Automotive Sensing

Intelligent solutions for today & tomorrow

Whilst new technology is being adopted rapidly with the move towards electric vehicles, we still have vehicles emitting NOx pollutants into the atmosphere. Societies are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of air quality on our health and our demand for information on our environment is increasing. We must continue to innovate for the future and deliver on user expectations for today’s vehicles.  Adoption of electric vehicles brings an even greater demand on power efficiency and management.

We are interested in three intelligent sensing solutions. Firstly, there is opportunity to optimise the amount of power used to defog windscreen.  Smart and efficient humidity sensors (-40C<T<125C, 10-90%RH), will be needed to minimise the demand on power. Perhaps the biggest opportunity here is price!

With the rising urban population and congestion, vehicles will need to become better at managing air quality, including in-vehicle CO2 and NOx levels. There is an opportunity for novel sensing solutions for real-time feedback on the emission reduction system, as well as managing the in cabin air quality.


Challenges & Opportunities

  • What type of humidity sensors would ensure operation between -40C and 125C, as well as to relative humidity levels of 0-90% with <2% accuracy over a 10 year lifetime?
  • If novel, smart materials fit the bill, can they be manufactured in high-volume and at a low cost (<$1.00)? What are the technology integration challenges?
  • What type of novel technologies can be used to measure NOx levels reliably at the very high exhaust temperatures?
  • What type of novel technology can be used to measure NOx and CO2 levels for in cabin environment?


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