The Taiwanese manufacturer, Gogoro, has presented a new technological platform that will allow its electric scooters to become more intelligent.
The Gogoro company, known for its electric scooters and battery swapping system, has launched a new technology platform called SSmartcore. As a result, according to the Taiwanese company, developing more intelligent electric scooters will be possible. The first vehicle for implementing it is the new Gogoro SuperSport, presented at the same event, although Gogoro intends to offer it to other manufacturers.
The company has developed the SSmartcore platform in-house to deliver high-speed computing power through an open and extensible architecture. This enables increased processing speed and connectivity of the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and Engine Controller Unit (MCU). That means more memory is accessible, remote monitoring at greater distances, and control of inputs and outputs is possible.
Gogoro claims that the platform offers three times more available computing power than its current scooters. It also allows you to implement new features, including over-the-air (OTA) updates that improve the performance of your scooters.
Horace Luke, founder and executive director of Gogoro, explains that SSmartcore improves safety capabilities since it is possible to modify the new generation of the integrated electronic traction control system or the user's actions on scooter such as varying the response of the accelerator. "It also enables integrated LTE connectivity for over-the-air updates and other location-based features."
The LTE connection will offer better remote monitoring of your vehicles and 24/7 alerts on vehicle status. It also allows access to remote functions such as locking and unlocking, drawer opening, and access to real-time location data. In addition, real-time diagnostics of system status are added. For example, instead of waiting for a mechanic to check the scooter, the phone becomes the mechanic informing the owner of the electric scooter's condition.
According to Gogoro, the SSmartcore system also allows the motor and digital throttle signal to integrate with the rest of Gogoro's iQ system and sensor suite, offering more precise motor control and on-time power calibration.
Gogoro has used that capability to offer traction control on its new SuperSport electric scooter, the first model implemented with the SSmartcore system. The TCS system is the "world's first digital traction control system for electric two-wheelers."
The improved processing power of SSmartcore can monitor every millisecond of the wheel's rotation concerning the motor's output and detect any loss of grip. You can instantly adjust the torque output to regain traction using that information. Its ability to act quickly eliminates any interruption in power noticeable to the driver. It also includes an active cruise control system that maintains speed and resumes as passengers adjust to their traffic.
The SuperSport electric scooter has a 7.6 kW Gogoro electric motor and its FLO DRIVE sports transmission which accelerates from 0-50 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The maximum speed that it can reach is 96 km/h, which allows it to be handled with ease by that of the scooter should allow cyclists to travel on any city road and two-way roadways.
The new SSmartcore technology is not only intended for Gogoro electric scooters. The company operates a program known as the Powered By Gogoro Network (PBGN) that allows other light-duty electric vehicle manufacturers to partner with it to take advantage of its advanced powertrains and vehicle technology.
Noteworthy companies (Yamaha) have already built their own electric scooters based on Gogoro's batteries and technology, which has helped them accelerate the transformation process towards high-performance light electric vehicles, avoiding the development times required to put them on the market. There are currently 47 different Gogoro-powered electric vehicles for sale that can be found in the commercial offer of 10 other manufacturers. So why reinvent the wheel (or the rest of the electric scooter) when Gogoro lets you use theirs?
"As a leader and innovator in the industry, Gogoro is committed to introducing critical new technologies that lay the groundwork for developing intelligent two-wheelers from Gogoro and our partners," said Luke. Gogoro's SSmartcore technology platform enables a wide variety of user experiences and capabilities available now on the new intelligent Supersport Gogoro electric scooter, and shortly for all our partners."
In Taiwan, seven of the ten best-selling electric scooters are Gogoro models, but all ten are powered by Gogoro technology.
Gogoro unveiled a prototype solid-state swappable battery designed specifically for electric vehicles earlier this month. Although this solid-state battery does not yet have a commercial launch date, it is intended to be compatible with Gogoro electric scooters already on the market and future ones and its thousands of stations widely distributed battery exchange.
Gogoro will soon go public on Nasdaq, thanks to a SPAC deal with Poema Global Holdings, Corp.
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