Affichage des articles du 2012

Lessons from CESA 2012

This second edition of CESA congress has been successful, with a large audience and top experts coming from BMW, PSA, Volkswagen, Bosch, Continental, NXP, Valeo and so many others. Through technical sessions, no less than eight round tables and an attractive exhibition, the congress has kept its promises.
But, what did we learn so far, after such intense discussions ?
First, electrication of the powertrain is really launched. In the future, we should see more mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug in hybrids, and later on pure EVs.
The second point is linked to the first one. Many OEMS and tier 1 suppliers converge on 48 volt, and not only in Germany.
Third, the architecture of the future will be for sure mainly based on Ethenet. It's not the only solution, however, and the automotive industry should find ways to simplify E/E architecture, instead of adding more and more embedded networks.
Fourth, if the connected car is on the way with apps and cloud-based services, nobody knows who …

The car of the future stops at CESA congress

Beside the round tables and technical sessions, CESA congress is an opportunity to discover high tech companies and nice vehicles. For instance, Renault is showcasing the famous Zoe. This first EV designed from scratch, which will be launched soon, illustrates the French know how in the field of electro mobility, as well as the VELV, an amazing concept from PSA Peugeot Citroen and also electric. It looks like a three wheeler, but it has four wheels. In the alleys of the exhibition, we also have seen an electric quad. It’s a demonstrator, from Bertrandt company, a german supplier expert of electric components.

CESA conference : is there still a driver in the car ?

For this day 1 of CESA congress in Paris, one round table should be very popular. It's the one about autonomous cars with driving assistance systems. Many experts from PSA, Volkswagen, Bosch, Freescale, LAB (common safety lab to PSA and Renault), STMicroelectronics and TRW will discuss the evolution of ADAS.
As some OEMs (Mercedes, Volvo) announce traffic jam assistant systems and remote control in parking lots (BYD in China), in addition to innovations becoming mainstream (LDW, ACC, emergency braking), the question is : will the technology allow the car drive by itself in the future ?
The answer may be yes, but it's not only a technical issue. So, that's why you should attend to CESA 2012 and listen to top experts. For instance, Volkswagen will mention is expertise, thanks to its ERL (Electronics Research Lab) located in the Silicon Valley) with Google as a neighbour.

Automotive Smart Grid : Next generation Vehicle Architecture

CESA 2012 abstract

Automobile system is made of sensors and actuators that have to work in harmony in complex interactions. It can be seen as a networked energy grid that has to distribute energy in an ordered way so that vehicle functions are assured. This new vision, called ASG (Automotive Smart Grid), has been developed and prototyped.
The ASG solutions is based on synchronous parallel processing and distributed intelligence. Each ECU hosts part of, or, the whole functional process in relation to local sensors & actuators. It deals with instant power management functions in relation to its connected actuators. The data communication and exchange between ECUs is done real-time via PLC (Power Line Communication). The ASG implementation has been tested both in labs and on the road within the frame of the YO-mobile Russian project.
This paper will present the ASG solution and its physical architecture. It will explain and discuss the benefits obtained from this « True Mechatroni…

Telewatt : an innovative way to recharge EVs with public lighting

During CESA congress, at the energy management round table, the french agency for energy (Ademe) will present R&D projects on charging infrastructure.
One of them is called Telewatt project. It's one of the most innovative, because the puropose is to offer juice coming from the public lighting. It's an answer to the difficulty to build charging stations in the streets. Located in the south of France, in Aix-en-Provence, this project is led by Citelum company. The project is based on a global information system, as well as plug & play plugs (with IP identification to allow acess to users) and a smartphone application.
The Telewatt project, and six others, will be presented by Patrick Coroller from Ademe in a keynote speech.

Power distribution solutions towards more efficiency

CESA 2012 abstract

The well established 12V automotive power distribution system is facing some major changes. The main drivers for these changes are better energy efficiency and CO2-reduction. 12V Start-stop and 48V Mild-Hybrid solutions are seen as enablers for better efficiency.
With the innovative 12V start-stop functions, there are two new upcoming challenges to be solved, powernet stabilization and increased activation cycles.
The presentation will show semiconductor solutions for powernet stabilization, like dual battery switches, as well as solutions for replacing mechanical relays. Special interest is here also given to electronic fuse function, weight reduction by improved wire harness and a more flexible power distribution partitioning, as well as a reduction of electric power losses.
Finally the presentation will cover the 48V powernet requirements for semiconductors in Mild-Hybrid systems. Different system architectures will be discussed with their specific application …

Trends and Innovations in Safety Domain Architecture

CESA 2012 abstract
Since years the demand for Driver Assistant Systems is continuously growing. Forward looking camera and radar applications are gaining popularity. Not only in the luxury car segment, but also in mid end car segments and migrating further into low end cars. In addition the merge of active and passive safety applications towards cognitive safety is progressing rapidly, supported by upcoming changes in the safety rating of cars. Additional radar and camera sensors are going to be equipped around the car for side and rear looking applications migrating towards 360 degree environmental sensing. Taking advanced development programs at vehicle manufacturer into consideration first semi autonomous driving applications can be expected within this decade.
All these trends will lead to a change in the safety electronic architecture.

Developing embedded user experiences - challenges and success factors in automotive environment.

CESA 2012 abstract

Automotive product development is based on proven processes and development time that allows carmakers to respond to drivers needs in regards to quality, feature availability and look and feel of the device in the car.
When talking about user experience, driver’s expectations are influenced by consumer electronic devices, from interaction point of view (speech and/or gesture recognition) as well as content (graphic attractiveness, apps). Drivers are expecting the same seamless, simple, easy to use phone and tablet features in their car, while still requiring automotive quality in term of system stability, low driver distraction and updateability during automotive life-time.
With over a decade of experience in developing multimodal HMI, EB GUIDE – industry recognized HMI development products suite and speech dialog platform - has been proved reliable in more than a million vehicles on the road and in the upcoming year more vehicles will come to market using the EB GU…

Join the CESA Congress VIP Business Tour

In partnership with the SIA, the Paris Region Economic Development Agency is organising the CESA Congress VIP Business Tour of 3 of the Paris region's most innovative locations for new mobility. The tour is scheduled on Monday, December 3rd.
Here is the agenda :
- 11.30 am to 1 pm : Welcome lunch at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport.
- 2 pm to 3.15 pm : Visit of the Autolib operational centre.
Autolib is the first public-private service plan with more than 1,700 electric vehicles to be developed in a large European metropolis. It enables Paris Region inhabitants to rent electric cars for a few hours from interactive terminals located in the streets. Thanks to the VIP Business Tour, you will have the unique opportunity to visit Autolib's hub in Vaucresson and to experiment the electric Blue cars !
- 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm : Visit of the command post of the recently completed A86 motorway tunnel.
This location demonstrates how an information technology software system is used to mana…

The thermal management of electrified vehicles

CESA abstract

When running on pure electric mode, electrified vehicles offer a very efficient energy conversion. Less than 3 kW in average is needed to drive an EV over an urban cruise. Consequently, the management of additional power demands of thermal functions, e.g. the cooling or the heating of the vehicle passenger cabin, or that of battery and power electronics, has a major impact on the overall vehicle power balance. A new system approach for thermal management, combining an innovative architecture, dedicated technologies and relevant control strategy, becomes decisive to offer a significant cruising range, secure the battery life time and also ensure quick engine response.
Within the scope of Vega/Thop, a cooperative project including six partners (Valeo, Renault, Saint Gobain Sekurit, Hutchinson, INSA/Cethil, LINC) funded by Ademe, a new thermal architecture was designed, prototyped and tested on benches and lab cars in order to assess the potential of such innovative therm…

Individual E-Mobility Solutions for Automotive and Off-Highway Applications – A System View by Bosch

CESA 2012 abstract
Only a couple of years ago there were many doubts on a possible implementation and realization of hybrid and electric vehicles as an alternative for vehicles with an ICE powertrain.
Today we are in the position to see this differently. “The future automotive powertrain will be electric” is a prognosis of Bosch. The conversion of the powertrain to be electric assisted or become all electric was pushed through significant development effort over the last couple of years.
Today we see the hybrid technology being used in many different platforms of almost any OEM and the first all electric vehicles are available from series production. But the electric powertrain is not only revolutionizing the automotive industry.
At Bosch Engineering we are getting more and more requests for hybrid and electric powertrain solutions for off-highway applications. This includes for example fork lift trucks, municipal multi-purpose carriers, and also marine applications. These applicatio…

High performance magnets: which properties? which prospects?

CESA 2012 abstract
High performance permanent magnets are a vital component of today’s clean energy technologies (e.g. hybrid vehicles, wind turbines) as well as many consumer appliances and accessories. The recent pricing pressure on the raw materials of rare earth based magnets, owing to the near monopoly of Chinese production of rare earth metals, has driven renewed interest in the study of permanent magnets.
In this paper we will recall the fundamentals of permanent magnetism, and outline the essential link between extrinsic properties and microstructure. We will describe the evolution in the properties of permanent magnets over the last century, linking the spectacular improvements achieved with the discovery of new phases and the development of improved processing.
We will explain the present dependence on the use of heavy rare earth elements such as Dy and Tb, in the production of Nd-Fe-B based magnets suitable for operation at the relatively high working temperatures of the m…

The exhibition almost completed at CESA 2012

CESA 2012 will also be the opportunity to showcase the know how of french and european companies, in the field of electronics.

Here is the list :

Advancy, Applus IDIADA, Bertrandt, Continental, dSPACE, ESG Group, Henkel, IPG, MathWorks, Methodpark, NXP Semiconductors, Robert Bosch, STMicroelectronics, TE Connectivity and Vector.

Last but not least - Advantage Austria will be there too with high tech companies.
If you want to be there too, please hurry : there is only one booth left.

PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault will present outside demo vehicles.

Faurecia will talk about the smart seat at CESA 2012

CESA 2012 abstract
Many comfort functions can be embedded in an automotive seat. These include basic postural comfort (cushion length, height, and tilt), advanced comfort (lumbar support, headrest adjustment, shoulder adjustment), climatic management (heating and ventilation), and wellness features (e.g. customized massage therapies or dynamic adjustments according to occupant status or to driving conditions). All those functions represent a huge amount of possible combinations of configurations and command executions, while they are not at all customizable along the time by the users (generally, just a few have programmable fixed alternatives by default).
In order to reduce the complexity of seat control for the end-user, and enable the possibility of customization, Faurecia has developed a new concept for automated seat adjustment, positioning and comfort features settings that takes out the guesswork to properly adjust the seat, while providing the end-user a powerful tool to per…

Austria comes to Paris for CESA 2012 : discover the full list of exhibitors

At CESA 2012, visitors will have the opportunity to discover an austrian pavilion. For the first time in Paris, Austrian companies will showcase their cutting-edge technology and high-quality products in the field of automotive electronics.

Here is the list of the exhibitors :
- ACstyria Autocluster GmbH (Automotive Industry, Space & Rail Systems, Innovations) - Adopt SMT Europe GmbH (Tools, Spare and Wear Parts)
- AIT Austrian Institute of Technology - Mobility Department (Development Center for electric drives : modelling, simulation, prototyping, testing, validation)
- AVL List GmbH (Electrical engineering and electronics, Automotive Industries)
- EGSTON Automotive Eggenburg GmbH (Automotive Solutions, Cable Systems, Power Supplies)
- Gebauer & Griller Kabelwerke GesmbH (Components and parts, Cables, wires, battery harnesses, customer specific cable development)
- Kiska GmbH (Brand Consultancy, Digital&Corporate Design, Innovation)
- Magna International Europe (Design,…

Valeo presents next generation automated parking at ITS Vienna

While the system on the market offers parking space detection and automatic steering with the driver operating the pedals and gears, Valeo is already preparing the next generation.
Maybe some of you remember the Park4U Remote application (World Premiere at 2011 IAA show, Frankfurt) that demonstrated a fully-automatic parking keeping the control via a smartphone.
But you can seen an even more impressive demo at Vienna.

Vienna welcomes a smarter world with the ITS Congress

With 300 exhibitors, the 19th ITS World Congress will be the pre-eminent international exhibition on devices, technologies and services related to intelligent transport systems, from 22 to 26 October in Vienna.
Under the motto "Smarter on the way", the exhibition at this year's ITS World Congress will bring together all of the important players in the field of intelligent transport systems. The exhibition will show the huge amount of potential there is for improving our everyday lives by implementing ITS systems. The exhibitors will cover all aspects of transport systems: from complex information and communication systems and increasingly advanced navigation and payment systems to security, ecology and electromobility.
About 40 Austrian* companies will show their products and services at the stand of ITS Austria (E10). For example, together with the Vienna Transport Authority, Telereal will show its "multi-sensual" sign system, a new type of info point for peo…

Safety features at Paris Motor Show

Connected and electrified cars have made the show in Paris during two weeks, but new models displayed at the "Mondial de l'Automobile" had also some impressive safety features.
If you consider for instance the new A-Class from Mercedes, this car offers numerous driving assistance systems, from drowsiness detection with Attention Assist to proximity control with Distronic Plus. These assistance systems, which until now were reserved for higher vehicle segments, are based on state-of-the-art radar, camera and sensor technology. The Collision Prevention Assist system gives a visual and audible warning to alert a possibly distracted driver to identified obstacles, and prepares Brake Assist for the most precise braking response possible. This innovative solution aims to provide protection against typical rear-end collisions in hazardous driving situations at speeds above 30 km/h.

Connectivity trends at Paris Motor Show

This time, the connected car is on he road. At Paris Motor Show, Renault is showing R-Link on board tablet PC (soon available in new Clio and Zoé). Linked to the Internet, this Android based device enables the driver to get up to date informations on traffic, weather forecasts and parking lots available. Renault has created a R-Link Store inspired by the famous App Store.

Paris gets electrified at the Motor Show

Every two years, the french capital welcomes the "Mondial de l'Automobile". This Motor Show, which is the most attended in the world (1,5 million visitors), is once more focused on EVs. OEMS are showing new models and a test track is welcoming visitors for a ride and drive. An electric village also welcomes plug suppliers.
Here is our guide of Paris Motor Show.

CESA 2012 updated programme now on line

The full programme is now on line !

As we told you already, the 2012 edition of the congress has chosen a top level roundtable discussion format, enhanced by more in depth sessions, detailed presentations and discussions of technical papers.

8 topics will be covered:
- Market of Automotive Electronics
- New mobility for Everyone
- Driver Assistance Systems
- Energy Management
- Smart infotainment
- Electrification & Mechatronics
- Vehicule Systems and Architecture Approach for New Mobility
- New Materials

Here is the link :

ESG new automotive boss to come at CESA 2012

Executive Vice President for the Automotive Division, Hans-Georg Frischkorn will be one of the speakers of CESA 2012. He will participate to the panel session "Vehicle systems and architecture, approach for a new mobility", on december 5th in the afternoon.
Expert in technology, with high-level jobs at BMW and GM, he joined ESG in January 2012 and is a member of the Executive Board.
This is his resume :
- Diplom Informatiker (Computer Science), University of Stuttgart
- 1978-1994 IBM Corp. (Product development, systems engineering, business development, IBM management consulting)
- 1995-1996 McKinsey and Company
- 1997-2005 BMW (Project leader of the vehicle project Z4, Senior VP Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Senior VP Architecture and Systems Integration) - 2006-2009 General Motors Executive Director Global Electrical Systems, Controls, and Vehicle Software - 2010-2011 Managing Director for Technology and Environmental Affairs in the Verband der Automobilindustrudie …


Chief Executive Officer of CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, Jean-Marc Gales will make a keynote speech at CESA 2012 on day 2.
After studying at Imperial College London and the University of Karlsruhe, Jean-Marc joined BMW in 1990 and held various positions in strategic planning, group co-ordination and organisation.
Following executive positions at Rolls Royce and Volkswagen, Jean-Marc took up the position of Managing Director, Light Commercial Vehicles at General Motors and this was followed by Managing Director, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, Central Europe for Opel and Saab.
Between 2006 and 2009 Jean-Marc was Global Sales Director, Mercedes Benz.
In April 2009 he became Member of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën and Executive Vice President, Citroën.
In June 2009 Jean-Marc became Member of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën and Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, Aftersales.
In April 2012 Jean-Marc joined CLEPA as Chief Exec…

Dual voltage power supply system with 48 volts (BMW presentation)

As convened, here is a snapshot of Ottmar Sirch's presentation on 48 volt. This paper is scheduled during CESA 2012.
As an introduction, our expert from BMW reminds that the continuous increase of functionality for comfort, safety, driver assistance and infotainment systems as well as the insertion of innovations raise the requirements. In combination with the electrification of powertrain functions and ancillary units for CO2 reductions these requirements drive today´s vehicle power supply to its limits.

Ottmar Sirch (BMW) to discuss 48 volt at CESA 2012

CESA speaker

Top expert from BMW, Ottmar Sirch will make a presentation on 48 volt in Paris, during CESA 2012. He's focusing on dual voltage as the responsible for the Predevelopment of Vehicle Electrical Power Supply Systems.
In Munich, the predevelopment projects cover all subjects of electrical power supply in vehicles with combustion engines as well as Hybrid and Electric vehicles.
Mr Sirch came to SIA office in Suresnes, near Paris to share his vision for 48 v, a few days ago.

CESA 2012 exhibitors revealed

During the last programme committee meeting, the organisers of the congress have revealed the names of the exhibitors.
Next to to the conference room, in Newport room, CESA 2012 will welcome Valeo, Continental, Bosch, STMicroelectronics, TE Connectivity, Vector, as well as the Austrian Embassy (special guest).
There is another exhition floor, in Beach room, with dSpace, Mathworks, NXP, as well as Advancy, Idiada, IPG and Method Park.
 A very few booths are still available. If you're interested, you should book very quickly.

CESA speeds up with a programme meeting

Back to business after holidays... CESA programme committee has set up a meeting today in order to fill the blanks and to discuss in depth about round tables (that will have a lot of speakers). An updated version will be available soon on SIA web site.
Around Jochen Langheim, Chairman of CESA 2012 and from ST, we could see Jérome Perrin (VeDeCom and Renault), Daniel Pfrimmer and Pauline Senis (SIA), Eric Della Vecchia (Bosch), Michel Valette (NXP), Pierre-Yves Geels (AVL), Thierry Seynaeve (ESG France), Andy Toulemonde (Infineon), Igor Demay (PSA), as well as Nelly Dimey (STMicroelectronics).
On phone were Hans-Gerd Krekels (TRW), Gilles Zeppa (Delphi), Khamis Kadiri (PSA) and Emilie Bonnet (SIA).
 For sure, CESA 2012 will be a successful edition with a high level programme.

Jérôme Perrin (Mov'eo Tec) : a flying start for VeDeCom

CESA 2012 interview

General Manager of Mov'eo Tec foundation and member of the programme committee of CESA 2012, Jérôme Perrin discusses the creation of VeDeCom institute in France.

"In late july, the french governement announced the creation at the end of the year of a R&D center dedicated to carbon free vehicles. It was actually the VeDeCom institute, that has been chosen amongst seven projects. This center is still on the paper. However, we already fill all the conditions for a flying start in early september.
VeDeCom relies on the Mov'eo Tec foundation and has strong partners, such as Mov'eo automotive cluster and Yvelines district in west part of Paris.
The members from VedeCom are from PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Valeo, STMicroelectronics, Continental, utilities such as EDF, or even aeronautics companies such as Safran. We also have research institutes, like IFSTTAR, INRIA and CEA.
This intitute will cover clean energies, new mobilities (infrastructu…

Automotive Ethernet, a holistic approach to a next generation In-Vehicle Networking Standard

CESA 2012 abstract

For the next generation In-Vehicle Networking infrastructure beyond CAN and FlexRay, the automotive industry has identified Ethernet as a very promising candidate.
Being a standard and commonly used in consumer and industry domains it provides a high re-use factor for components, software and tools. In addition, Ethernet has the required bandwidth capabilities needed for e.g. new driver assistance systems and infotainment.
However, to become a success story, solutions for automotive have to be further optimized in terms of scalability, low cost, low power and robustness. First optimization steps on Physical Layer level have been already made but more innovations are needed and streamlined for automotive use cases.
This paper discusses new topologies and components and describes an evolutionary path starting from available technology made for consumer domains to advanced systems for automotive applications.

By Steffen Müller, NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH

Developing embedded user experiences - challenges and success factors in automotive environment.

CESA abstract

Automotive product development is based on proven processes and development time that allows carmakers to respond to drivers needs in regards to quality, feature availability and look and feel of the device in the car.
When talking about user experience, driver’s expectations are influenced by consumer electronic devices, from interaction point of view (speech and/or gesture recognition) as well as content (graphic attractiveness, apps). Drivers are expecting the same seamless, simple, easy to use phone and tablet features in their car, while still requiring automotive quality in term of system stability, low driver distraction and updateability during automotive life-time.
With over a decade of experience in developing multimodal HMI, EB GUIDE – industry recognized HMI development products suite and speech dialog platform - has been proved reliable in more than a million vehicles on the road and in the upcoming year more vehicles will come to market using the EB GUIDE…

Austria special guest of CESA 2012

For the first time, Austrian companies* will showcase their cutting-edge technology and high-quality products in the field of automotive electronics in Paris, during CESA 2012. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Paris (Austrian Trade Commission) will be hosting an Austrian Pavilion.
Through innovative product ideas, engineering expertise and the fulfillment of the highest quality standards, the companies in the Austrian automotive industry and its component suppliers have continuously strengthened their position on the global market and established a fine reputation as reliable development and production partner for vehicle manufacturers all over the world.
The domestic supplier industry comprises approximately 700 companies with more than 175,000 employees. Close co-operation between R&D facilities and the universities and technical colleges provide for the rapid implementation of the very latest technologies among supplier companies. With all these plus points on their side, the firms in the su…

Car to X field trial in Germany with 120 vehicles

After several years of intensive preparation, Sim TD project enters in a test phase in the greater Frankfurt am Main area with a fleet of 120 vehicles from German car makers. The field test will last until the end of the year and include various studies on car-to-car technology and its impact on increasing traffic safety and efficiency. Around 450 test drivers will take part.
Each car has a network link to the others, as well as to the traffic infrastructure, and they will keep each other updated about the current traffic situation.

Monaco will become soon a connected city thanks to Bosch

The Principality of Monaco and Bosch have agreed to create together the “connected city” concept, which outlines the possibilities for connecting information and communications systems, buildings, institutions, and elements of the infrastructure.
Bosch will draw up a feasibility study. Over the past years, the company has devoted a lot of attention to the subject of connectivity, and worked in the areas of smart sensors and the internet of things and services. In addition, Bosch has extensive know-how when it comes to controlling complex systems.
The Principality of Monaco is interested in preserving the exceptionally high quality of life in the city state, and regards the concept as a further extension of its activities to promote sustainability. It hopes to develop and implement solutions in areas such as mobility, energy, healthcare, and communications.

CESA 2012 interview : Marc Duval-Destin (PSA), part four

Marc Duval-Destin is Research and Advanced Engineering VP at PSA Peugeot Citroën. For CESA blog, as member of the Executive committee, he gives his vision of this international event.

"CESA is a true forum. In France, we are not very familiar with open discussions on technology. There is a tradition of secret. There is a dialogue between PSA, Renault and Valeo, but it was not the case with our colleagues from other OEMS.
This event is the opportunity to discuss with top experts the latest trends and main challenges. We can have direct conversations on hot topics.
From my point of view, CESA should be the mirror of what we are doing in France with VeDeCom institute in Paris area. This facility is dedicated to research on carbon free vehicles of the future, connectivity, automated driving and new mobility services".

CESA 2012 interview : Marc Duval-Destin (PSA), part three

Marc Duval-Destin is Research and Advanced Engineering VP at PSA Peugeot Citroën. For CESA blog, he talks about next generation powertrains.

"The evolution of powertrains is very similar to the evolution of species on Earth. OEMS have to adapt themselves to a new landscape, due to regulations for CO2 and pollution. Thanks to new technologies, in the field of combustion or admission, the average consumption will be reduced by 10 to 15 per cent in 2020. That's very important in only ten years.
Of course, electrification is the main topic today. Up to 8 billion dollars have been invested in battery technologies in the whole world. There is now a very large offer, from Stop & Start to range extender, including battery electric vehicles and plug in hybrids. I think that all these solutions will compete for the next decade. After 2020, the market will then choose the best options.
We already have electric vehicles and we have identified synergy effects in that field in our all…

CESA 2012 interview : Marc Duval-Destin (PSA), part two

Marc Duval-Destin is Research and Advanced Engineering VP at PSA Peugeot Citroën. For CESA blog, he talks about automated driving.

"In a few months, our Peugeot 208 will be offering automated park assist. This feature is not that new on the market place. Many other OEMS have implemented that technology that lets the car park by itself, calculating if there is room enough and turning automatically the steering wheel. But, it will be the fist time ever that this equipement will be available on a mass production vehicle.
With EuroNCAP decision, to promote AEB (Automated Emergency Braking systems), the OEMS will integrate more and more sensors to enhance safety. Thanks to cost reduction, radars, cameras or lidar will spread on model series between 2015 and 2020. The technology already enables the car to evaluate the driver concentration with accurate sensors and algorithms.
We are also working on comfort features. A function such as traffic jam assist should give peace of mind to th…

CESA 2012 interview : Marc Duval-Destin (PSA), part one

Marc Duval-Destin is Research and Advanced Engineering VP at PSA Peugeot Citroën. For CESA blog, he explains how is organised R&D for the french OEM.

"When I arrived at the head of our R&D division (called DRIA*) three years ago, I decided to shift from engineering to innovation.
Our aim is to open ourselves to new partners, such as Open Labs and other industrial companies outside the automotive industry. For instance, we have common works with EADS. It helps in order to better integrate composite materials and to save weight.
We also want to integrate our customers in the loop. Usually, technology is pushed by R&D and comes then to market. What we try to do is to take in account the customers expectations, as expressed in our marketing surveys, and to evaluate which innovations in our portfolio should answer to their needs. That's why we created a small dedicated team, called UXIN (User Experience INnovation). We appointed a designer that thinks outside of the b…

LG Chem and CEA to supply Renault with next generation batteries

The results achieved by the R&D Laboratory of Renault and the CEA* in new-generation batteries for electric vehicles have made it possible to enter the preparation phase for industrial production, to begin in 2017 in France. It will be made with the contribution of the South Korean battery manufacturer, LG Chem, a world leader in the sector.
As part of a three-party Renault-CEA-LG Chem agreement, to be signed in September 2012, LG Chem will work on developing the technology of the new-generation battery, to be produced in France. LG Chem will in particular contribute all its industrial expertise in large-scale battery production.
By taking part in the installation of an LG Chem battery plant in France, Renault and the CEA are demonstrating the country’s ability to invest in innovation with a view to developing industrial partnerships with a global reach and giving rise to vital technology for future energies.

*French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. Renault and …

Valeo wants to give access to smartphone services through the central console

Valeo leverages the MirrorLink™ technology to give drivers access to their favorite mobile applications via the dashboard. It lets drivers use the vehicle's on-board control, display and sound systems, thus making the most of the central console, which is wider and more manageable in a car than a smartphone.
Valeo has drawn on the expertise of Nokia’s Qt team to design this interface between vehicle and smartphone. The MirrorLinkTM technology solution, developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium, of which Nokia is a founding member, offers access to phone services and applications from the vehicle's central console. The main advantages of MirrorLinkTM are convenience and ease of use. 

A new partner for CESA 2012

CESA 2012 is happy to welcome a new media partner. ElectroniqueS is the first newsletter dedicated to automotive electronics. It's published by Pole Electro, a press company focused on electronics.

Link :

CESA 2012 interview : Pierre Gattaz (FIEEC)

President of FIEEC*, Pierre Gattaz sees a convergence in the vehicle between energy and electronics

CESA congress will give the opportunity to show how France and Europe can take the lead in the future, despite a very hard economic period. Automotive new trends are clearly electrification and intelligence on board.
The car of tomorrow will be a smartphone on wheels, communicating with other vehicles and with the infrastructure. It will be safer, cleaner and much more comfortable.
We, at FIEEC, consider there is a real convergence coming on in the vehicle.
Not only the car of the future will be intelligent and energy efficient, thanks to sensors on board, but the road will be intelligent too. With an infrastructure able to communicate information, Europe could save lives and money. If we consider road accidents in France only, 4000 people are killed and 80 000 are injured, for a cost of 25 bn euro yearly. Connected cars could help society.
The next step is also autonomous driving It’s…

CESA 2012 programme overview day 2

On december 5, the second day of the congress will begin at 8.30 by a keynote from Béatrice FOUCHER-SYBORD, Director of product development at Renault.
Then, as for the first day, the programme will split in two parts in the morning from 8.55 to 1.15, with round tables (smart infotainment with Orange,  mechatronics and 48 v with BMW and NXP, new materials with CEA-Leti and Renault) and technical sessions (mechatronics and 48 v with Nissan, PSA, BPCE and Infineon, new materials and components with CNRS, Romeo Consiortium, STMicroelectronics, Valeo and Freescale, architectures with NXP, dSpace, Valeo, ESG, Sysgo, Fraunhofer, Conti Temic microelectronic, STMicroelectronics, Kemet Electronics and Berliner Nanotest und Design).
After the lunch break, starting from 2.55, the afternoon will be dedicated to a round table about architectures with Bosch and ESG and a technical session about infotainment with STMicroelectronics, Faurecia, Politecnico Di Torino and Elektrobit.
From 4.10, the con…

CESA 2012 : programme overview day 1

On december 4, the CESA 2012 congress will kick off at 8.55 am, with a welcome & Introduction speech by Jochen LANGHEIM (STMicroelectronics), Chairman of the event. This will be followed by an opening speech by Michel ROLLIER, President of French Automotive Plateforme (PFA) and keynotes from Marc DUVAL-DESTIN, VP Research & Advanced Engineering at PSA Peugeot Citroen and Christophe PERILLAT-PIRATOINE, Group’s Chief Operating Officer at Valeo.
Then, in the morning the congress will offer in parallel round table sessions from 10.30 (market of electric vehicles with Roland Berger and BIPE, new mobility with PSA and SNCF) or technical sessions (environment, energy sources & infrastructures with Valeo, Renault, IPG Automotive, B&A) from 12.
After the lunch break (from 1.15 to 2.15), the programme will split between round tables on ADAS & connectivity (with Valeo and Volkswagen), and energy (with Ademe and EDF), meanwhile technical sessions will focus on new mobility (A…

European Commission confirms 2020 emission targets for cars and vans

The European Commission put forward proposals to implement targets that will further considerably reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and light commercial vehicles by 2020. The proposals will cut average emissions from new cars to 95 grams of CO2 per km (g CO2/km) in 2020 from 135.7g in 2011 and a mandatory target of 130g in 2015. Emissions from vans will be reduced to 147g CO2/km in 2020 from 181.4g in 2010 (the latest year for which figures are available) and a mandatory target of 175g in 2017.
Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, said : "with our proposals, we are not only protecting the climate and saving consumers money. We are also boosting innovation and competitiveness in the European automotive industry. And we will create substantial numbers of jobs as a result. This is a clear win-win situation for everyone".
CLEPA welcomes theses proposals. "The 2020 targets are achievable, economically sound and cost effective, said Jean Marc Gales, CEO of …

Towards zero accident with Volvo in 2020

By developing several new high-tech safety solutions, Volvo Car Corporation is taking a major step toward its 2020 goal that nobody should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car.
The swedish OEM research focuses on three main areas: staying safely in the current lane, avoiding accidents at crossroads and junctions, and avoiding collisions with wild animals.

The following research projects are currently under way:
- Autonomous Driving Support Intersection Support
- Animal Detection (a system that detects and automatically brakes for animals both in daylight and in the dark, a further development of the pedestrian protection system)
- Autonomous driving in traffic queues
- Autonomous Driving Support helps the driver stay in his or her lane and follow the rhythm of the traffic if queues build up.
Volvo Car Corporation's safety approach is about getting cars to behave like people. The sensors (cameras, radar) are the eyes, the computers are the brain and the brakes are th…

French President discovers Twizy

During last Rio +20 summit on climate change, French President François Hollande discovered the Renault Twizy.
The urban electric two seater vehicle was on display on the french pavillion. According to witnesses, the President was very curious and sat behind the wheel. Renault didn't tell if François Hollande will have one at Palais de l'Elysée.
The French President already has an hybrid car (DS5 Hybrid4 from Citroën) for official use.
But, the fact is he promised to keep on helping sales for clean cars.

CESA programme committee meets for papers selection

40 papers have been received for CESA Congress technical sessions. It's quite a lot. But, the programme committee had to make a selection then and 30 have been chosen. The experts met on July 3rd at SIA headquarters to read the abstracts and discuss.
Lead by Jochen Langheim, from ST and CESA 2012 manager, the program committe was constituted by representatives from Bosch (Eric Dalla Vecchia), Freescale (Gérard Maniez), Infineon (Andy Toulemonde), PSA Peugeot Citroën (El Khalis Kadiri, Igor Demay), SIA (Daniel Pfrimmer, Pauline Senis), Vector (Henri Belda).
Please note that our special guest Wolfgang Runge, Chairman from Baden-Baden conference, joint the committee the whole day

Introduction and widening of 48 V voltage system

CESA paper abstract
The maximum power needed for on-board vehicle electrical network has increased continuously, and might overtake the 10kW threshold in the near future (taking into account the energy recovering needs). Standard up to date 14V networks are uncapable of delivering such power needs.

After about 20 years of innovative works concerning the 42V onboard network, this solution was finally abandoned by most of the car manufacturers, substituted by the 48V network. The need to increase the onboard voltage level was initially motivated by the performances enhancement of Lead Acid Batteries systems. Nowadays the CO2 emissions reduction is also expected, thanks to the evolution of battery technologies (as example Li-ion chemistry). This strategy is then justified by increasing needs of electrical power, not compatible with standard 12V networks, as well as by energy recovering needs necessary for CO2 emissions optimization.

This paper will develop the expected scenarios for i…

Ford pushes for Traffic Jam Assist

Traffic Jam Assist is an intelligent driving technology that Ford is developing potentially for the mid-term (2017 to 2025). It uses radar and camera technology to keep pace with other vehicles and provide automated steering control to stay in the current lane, reducing driver stress and potentially improving vehicle flow.
Individual simulation studies have found that where 25 percent of vehicles on a stretch of road are equipped to automatically follow the traffic ahead, journey times can be reduced by 37.5 percent and delays reduced by 20 percent.
Traffic Jam Assist has the potential to follow the traffic ahead while maintaining lane position in environments where there are no pedestrians, cyclists or animals, and where lanes are clearly marked.
Many of the sensing technologies required to deliver Traffic Jam Assist are already available on current Ford models including Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX. Independent steering already features on Lane Keeping Aid, which provides steering …