Today’s automobiles, trucks, trains, and planes depend on electronic systems to control virtually every aspect of vehicle operation. Vehicle operators expect them to perform flawlessly, but even the most sophisticated electronic systems are not flawless.
Improving the electronic systems of vehicles is one of the challenges Being addressed by SmartState Endowed Chair Dr. Todd H. Hubing at CU-ICAR, a world-class advanced-technology automotive research campus in South Carolina’s Upstate.
Dr. Hubing’s lab, Clemson Vehicular Electronics Laboratory (CVEL) on the CU-ICAR campus, focuses on methods for integrating electronic systems to significantly improve vehicular safety, performance and reliability. Current projects seek to develop wireless sensors for intelligent transportation, sophisticated power inverters that reduce noise and improve efficiency, and improved tire pressure monitors. Part projects have focused on developing automated vehicle detection and tracking systems and systems to monitor the physiological condition of drivers.
Additionally, his research team is developing more efficient methods for distributing electric power in automobiles to allow hybrid and electric-powered cars of the future to be lighter, more powerful, and more energy efficient.