Are you familiar with Solar Team Eindhoven and the world-beating Stella Era,
the NXP-sponsored solar vehicle winning prizes across the world? Before
COVID-19, the team was well on track to shine their light on the world of
autonomous transport. However, even though corona may have derailed travel
plans for the foreseeable future, it hasn‘t stopped the innovative design
team. It’s another testimony to NXP’s ingenuity and perseverance.
In 2019, Solar Team Eindhoven won Gold in the World Solar Challenge (WSC) in
Australia for the fourth consecutive year! NXP had planned a series of
celebratory events to help the team share the news and its vision to wider
audiences. Sadly, COVID-19 disrupted those plans, but this innovation doesn’t
deserve to slip into the shadows. We talked to Carijn Mulder, the captain of
Solar Team Eindhoven, to find out what they've been up to.
Autonomous Parking, Super Charging
Carijn Mulder starts by reminding us of the philosophy behind the Stella
concept. “We’re presenting not only a new solar car but a new era: an era in
which cars are not energy consumers but energy sources. That’s why we call it
the Stella Era.” The Stella Era is the fourth family car in the series,
following the proven success of predecessors Stella (2013), Stella Lux (2015)
and Stella Vie (2017).
So how does Stella Era find itself on the sunny side of life? Autonomous
parking and an array of NXP sensors that guide it to the best spot for the
brightest rays in the area to maximize charging.
Cocoon radar modules, each with a 60-degree view of the environment, help show the Stella Era a
360-degree view of its surroundings. When the sun dips below a threshold for
optimal charging, the Stella Era’s autonomous systems kick in and set the car
out to search for a better spot—all without driver intervention.
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The future starts here.
With this technology on board, the solar car of the future will be able to
maximize use of the world’s most globally-available energy source, the sun,
cutting out fuel bills and even serving as a charging station for other
vehicles if required. When it comes to electrification, the forecast is sunny!
Prepare to be amazed and watch how smoothly the Stella Era eases into a sunny
parking space in the video below:
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