Panasonic Develops Home Network for Electric Cars

Electric car owners will be able to use their home devices to check on an electric vehicle while it is recharging.

Published: 30-Dec-2008

Panasonic intends to debut a networking system that is able to actually connect electric cars to home devices through electrical wiring. This technological milestone will be revealed at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES (News - Alert)) in Las Vegas.

With the electric car networking prototype, people will be able to use their home devices to check on an electric vehicle while it is recharging. The prototype is one of several research developments that will be showcased at the event, according to Panasonic (News - Alert). Some of the other prototypes will include an HD-PLC (High-Definition Powerline Communications) adapter for a security camera and an electrical monitoring system.

A technology developed by Panasonic, HD-PLC utilizes the electricity cabling already available inside a home or building to send and receive data. It is competing in the market with the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and Universal Powerline Association to become the main standard for data connections over such cabling. One of the major benefits of all three systems is that they do not require dedicated Ethernet cabling. However, all three are largely incompatible.

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