Affichage des articles du août, 2012

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…