U Power joins the eSync Alliance

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The eSync Alliance has announced that U Power, a smart EV technology start-up, has joined the Alliance.

U Power has developed an innovative approach to car-making, which is expected to reduce the R&D and manufacturing time to build EVs and cut production costs by up to 60%.

Developed by U Power, the UP Super Board integrates the core capabilities of smart electric vehicles (EVs), including E-propulsion, suspension, braking, steering, smart driving, and thermal systems. By taking a modular approach and making a working EV skateboard chassis that can accommodate many body styles and brands, the UP Super Board is seen as helping to redefine car manufacturing.

Yao Zhai, General Manager of U Power US, said, "Our approach brings fast, cost-efficient development and innovation to the growing EV industry. The eSync Alliance brings those same concepts to the over-the-air (OTA) pipeline, with a working standard for an important technology to add to the UP Super Board’s capabilities.”

Mike Gardner, Executive Director at the eSync Alliance, added, "As a platform-based software and hardware system, the UP Super Board will lower barriers to entry, and enable more companies to meet the fast launch and diversified market needs of intelligent EVs.”

The eSync Alliance is a global network of co-operating suppliers established to build a high-confidence, multi-vendor path for end-to-end secure over-the-air (OTA) and data services for the connected car. 

U Power joins a growing membership that includes major Tier-1, automaker and semiconductor companies who are all working together to build a standard bi-directional data pipeline from the cloud to electronic devices in the automotive market.

The Alliance is based around eSync, a platform of cloud and embedded software that provides a secure, bi-directional data pipeline between the cloud and electronic end devices in vehicles. eSync can deliver and update software and firmware over-the-air and is able to collect real-time diagnostics and telematics data from end devices in the vehicle.

The eSync architecture consists of server in the cloud, a client for the vehicle, and agents distributed throughout the vehicle for the different ECUs or sensors. This allows fast scaling of the in-car network without disturbing the server/client communication, and straightforward migration from one vehicle platform to another.