VALEO unveils latest innovations at Paris Motor Show
On September 29 2016, VALEO unveiled its latest innovations at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, with technological developments in cruise control, dash-fitted cameras, electric engines and smart lighting.
Valeo Cruise4U, a technology prototype that can drive in automated mode in real traffic conditions.
Valeo Cruise4U can safely handle all of the tasks necessary for driving a vehicle – steering, acceleration and braking – both in city traffic and on the highway. Its ability to scan the environment in real time and immediately process the acquired data enables Valeo Cruise4U to deliver unparalleled safety.
Three separate types of sensors combine to provide a comprehensive picture of the road and its surroundings, day or night, rain, fog or shine. Valeo brings together camera, radar and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technologies to detect what the human eye cannot always see, at distances of between 10 centimeters and more than 200 meters. The sensors transmit information to a powerful software program that uses algorithms to make the right decisions.
Driver Monitoring, a dash-fitted camera pointed at the driver’s face, detects lapses of concentration, day or night. Valeo’s Driver Monitoring system can:
- Alert the driver in the event of drowsiness or distraction.
- Identify the driver, offering an additional level of security compared with key- or card-based access systems.
- Ensure at all times that the driver is actually capable of taking control of the vehicle before switching to manual driving mode – an essential feature in the case of semi-autonomous vehicles.
Valeo 48V e4Sport
A new solution that increases engine performance while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The Valeo 48V e4Sport recovers a maximum amount of braking energy and stores it in a 48V battery so that it can be used again for various purposes, such as:
- Increasing engine torque, via the starter-generator (integrated Belt Starter Generator – iBSG).
- Maximizing engine power during acceleration and boost phases, using the electric supercharger (48V electric SuperCharger – eSC)
- Driving in all-electric mode and, when on low-grip surfaces, improving performance by connecting the rear axle to the 48V electric Rear Axle Drive (eRAD), effectively transforming the vehicle into a four-wheel-drive.
Smart Lighting Experience for enhanced safety
High Definition Lighting and Valeo’s Kinetic system. With these two revolutionary technologies, vehicles driving in automated mode can communicate with the surrounding environment using their headlamps and rear lamps, projecting or displaying images in a variety of situations and thereby improving safety.
Kinetic rear lamps communicate with the surrounding environment by displaying pictograms or personalised messages. A car in automated driving mode equipped with a Kinetic system can inform the vehicle behind it whenever its sensors detect a hazardous situation, such as emergency braking ahead or a pedestrian about to cross the road.
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