Mobility Experiences That Are Safe, Secure, and Sustainable

The emergence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and electric vehicles (EV) enables mobility experiences that are safe, secure, and sustainable. Notably, sensors that detect the status of the vehicle and its surrounding conditions are playing increasingly important roles. InWheelSense™ from TDK uses tire rotation to generate electric power while detecting real-time road and driving conditions. With its ability to link with next-generation communication systems, it also supports vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, and other types of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.

By connecting automobiles to other vehicles and through V2X communications, it will be possible to detect surrounding conditions and transmit information to others to enable safer driving.
Installed in tires, TDK’s compact sensor solution InWheelSense™ detects road and driving conditions during operation and supports a secure driving.
TDK Technologies

Using sensors to take automobiles into the future

Kenta Takami
Corporate Marketing & Incubation HQ,
TDK Corporation

InWheelSense™ combines sensing technology, edge computing, stable connectivity, and self-powering functionality. It is a telemetry solution made possible by these four technologies.

With sensors installed at each tire/wheel, InWheelSense™ makes unprecedented use of data that it collects and processes in real-time about the interactions between tires and the road surface. The data collected by the sensors is sent directly through Bluetooth to devices connected to the vehicle and the cloud, and is processed in a format usable for presenting on displays or warning lights.

The biggest issue with implementing this system was power supply, but TDK has developed a mechanism for using the turning of the tires to generate power. By using InWheelSense™, it will become possible to realize in the automobiles of tomorrow more advanced driver assistance and safe systems for autonomous driving.

Megatrends

The shape of mobility to come will greatly change with EVs, connected cars, etc.

The shift from gas-powered cars to EVs is a worldwide trend toward an environment-friendly, decarbonized society. In addition, further electrification and digitalization are progressing to realize secure, energy-saving, and comfortable mobility. Various innovations in automobile are rippling through the world, including connected cars that are linked via the Internet, ADAS utilizing a variety of sensors, and autonomous driving.

The future of people and cars will accelerate toward a new stage of evolution. The coordination with Beyond 5G, the IoT, and AI technology are leading to the development of flying cars and air taxis.

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FAQs about Mobility ADAS/EV

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Mobility ADAS/EV.

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What is the main purpose of InWheelSense™ from TDK?

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The main purpose of InWheelSense™ from TDK is to use tire rotation to generate electric power while detecting real-time road and driving conditions. It also supports vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, and other types of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.

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How does InWheelSense™ contribute to safer driving?

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InWheelSense™ contributes to safer driving by detecting road and driving conditions during operation, and enabling V2X communications to share this information with other vehicles and infrastructures, thus enhancing situational awareness for drivers.

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What are the key trends shaping the future of mobility?

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The key trends shaping the future of mobility include the shift to electric vehicles (EVs), the rise of connected cars, advancements in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and the development of autonomous driving technologies.

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How do Beyond 5G, IoT, and AI technology relate to the future of mobility?

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Beyond 5G, IoT, and AI technology are leading to the development of innovative mobility solutions, such as flying cars and air taxis, by providing faster and more reliable communication, enhanced data processing capabilities, and advanced decision-making support.

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How does the shift from gas-powered cars to EVs contribute to a more sustainable future?

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The shift from gas-powered cars to EVs contributes to a more sustainable future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, supporting the transition to an environment-friendly, decarbonized society, and promoting energy-saving and comfortable mobility.

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