Warwick Control has previously worked as part of a collaborative research project entitled EV BLUE with partners Potenza and RDM. The outcome of this work was a new, wireless body control system developed and implemented on a new electric vehicle platform, using an Apple iPAD as the driver interface for an electric vehicle.
The technology offers manufacturers of vehicles, both electric and conventional significant advantages in weight and engineering time and costs compared to conventional technology approaches. The system is designed to interface to an Apple iPad device, which acts as the primary driver display and switch interface. For EV Blue this approach has been taken to extremes with all of the vehicles interior switches removed and placed on the iPad.
The iPad communicates with a local hardware device which then communicates with wireless to control nodes distributed around the vehicle. The nodes then directly control items such as lights. The hardware is designed to encompass a wide range of functionality in a common unit design.
The architecture allows for a simple power and ground ring to be put into the vehicle. Each control unit offers self-protected outputs, as outputs (up to 20A) monitor the current supplied and communicate back any faults detected to the master unit.