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CESA 2014 : our slideshow

We hope to see you in 2016, for the next edition of the CESA congress. For those who attended, and for those that didn't, here is a slideshow of the event. Enjoy and greetings from all the team.


CESA 2014 video : last words on this edition

With statements from Valeo, Bosch and Bishop Consulting, here is a video that explains why CESA 2014 was the place to be to discuss the future of automotive electronics.

CESA 2014 video : the congress seen by a US consultant

He was one of the speakers in the first round table of the congress, dedicated to worldwide market. Richard Bishop is Principal at Bishop Consulting and one of the top experts in the US, in the field of autonomous vehicles. Involved in many working groups, Mr Bishop took time to meet people at the congress and gave us an interview. He's impressed by what's going on in Europe to bring those cars to the market.

Check out the video :

CESA 2014 video : Car Easy Apps from PSA

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It was one of the highlights of the exhibition during last CESA. PSA showcased its Car Easy Apps plateform, enabling software developers to bring apps to the car in a secure way and for driving purposes. The Manager of the connected vehicle and EE systems for PSA Peugeot Citroen, El Khamis Kadiri, was one of the speakers of the congres. He participated to a panel session on the connected car.
He also gave us an interview.

CESA 2014 videos with Bosch and Valeo

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As you know, autonomous driving was really the hot topic at CESA 3.0. During the congress, we made interviews with Christian Sobottka, Executive Vice President Sales/Marketing at Robert Bosch and Jean-François Tarabbia, Group R&D and Product Marketing Senior Vice-President at Valeo. These two executives give their vision for CESA's blog. So that, we have insights from what's going on in Germany and France.

CESA 3.0 has celebrated the cooperation between France and Germany

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During the CESA, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in France, Detlef Weigel, came for a speech and visited the exhibition. You can see him on this picture (on the left) listening to Jean-Luc Maté from Continental Automotive France (member of the advisory committee of the event).

In his speech, closing the day 1 of the congress, M. Weigel made some statements, highlighting the importance of the automotive industry for Germany and France.

He also said that a strong cooperation, on governmental level between the two countries was in order to boost the industry. For instance, there has been a recent creation of a specific investment effort on both sides of the Rhine to boost innovation, in particular in the area of key technologies, batteries and autonomous driving.

The DCM of the German Embassy in France welcomed CESA as a great initiative to bring both countries again closer together.

Another key message was the importance of electronics in cars for this industry and it…

All major topics adressed at CESA 2014

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As we said already yesterday, the connected car and autonomous driving were really the two major trends at the CESA 3.0. These trends have been adressed in different ways, from a technical side but also from a HMI perspective.

This morning, a round table was organized to discuss human factors. It was one of the most interestinf of the event. Experts from OEMs (Renault),l Tier 1 suppliers  (Continental, Visteon), labs (LAB, IFSTTAR) and even aeronautics (Thales Avionics) commented how they were trying to keep driver's attention focused on the road. The conclusion is : one HMI doesn't fit for all situations.

CESA congress just started

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This is the D-day for CESA 3.0 congress. Located at the Beffroi de Montrouge, in the south of Paris, this event on automotive electronics, organized by the SIA, welcomes top experts during two days.

Main topics to be dicussed are the connected car and autonomous driving. But technical sessions and round tables will mention as well CO2 reduction, technical progress in ADAS, HMI integration, as simulation, testing and validation.

French autonomous vehicle plan : a reference in Europe ?

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CESA 3.0 congress will be the opportunity for all the foreign visitors to discover the french autonomous vehicle plan. It's one of the 34 national plans defined by the governement, covering several aspects of the industry (aeronautics, factory of the future, energy storage...) with the aim to conquer new market shares on the international market and to create new jobs.

The autonomous vehicle is one of the top priorities.

The plan is coordinated by Renault, with Carlos Ghosn as a project leader.

Dr. Schöner from Daimler to discuss automated vehicles at CESA 3.0

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Dr. Hans-Peter Schöner from Daimler will participate to CESA 3.0. On december 4th, he will make a presentation about "Challenges and Approaches for Testing of Highly Automated Vehicles". He will also join the same day a panel session dedicated to standards, tests and validation.

This expert studied electrical engineering at Rwth in Aachen (Germany) and at Purdue University (USA). He received a PHD degree from Rwth Aachen for his thesis on “monitoring of batteries for electrical vehicles”.

Since 1989 he has been working for Daimler AG, first in the research field of actuators, mechatronics and new power supply systems. Since 2004, he is responsible for the development of new testing methods for chassis and driver assistance systems, as well as for setting up research vehicles in this field.

Since 2012, he is also head of the Daimler driving simulator center in Sindelfingen.

CESA abstract : first monolithic processor for forward looking camera for A and B segment (Infineon)

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EuroNCAP has enhanced its assessment procedure by adding test scenarios that require the use of ADAS. After having analysed more than 5 million accidents, IIHS is reporting that 23% of fatalities can be avoided by lane warning system and 8% of fatalities can be avoided by adaptive headlight systems.

The challenge now for the supply chain in automotive is to provide the ADAS systems that meet EuroNCAP requirements. Radar and Camera are the key technologies to be used here and depending on the car segment, different configurations can be identified.

For A and B segment cars, an approach becoming popular is to have one forward looking Radar, supporting autonomous emergency brake for forward collision and pedestrian, and one forward looking camera for lane departure. Forward looking camera allows limited space for the electronic and low thermal budget so that monolithic processor is the preferred choice. In order to enable the design of a monolithic processor covering high beam assist an…

Legal aspects of autonomous driving to be discussed at CESA 3.0

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As you may already know, autonomous driving will be one of the major highlights of our congress, in early december in Paris. There will be for instance a panel session dedicated to the new usage of cars with automation, on the 3rd in the afternoon.

During this session, CESA 3.0 will welcome a presentation made by a french lawyer, Yvon Martinet from DS Avocats*. He's an expert in the field of autonomous driving and is working closely with the french institute VeDeCoM on legal aspects.

Mr Martinet will make an update on the regulation, both in the USA and in Europe, where several countries have decided to propose admendments to the Vienna convention.

The french lawyer will participate as well to the panel and will answer to all questions regarding legal aspects and responsibility in case of failure.

If you're interested in autonomous cars and want to learn some more on regulation evolution, don't hesitate : register and come to CESA 3.0 congress !

*with the help of a collea…

CESA 3.0 bonus : the draft from a exclusive report "Photonics in Automotive" available for commenting !

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This a nice initiative from EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium). Carlos Lee, Director General, who will be a speaker in the panel session "key technbologies for modern cars", wants to share with the community of CESA 3.0 a brochure titled “Photonics in Automotive”.

The purpose is to offer an overview of the photonics technologies relevant to the automotive industry, it is meant as an informative brochure that is easy to read, and will encourage the automotive industry to engage more with the suppliers of photonic technologies.

The brochure will be released at CESA, but at this stage, we welcome your comments and you can contact EPIC at this adress : carlos.lee@epic-assoc.com

*The draft brochure may be downloaded from this link

Richard Bishop will discuss the automotive electronics worldwide market at CESA 3.0

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Principal from Bishop Consulting, Richard Bishop will participate to CESA 3.0. You will hear from him on december 3rd, in the first round table about worldwide market.

This expert specializes in the domain of intelligent, connected, and automated vehicles and how these interact with the roadway and transportation system, plus larger societal forces. He provides global trends analysis and research strategy development to a wide range of vehicle manufacturers, technology developers, and government agencies around the world.

He currently serves as Vehicle Automation Expert for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, plus supports USDOT’s involvement in the Tri-Lateral Working Group on Road Vehicle Automation. He was recently named chair of the American Trucking Association’s Task Force on Automated Driving and Platooning.

Prior to establishing Bishop Consulting, Mr. Bishop was Program Manager for Vehicle-Highway Automation at the USDOT Federal Highway Administration.…

The new Ford Mondeo is able to detect pedestrians

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Fitted on the new Mondeo, Ford’s new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection can detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path. The system processes information collected from a windshield-mounted camera, and a radar located in the bumper, and checks it against a database of “pedestrian shapes” to help distinguish people from typical roadside scenery and objects.

If a pedestrian is detected in front of the car, and a collision becomes imminent, the driver will first receive an audible and visual warning. Should the driver not respond, the system then shortens the time required to apply the brakes by reducing the gap between brake pads and discs. If there is still no response from the driver the brakes are applied automatically and the vehicle speed is reduced.

Engineers tested the system on closed circuits using rigs fitted with life-size dummies. They also spent months testing and refining the system on roads around the world to prove system …

A tablet PC to win from CESA 3.0 partner ESG !

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ESG is one of the partners of CESA 3.0. The company, which is involved in the organization comittee, will showcase its innovations.

The company will have two speakers during the event, including Jörg Klauck, manager o the technical cluster « Test & Integration » and Thierry Bouqier, in charge of embedded software activities.

 ESG will also have a booth in the exhibition space. We recomend you to stop by, not only to discover the latest innovations, but also because there is a Galaxy Tab Pro tablet PC to win.

The only condition is to let your business card during your visit.

STMicroelectronics and Autotalks team up for V2X mass deployments

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As the drive to realize V2X communications - Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) - gathers pace, STMicroelectronics and Israel-based Autotalks (a V2X-chipset market pioneer and leader in the first wave of V2X deployments), have announced that they are cooperating to deliver a mass market-optimized V2X chipset for widespread deployment by 2017.

Both partners will discuss that point during CESA 3.0 in Paris.

The collaboration enables both parties to leverage complementary technologies and resources. Autotalks brings extensive semiconductor, system, and software experience in V2X and associated know-how in security, mobility, communication, RF, signal processing, and positioning. ST offers chip-design expertise in areas such as communications and navigation, with advanced manufacturing capabilities, in addition to extensive strategic partnerships and longevity with all of the automotive tiers to enable broader market evaluation and accelerate adoption of the nex…

Register for the CESA 3.0 VIP tour on december 2nd

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The CESA congress, in partnership with the PRE agency, is delighted to invite our foreign visitors to participate to a VIP Business Tour, on December 2nd.

The tour will begin by a meeting at STMicroelectronics headquarters, in Paris.

Then, our guests will have a fantastic opportunity to visit the Renault Technocentre, one of the most emblematic & innovative automotive sites in the Paris Region. This research center is working on autonomous vehicles and multimedia systems.

A VIP networking buffet will be organized at the CESA exhibition center (Beffroi de Montrouge, in the south of Paris) at the end of the tour.

Click here for more details : http://www.sia.fr/evenement_detail_cesa_3_0_congress_vip_business_1213.htm

France creates an international research chair on automated vehicles

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MINES ParisTech, France’s leading academic institution by volume of contractual research, today announces the creation of an international automotive research chair in partnership with manufacturers Valeo, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Safran.

Baptized “Automated Vehicles- Drive for You”, the chair will unite researchers from MINES ParisTech's Robotics Centre with teams from international partner institutions — Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, the University of California, Berkeley in the United States and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Supported by the MINES ParisTech Foundation, with the manufacturers contributing €3.7 million in funds, the chair will work for five years on the topic of automated driving to :
- Expand knowledge of self-driving vehicles
- Develop intelligent onboard systems.
- Get self-driving vehicles on the road in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Dont miss the last opportunities to be a sponsor of CESA 3.0

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In one month, CESA 3.0 will be held in the south of Paris. This unique and international event will bring together more than 400 participants (directors, managers, heads of department, engineers, researchers and technicians). An exceptional line-up of guests and speakers will be present for the occasion.

Would you be interested to be a sponsor of the event ? Some advertising and sponsoring packages are still available, but you should hurry.

Companies such as AVL, Continental Automotive, Infineon, STMicroelectronics, TE Connectivity and Vector are partners of the event.

 Great names of automotive industry have also booked to be in the exhibition space, including PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Continental, ST, Valeo Vector, AVL, Bertrandt, ESG, IAV, Mentor Graphics, TE Connectivity, HRS (Hirose Electric Europe), Serma Technologies, Verifysoft Technology, Tyco, Qtronic, IPG and two french clusters (Mov'éo and Automotech).

Valeo announces winners for its first inovation challenge for the automobile of 2030

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Now, we know who won this international contest, open to engineering and university students from all over the world.

Nearly 1,000 teams from 55 countries signed up, but only three wining teams have been selected by a jury chaired by Valeo Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Aschenbroich, and comprising eminent figures from the world of science as well as Valeo executives.

The First Prize, with a cash award of € 100,000, was presented to the Brazilian team from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, whose project reinvents the mechanical transmission system by coupling together the pump and the hydraulic motor. This innovation would enable the transmission to adjust to engine RPM continuously and automatically, thereby improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

The two Canadian teams, one from the University of Ottawa, the other from the University of Waterloo, tied for second place. Each one received a check for € 10,000.

The Canadian team from the University of Ottawa pr…

CESA abstract : Voltage Classes for Electric Mobility (Delphi)

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Electric Mobility is a dynamic field of development. New technologies stand alongside traditionally reliable approaches to electrical engineering and electronics and the system, which connects them to standard international combustion engine technology.

Today, many different voltages are used in electric and hybrid vehicles and it is difficult to understand the differences, the impact on component costs, on power electronics and on safety.

This presentation is the summary of a work performed at the German ZVEI providing an overview on the current state of technology and standardization of relevant voltage classes. The work has had as objective to support professionals and interested stakeholders in development, technology, production and repair service dealing with powertrain electrification.

Working groups and development teams involved in component specific activities in some vehicle areas are also given the opportunity to expand their knowledge from an overall system persepective.

Audi RS 7 concept taken to the limit with no driver at Hockenheim

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At the DTM season finale, last week end in Germany, the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept completed a lap on the Grand Prix track in Hockenheim – at racing speed, without a driver. It took just slightly over two minutes to complete a lap on the Grand Prix track, piloted with high precision and accuracy to within centimeters.

CESA abstract : High customer acceptance through functional integration in HMI systems (Proof Technologies)

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Newly defined customer expectations want full access of interaction to the world outside of their car with all kind of benefits and additional functions. Beside new technical methods to assist human machine interaction, nowadays connectivity functions not just impact future user interfaces but also new designs and layouts of drivers activity areas focus on ease of use and simplifying the task of interaction.

The addiction of everyday’s life connection to the world of internet affects driving, the safety of passengers as well as other people in yet non-automated guided vehicle systems. This requires all kind of new technical solutions and offers automotive engineers and designers new challenges giving full accessibility to the world outside of the car by integration functions into the next generation of HMI systems.

Simplifying the usage by harmonizing full access without compromising and supporting the driver in his responsible tasks is just one known goal. The main future goal is th…

Towards the autonomous vehicle with french OEMS

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During the Mondial de l'Automobile, a conference has been organised by french automotive learning society on the topic of the connected and autonomous vehicle. It's been a success, with speakers from Renault, PSA, Valeo and Orange.

The attendees learned a lot about technical issues and the need to get updated and much more detailed digital maps.

The target is to make test drives on real roads starting from next year and to consider the legal aspects. Traffic jam assist and remote automated parking will be the first applications.

Test drive with Eolab : the one liter car from Renault

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CESA blog already mentioned the three concept cars from the french OEMS, showing the way to very sober cars. The aim was to achieve 2 L/100 km, thanks to lightweight construction, aerodynamics and hybrid powertrain. During the Paris Motor Show, we had the opportunity to make a test drive of the Renault Eolab.

It's an impressive demo car, with a fuel comsumption of only 1 L/100 km, thanks to plug in hybrid technology.

CESA abstract : Next Generation Smart Sensing (Elmos)

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Elmos Semiconductor AG, the world's leading supplier of ultrasonic ICs for parking assistant systems and semi-automated parking aids, is developing its next generation optical sensors for advanced driver assistant systems.

Based on its unique HALIOS(R) technology currently used for HMI center stack applications, ground classification, lane departure warning, rain-light sensors, and others, Elmos will provide a new automotive IR sensor IC, which will operate independent of the target's degree of reflectivity.

The sensor provides an absolute distance information which is very accurate and fast. The sensing principle is immune against ambient light for very robust and reliable measurement results. When connected to a booster IC the technology can measure long distances enabling applications such as blind spot detection, side distance warning, autonomous parking assist, traffic jam drive control, fog detection and many other automotive applications.

The Elmos solution is unique a…

Paris celebrating the connected car at Mondial de l'Automobile

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Wow : those who don't believe to the connected car should come to Paris and make a stop to Porte de Versailles. As an example, the brand new Espace from Renault offers a 8,7" tablet in the center console. Not as huge as the Tesla Model S, but big enough to display with a great comfort navigation and apps (Coyote road alerts, Michelin POIs, social networks, e-mail reading...) from the R-Link store.

The European automotive electronics is a global leader : did you know ?

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By Jean-Luc Maté, VP strategy and innovation at Continental Automotive France

In France, for the general public, the electronic word is taboo. Associated with the electronic term appears hopelessly spectrum of industrial relocation to the South-east. If you want to get into this, so talk instead of "embedded system" or "digital pipeline" ("ICT" in fashion), but please don't say electronics, and especially not automotive electronics.

As a pioneer among pioneers of French automotive electronics, I am pleased to announce that global leadership in this vital sector to the attractiveness and competitiveness of the smallest of our cars and tomorrow in the most connected and autonomous is simply: EUROPEAN. Europe is a leader in product innovation and design for manufacturing affordable high volumes of electronic computers, smart sensors and mechatronic actuators. All manufacturers of electronic components and assembly machines, which surprisingly those of …

2 L/100 km and even less : the promise of french OEMS at Mondial de l'Automobile

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It looks like a regular Peugeot 208. But, this concept car is much more sophisticated and above all achieves a fuel efficiency of just 2 L/100 km. The car illustrates the French government’s "New Industrial Plan" ("2 L/100 km for all"), which is an initiative of the country’s Minister for the Economy, Industrial Renewal and Digital Affairs.

CESA abstract : a highly efficiency electrical recuperation system that fits with Hybrid Air technology (PSA Peugeot Citroen)

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PSA Peugeot Citroen has unveiled in 2013 a new hybrid powertrain concept - Hybrid Air - described as disruptive hybrid system that makes a major step to lower emissions and fuel economy.

With this system, during city driving cycle, the vehicle operates in Air Mode, from 60 to 80 % of the time. As thermal engine operation is resultant of this on and off mode, the alternator is mainly shut off. In consequence, the lead-acid battery has strong cycling increase and can be quickly damaged. Besides, it's not suitable to power the electrical equipement during such a long time with only battery voltage (lower than 14 volt).

To fit those requirements, PSA has developed an electrical system called "Spresso", performing two major functions : quick storage and energy management. It can handle with high efficiency, the charge and the discharge of a high-capacity electric double layer capacitor (ELDC), minimzing spare stored energy and makes it possible to supply electricity to all …

4 G and map updates over the air at BMW

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Shown at the Mondial de l'Automobile, in Paris, the BMW 2 Serie convertible will be the fist car to offer an over-the-air map data update.

The maps of the Navigation system Professional will be updated via a mobile phone connection – at no cost to the user – thanks to the SIM card fitted in the car.

The built-in SIM card in BMW models will now support the 4G wireless standard (Long Term Evolution – LTE), which provides significantly improved network coverage and data transfer speeds. In this way BMW ConnectedDrive intelligent connectivity functions will offer even faster and more reliable performance.

Car Easy Apps : the PSA approach for the connected car

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Designed by PSA, Car Easy Apps is a software platform enabling software publishers to design an ecosystem of smartphone apps that can interact in complete security with vehicles and bring motorists all-new services.

The application programming interface (API) enables independent developers to design apps compatible with all mobile handset operating systems (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone). It also includes a simulator for testing the compatibility of the apps with vehicles and reproducing on-road driving conditions.

CESA abstract : the smart connected seat (Faurecia)

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Today’s Automotive industry is vastly aligned on the premises that current society’s evolution on ways to communicate, manage data, and interact with intelligent objects is going to define the future vehicle – life on board - services and the corresponding interior’s performance value.

In fact, synchronized with the technological evolution, the way how population establishes relations between among intelligent objects (nomadic devices and home appliance, vehicle, etc.) is changing extremely fast towards extensive “self” concept and setting basis for new era of customer satisfaction requirements. Aging and Youngers car users of today are getting used , in the aside connected world of the car, to customized propositions, that allow multitasking, that provides them an Eco systemic functionality always available, symbiotic and interactive, a life companion (quantified self) that cares about.

The Seat as part of this new Car interior is an essential enabler of such revolution as provides …

The virtual tow from Honda

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A few weeks ago, during ITS world congress in Detroit, Honda has unveiled a new concept called V2V "Virtual Tow"? It utilizes connected car technology to empower a driver to assist another driver in distress.

How does it work ?

The driver in need of assistance is able to alert surrounding vehicles to the need for assistance, at which point an assisting driver can virtually link up and "tow" the vehicle - with the trailing vehicle taking its driving cues from the lead vehicle via connected-car (V2V) technology and automated system.

Then, it's possible to bring the driver in need for assistance- to a location where the driver can receive emergency services, such as a hospital.

Valeo set to launch its second innovation challenge

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Launched by Valeo in September 2013, the Valeo Innovation Challenge is a global contest open to engineering students around the world, invited to play an active role in automotive innovation by designing the product or system that will create smarter, more intuitive cars by 2030.

Nearly 1,000 teams from 55 countries signed up for the first edition. Only 20 have been shortlisted.

At the 2014 Paris Motorshow, Valeo will reveal the names of the winners. But also, the OEM supplier will announce the terms and conditions of this year’s contest.

Comprising teams of two to five people, engineering students can take part by presenting a relevant, innovative project in English on the contest’s website, https://valeoinnovationchallenge.valeo.com/
The aim is to stimulate the students’ creativity, enabling them to form multidisciplinary teams. In this way, engineering students can join forces with students in the social sciences or any other scientific discipline that they think could be useful f…

CESA abstract : Cooperative - Collision Warning Application for proving ground safety assistance (IDIADA)

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Collision warning applications are object of several research programs for active safety systems development. The vehicle traffic increment in IDIADA Proving Grounds’ High Speed Track forces to increase the system safety to provide a harmless scenario for its users.

As Collision Warning Application is one of the most demanded safety technologies within our daily activities, it is important to consider the application flexibility in order to adapt the algorithm to different types of tracks, and not only on our proving ground tracks, but also in urban and interurban roads.

In 2011, rear end collision, traffic jam, and multiple accidents caused 22,11 % (191) deaths in moving vehicles scenarios.

For this reason, a more interactive system capable of warning the driver is needed. This system also has to be suitable for new and legacy vehicle models in our tracks and for this reason the information provided from a GNSS receiver is used as input data for the hazard event evaluation. The 80…

Divine DS : haute couture concept with a high-tech cockpit

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PSA will unveil at Paris motor show a vision of the future for the DS brand, combining sophistication with advanced technology.

For instance, the cabin of Divine DS showcases its in-car technologies, with a cockpit driving position featuring an array of digital functions.

First, the controls of Divine DS are grouped on a HD Touch Drive interface with a spectacular 10.4 inch screen. Located on the overhead console, this multifunction screen frees up space on the dashboard and includes a function that replaces the rear-view mirror.

Driver information is in digital form, with a head-up display above the steering wheel showing essential driving information. This panel is completed by a holographic display behind the steering wheel – complete with a 3D readout that lets the driver view navigation information, for example, without taking their eyes off the road.

New Renault Twingo adopts ADAS

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The city car from Renault will be one of the highlitghts of the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile) this autumn. Despite it's a small and entry level car, the french brand has decided to add some high-tech features.

For instance, the new Twingo will offer a lane departure warning system based on a camera. A first for that range of cars.

Renault has integrated as well a back up camera and a hill start assist.

Last but not least, the New Twingo will be connected : either by the R-Link in-dash touch screen tablet (with connected services and apps), or a smartphone based navigation (including eco driving assist).

CESA abstract : Semiconductor development - application of experience gained in consumer electronics for automated driving (Freescale)

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The paper is a summary of discussions that have taken place in a working group of the ZVEI* with participation of major automotive semiconductor companies (ST, Freescale, Infineon).

In the automotive sector , the desire to be able to quickly and fully benefit from developments in the consumer sector is growing. This is especially true for functions that rely on developments and services from the telephone and Internet sector.

In this contribution we will show what the minimum requirements must be met for the automotive sector for components in all future functions for autonomous driving. Quality management is an important issue. In addition, since safety-critical functions are affected in the car, it is necessary, to comply with the requirements for functional safety ( eg ISO26262 ). Default probabilities and life of components and information storage are different and must be considered very carefully.

Historically, components were developed specifically on the qualification profil…

Intelligent and connected cars in 2017 for Cadillac

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Cadillac will begin offering advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on certain 2017 model year vehicles, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said during her keynote address at the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) World Congress in Detroit.

In about two years, an all-new 2017 Cadillac vehicle will offer customers an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise and in the same timeframe the 2017 Cadillac CTS will be enabled with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology.

Super Cruise, the working name for GM’s automated driving technology, will offer customers a new type of driving experience that includes hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. The system is designed to increase the comfort of an attentive driver on freeways, both in bumper-to-bumper traffic and on long road trips.

V2V communication technology could mitigate many traffic collisions and improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving…

Anne Guillaume (LAB) : we are focused on the safety of future cars

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Head of french LAB (Laboratoire d’Accidentologie, de Biomécanique et d’analyse du comportement humain), that stands for accident research, biomachanical and driver behaviour laboratory, Anne Guillaume explains how her team works to improve road safety.

Can you please remind us what is the LAB ?

It's a common structure to the french OEMs, created in 1969 when France was facing a very high rate of fatalities (more than 14 000 people killed on the roads). Renault and Peugeot joined their efforts to have a better undestanding of accidents and to develop new safety features. It's been successful, if you consider that fatalities came down to 3 268 in 2013, meanwhile road traffic was multiplied by three.  


Historically, you've been focused on secondary safety. Right ? 

Yes. We have developed our own database of detailed accidents, in order to determine the causes and the consequences for the occupants. 300 cases are studied each year. With the help of experts, that came on site, …

CESA abstract : Connected Vehicle – a Safe Bet ! (NXP)

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Electronics have resulted in major advances in the automotive sector in the past 15 years. And with the emergence of the Internet of things, there is now an entirely new development –the connected car.

The car collects and analyzes vast volumes of data and shares it with other vehicles (“car-to-car”) or with the infrastructure (“car-to-infrastructure”). This allows vehicles to build up a dynamic model of their environment. The car learns more about the current traffic situation than the driver is able to, resulting in entirely new opportunities for additional active safety, comfort, and eco-friendliness.

The new possibilities offered by the connected car lead to the vision of a self-driving car which is able to negotiate even complex traffic situations both independently and safely. Incorporating the vehicle into the Internet of things results in entirely new challenges that are to a large extent familiar from the networked digital consumer world.

The topic of security is of paramo…

Audi to upgrade part of its vehicle electrical system from 12 to 48 volts

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Audi recently showcased the scope of the 48‑volt electrical system with the technology demonstrators A6 TDI concept and RS 5 TDI concept. Both models are fitted with an electrically powered compressor. This operates independently of the engine load and therefore fundamentally improves the acceleration performance. 48‑volt technology is moreover ideal for realizing convenience systems for dynamic chassis control. Audi will shortly be unveiling a variety of applications in this field.

The current state of the art technology has taken 12‑volt electrical systems to their very limits. Especially at low temperatures, all the various static‑load consumers can account for the entire power generated by the alternator, which can deliver up to three kilowatts. The battery power is no longer capable of meeting the demands of new dynamic‑load consumers, such as high‑performance electric compressors.

The solution is a second subsidiary electrical system running at 48 volts, to complement the 12‑vo…

CESA abstract : from ACC to economic cruise control (Valeo)

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Highly automated driving is one of the current challenges in the automotive industry. Driven by legal regulation as well as committees like EuroNCAP current and future vehicles are equipped with camera, radar, ultrasonic and laser sensors to fulfill the requested customer and safety contents.

Contrary to this, current highly automated driving projects mostly use sensors and measurement equipment (e.g. Differential GPS and initial measurement platform) or 360° Laserscanners with low capabilities to be integrated in series vehicles due to the facts of high costs or installation requirements.

In this discourse Valeo and IAV want to show possible attempts of using already available sensors and actuators to perform highly automated driving functionality with an energy efficient driving example in the context of driving public. This functionality “Economic Cruise Control (ECC)” can be seen as an enhanced Adaptive Cruise Control “ACC” functionality which is deciding about passing opportunit…

An electronic brake light developed by Ford

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Ford Motor Company participated in a special test of a high-tech early warning “brake light” that can warn drivers following behind even if they are around a bend or behind other traffic.

It was during the simTD (Safe Intelligent Mobility – Testfield Germany), a four-year joint industry research project in Germany. Engineers from Ford’s European Research Centre in Aachen, led the development, testing and data analysis.

In emergency braking situations, the experimental “Electronic Brake Light” transmits a wireless signal to illuminate a dashboard light in cars following behind. The study found the technology could enable drivers following behind to brake earlier and potentially mitigate or avoid a collision.

CESA abstract : how to encourage dynamic carpooling (VeDeCoM)

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In the world of Internet of Things, the car is becoming rapidly one of the main connected element in our every day’s life. Our research topic deals more specifically with drivers who connect their smartphones to carpool with strangers.

In fact, smartphones are able to communicate crucial data for eco-mobility, such as the number of “empty seats travelling” (Nokia Research, 2009), available for potential passengers. Thanks to the GPS, 3/4G networks and “dynamic carpooling” applications, the car stands out as the new “public-private” transport.

Dynamic carpooling develops in a lightning way, through applications like Carma, Covisoft, Djump. It has additional benefits compared with the planned carpooling: more flexibility/immediacy for the drivers and passengers matching, complementarity outside the peak hours, optimization of the urban travel, etc. However, as summarized in our state of the art and through our first empirical study in psychology ergonomics, there are also obstacles i…

Augmented reality coming in HUD with Continental Automotive

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Continental is presenting a new evolutionary stage of its head-up display (HUD). The Augmented Reality HUD supplements the exterior view of the traffic conditions in front of the vehicle with virtual information (augmentations) for the driver.

The AR-HUD was developed from the previous HUD, but now the reflected information appears exactly where the information becomes a part of the driving situation.

When navigating, for example, a virtual symbol inserted precisely into the exterior view shows the driver the way on the curve in front of the vehicle.

When distance controls (Adaptive Cruise Control, ACC) are enabled, a marking in the AR-HUD visualizes which vehicle in front is detected by the assistance system.

Continental is planning production readiness of an Augmented Reality Head-up Display in 2017.

CESA abstract : accelerated and cost effective deployment of V2X solution (Autotalks)

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V2X communication is making its way to series-production, fulfilling the vision of zero-fatalities safety and lower emissions enhanced mobility. However, the technology value is heavily dependent on penetration rate acceleration, which can only be achieved by applying built-to-cost solutions that can be quickly introduced to market.

Following experience gained from several design cycles, Autotalks obtained a deep understanding of the contributors to high system cost. The contributors will be presented, as well as the methods to eliminate those. Applying all the considerations will yield a cost-optimized system that can be easily adapted to any specific use-case.

Quick introduction is a factor of development and testing time and risk. Pre-integrated software, elaborated hardware reference design, mature solution and engineering support can shorten significantly the schedule and minimize the risk. An example of quick design cycle will be analyzed.

The presentation will be concluded by …

Solutions for improved mileage of fully electric vehicles

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During the final review of the European research project OpEneR*, last July in Vigo, Spain, Bosch and PSA presented collaboratively developed driving strategies and driver assistance systems that will significantly improve the efficiency and safety of both electric and hybrid vehicles in the future.

The aim was to increase driving range without enlarging the battery.

Engineers and researchers have worked to improve the electrical powertrain, the regenerative braking system, the navigation system, and the surround sensors, as well as on functions that connect these elements with each other.

One task was the development of “eco routing”. Thanks to the navigation system, that continuously takes in account the car's real energy consumption, test drives demonstrated energy consumption savings of up to 30 percent in return for a longer travel time of just 14 percent.

The OpEneR team has worked also on improved map data and car to infrastructure communication, in order to create a eHori…

P2P carsharing : the future of the autonomous vehicle ?

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According to Techneo, a consulting company that conducted a survey for Deways, one of the french peer to peer carsharing providers, the autonomous vehicle will not be a substitute to the personal car. But, it may be a competitor for taxis and private chauffeurs.

The survey argues that an automated vehicle would be much more easy to operate, for P2P carsharing. The car would be able to go by itself and to meet customers that would like to rent it.

A conventional car stays 90 % of the time parked. So, just imagine how it would be more flexible - and more profitable too - to rent it when it"s automated.

Techneo determined several profiles of the autonomous vehicle. For example, the personal one, the family one, the shared one and the delivery one. The conclusion is that the future of the autonomous vehicle belong to carsharing, wether the vehicle be partially or totally shared.