Supplying the Brains for Electric Cars

Shai Agassi and his Better Place startup may have a long way to go before realizing their vision of a future where electric vehicles are in vogue. But they came a step closer on Sept. 15 at the high-profile Frankfurt Auto Show when they demonstrated a system for managing data communications between vehicles, battery switching stations, and electric utilities. "This is a key piece" of making mass adoption of electric vehicles feasible, says analyst Thilo Kowslowski of tech market researcher Gartner Group (IT). "You need real-time communications between the vehicle, the charging infrastructure, and the electric grid."

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