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Schaeffler launches XTRONIC Control Unit for autonomous vehicles

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Schaeffler launches XTRONIC Control Unit for autonomous vehiclesRemote monitoring and control are particularly important for autonomous vehicles. However, to date such functions have only been available in isolated systems or have been dependent on specific platforms. The XTRONIC Control Unit, on the other hand, combines safety, monitoring, operating, and comfort functions in a single system. The innovative system also makes a convincing case due to its wide range of interlinked, integrated components – from entertainment systems through to condition monitoring for vehicle components. The reliable interlinking of innovative driver assistance systems together with radar, lidar, ultrasound, and even artificial intelligence, therefore provides the technological basis for autonomous driving.

The XTRONIC Control Unit allows digital control and monitoring to be combined in a single application for smartphones, tablet PCs, and smartwatches. The most important data is therefore always available in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere via a mobile device. It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle platform is used for the implementation of the connectivity tools based on the control unit. Applications include not only (partly) autonomous vehicles but also commercial vehicles and motorhomes. The control unit recently went into volume production for several global OEMs to use in these fields of application.

At the IAA, Schaeffler will be demonstrating the advantages of this system using a campervan as an example. “CampConnect” is based on the XTRONIC Control Unit and allows comfort and safety functions in campervans and caravans to be digitally controlled. For example, end customers can access the full range of control functions and carry out status checks via smartphone while they are on the move. This means the owner can check the fuel level and the temperature, for example. Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of components ensure availability and provide the basis for intelligent maintenance planning for both vehicles and entire vehicle fleets. If a break-in attempt occurs, an alarm is also immediately sounded.

XTRONIC has been part of Schaeffler since May 2019 and, as a technology partner, develops custom software and electronics for the international automotive industry. The company’s service portfolio includes applications that range from automated driving and electric mobility, through to functional safety, as well as methods, tools, and testing systems – all of which makes XTRONIC a specialist when it comes to innovative interlinking for vehicles.

Learn more about the XTRONIC Control Unit at www.schaeffler.co.uk.

 
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