Revolutionizing Mobility: Unleashing the Power of Software-Defined Networking for Electric Vehicle Communication

A special issue of Inventions (ISSN 2411-5134). This special issue belongs to the section "Inventions and Innovation in Electrical Engineering/Energy/Communications".

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Dear Colleagues,

In an era defined by environmental consciousness and technological innovation, vehicle electrification is rapidly transforming the transportation landscape. This Special Issue explores the rapidly evolving world of electric vehicle (EV) communication, focusing on how software-defined networking (SDN) is changing the way EVs interact with each other, the infrastructure, and the broader ecosystem. It investigates the fundamental role of SDN in shaping electric vehicle communication infrastructure and analyzes how it improves data exchange, connectivity, and energy management, ultimately leading to safer, smarter, and more sustainable mobility solutions.

This Special Issue features contributions from leading researchers, industry experts, and practitioners at the forefront of the fields of electric vehicles and software-defined networking. By gathering cutting-edge technologies, models, inventions, and applications, and technological advancements, this Special Issue will highlight the path toward a sustainable and interconnected future of mobility. It aims to cover a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Interconnected smart charging;
  • Enhancing vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication;
  • Software-defined networking for V2X;
  • Fog and edge computing applied to V2X;
  • Blockchain applications for V2X;
  • Federated learning;
  • Security and privacy challenges;
  • Green communication for EV charging;
  • Scalability and future prospects.

Dr. Stefano Rinaldi
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Keywords

  • interconnected smart charging
  • enhancing vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication
  • software-defined networking for V2X
  • fog and edge computing applied to V2X
  • blockchain applications for V2X
  • federated learning
  • security and privacy challenges
  • green communication for EV charging
  • scalability and future prospects

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Concept of a Peripheral-Free Electrified Monorail System (PEMS) for Flexible Material Handling in Intralogistics
by Marvin Sperling, Timo Kurschilgen and Pietro Schumacher
Inventions 2024, 9(3), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions9030052 - 30 Apr 2024
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With the emergence of Industry 4.0 in intralogistics, the need for flexible material handling solutions is increasing. While conventional conveyor systems are often too inflexible to meet changing requirements. Automated guided vehicles offer an answer, additional solutions are required for companies relying on [...] Read more.
With the emergence of Industry 4.0 in intralogistics, the need for flexible material handling solutions is increasing. While conventional conveyor systems are often too inflexible to meet changing requirements. Automated guided vehicles offer an answer, additional solutions are required for companies relying on already busy and crowded shop floors. This paper presents a concept for a periphery-free electrified monorail system (PEMS) that enables flexible material transport with minimal floor requirements. The PEMS is based on classic electrified monorail technology, and requires no additional peripheral devices within the rail system. Installation and maintenance costs are kept to a minimum through simplified branching elements and a battery-powered energy supply for the vehicles. The modular design of the rail elements further allows transport on standardized Euro-pallets. Moreover, a taxonomy for evaluating the passivity of branching elements of electrified monorail systems is introduced. The functionality of the PEMS was validated by conducting real experiments using a prototype, The results show that the PEMS provides high flexibility in terms of layout design and usage, allowing for fast adaption to the changing requirements of intralogistics. Full article
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Classifying Invention Objectives of Electric Vehicle Chargers through Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning
by Raj Bridgelall
Inventions 2023, 8(6), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/inventions8060149 - 19 Nov 2023
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The gradual adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) globally serves as a crucial move toward addressing global decarbonization goals for sustainable development. However, the lack of cost-effective, power-efficient, and safe chargers for EV batteries hampers adoption. Understanding the research needs and identifying the gaps [...] Read more.
The gradual adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) globally serves as a crucial move toward addressing global decarbonization goals for sustainable development. However, the lack of cost-effective, power-efficient, and safe chargers for EV batteries hampers adoption. Understanding the research needs and identifying the gaps in EV charger innovation informs investments and research to address development challenges. This study developed a unique text mining workflow to classify themes in EV charger technology and product development by analyzing U.S. patent award summaries. The text mining workflow combined the techniques of data extraction, data cleaning, natural language processing (NLP), statistical analysis, and unsupervised machine learning (ML) to extract unique themes and to visualize their relationships. There was a 47.7% increase in the number of EV charger patents issued in 2022 relative to that in 2018. The top four themes were charging station management, power transfer efficiency, on-board charger design, and temperature management. More than half (53.8%) of the EV charger patents issued over the five-year period from 2018 to 2022 addressed problems within those four themes. Patents that addressed wireless charging, fast charging, and fleet charging accounted for less than 10% each of the EV charger patents issued. This suggests that the industry is still at the frontier of addressing those problems. This study further presents examples of the specific EV charger problems addressed within each theme. The findings can inform investment decisions and policymaking to focus on R&D resources that will advance the state of the art and spur EV adoption. Full article
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