market and technology, there is a lot of activity around it. We have products that can and are being used today, and Kvaser will definitely add value to those eVTOL projects.”
Pi Innovo is particularly interested in further developing the Electric Vehicle supervisory control. Their controller would become the “coordinating brain” of the vehicle, which requires a great deal of data from the outside world. The issue is how to process that data at adequate speeds. Ethernet provides the necessary bandwidth and Pi Innovo is therefore researching the need for Automotive Ethernet and determining which tools will be needed. However, Carnie concludes:
“CAN bus will always have a role to play.”