- Delivery marks a milestone for UltraSense Systems in automotive, as EV maker moves to production cars with UltraSense solid-state interface (SSI) modules
- UltraSense Systems’ modern touch interface is more robust than current capacitive and electromagnetic charge port door systems
San Jose, Calif. – June 27, 2023 – UltraSense Systems made its first deliveries of a complete plug-and-play solid-state interface (SSI) module, integrating a force touch interface and status light indicator for a motorized charge port door system. The UltraSense SSI module will be in vehicle production by a US-based high-end EV maker later this year. From the electronics and light guide to the plastic housing, the complete SSI module was designed by UltraSense Systems and built by supply chain partners in Asia.
The UltraSense SSI module enables a modern touch experience for drivers, along with greater reliability and functionality for EV manufacturers. Powered by the UltraSense TouchPoint HMI Controller, the SSI module:
- Measures the force applied to the exterior charge port door panel, sensing when a press of the panel crosses a certain force threshold
- Commands the main system CPU, via the integrated LIN transceiver in the module, to open the motorized exterior charge port panel
- Illuminates different colors and patterns to communicate the status of the charge port system while charging (customizable via HMI controller)
- Senses the appropriate force of a user’s press to trigger a command for the motorized panel to close
“EV makers look to add a modern driver experience alongside more robust and convenient methods of charge port access,” said Mo Maghsoudnia, Founder & CEO of UltraSense Systems. “Based on positive feedback to date, I believe integrated motorized charge port doors will soon become industry-standard.”
“Current charge port access methods have had mixed reviews – whether manual, capacitive touch, or electromagnetic solutions,” Maghsoudnia said. “But the UltraSense SSI with multi-mode sensing offers the accuracy and feedback controls that tier-suppliers and OEMs are looking for.”
UltraSense Systems for Automotive Infotainment Systems and Steering Wheels
UltraSense Systems has also received production purchase orders and will make deliveries in the coming months to automotive tier-suppliers of its TouchPoint HMI controllers for a solid-state infotainment system and for a steering wheel. Production vehicles from EV makers using UltraSense products will be in the market starting the first half of 2024.