Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Ericsson combines IoT and solar energy for smart transport

Steve Rogerson
October 30, 2019

Ericsson has teamed up with Solar Team Eindhoven to harness the power of IoT and solar energy for more sustainable transport.
Stella Era is an experimental solar car capable of traveling a distance of 1800km in part through more efficient use of solar energy. Equipped with Ericsson’s Solar Smart parking, it can drive autonomously to a parking spot with the most sunshine to recharge its batteries. It can also share its energy with other electric vehicles that are parked next to it.
The Solar Smart parking system is based on Ericsson's Connected Vehicle Cloud, a digital service platform that enables vehicle manufacturers to develop and manage new services rapidly for connected vehicles.
Stella Era is designed, constructed and driven by Solar Team Eindhoven (STE), a multidisciplinary group of students from the Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
“Ericsson supports the Solar Team Eindhoven not only because their innovative programme has strong links to our core business of IoT, cloud and mobile broadband, but because we strongly believe in the role of technology to contribute to a low-carbon society,” said Everth Flores, country manager for Ericsson in the Netherlands. “The development of a solar car is an excellent example of our commitment to contribute to the UN sustainable development goals. Through our innovative infrastructure and partnerships, we are co-developing cases that can be scaled and inspire any entire industry.”
In 2019, Solar Team Eindhoven took home top honours at the World Solar Challenge, a 3000km race from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia. The recent victory caps off a string of wins during the 2013, 2015 and 2017 competitions.
In preparation for the 2017 World Solar Challenge, Ericsson, along with several partners, developed navigation software that supports the driver in taking the most weather efficient route, while observing the charge of the battery. By collecting current weather and traffic data, Solar Navigator gives suggestions for the optimal route, which helps drivers make better decisions on things such as speed and charging level, including during the World Solar Challenge race.