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Deadline approaching for call for papers

Jochen Langheim, chairman of CESA 3.0, reminds that the deadline for submission is May 15 th. Be careful, there are only two weeks left.

If you're interested, here are the seven domains covered by the congress :

1 - Technical progress towards automation of driving – ADAS
2 - New usage of cars with more automation
3 - The connected car and acceptance of users
4 - CO2 reduction, hybridization, regulation
5 - Human factors in modern cars - Psychology, physiology, HMI, …
6 - Standards, tests and validation
7 - Electronic components and materials

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A step further for CESA 3.0

On Wednesday, there have been two meetings to update CESA congress organization. The fist was held with the organizing committee at SIA headquarters, in the suburbs of Paris. The second one followed in the evening with the advisory committee.

In the famous restaurant Drouant, where the prize Goncourt for literature is awarded every year to best authors, top automotive managers were around the table to discuss the programme of the event.

Around Jochen Langheim, chairman of CESA 3.0, we could see Rémi Bastien (Renault), Jean-Marc Finot (PSA Peugeot Citroën), Guy Maugis (Bosch France), Guillaume Devauchelle (Valeo), Bernard Million-Rousseau (PFA), Daniel Pfrimmer (SIA), as well as Louis-Claude Vrignaud (Continental Automotive) and Olivier Alazard (ST Microelectronics).

Germany, as a special guest this year, was represented by Wolfgang Runge, chairman of Baden Baden conference, and by Jörn Bousselmi, General Manager at Chambre Franco-Allemande de Commerce et d'Industrie.

The detailed…

Mini Connected XL Journey Mate : a co-pilot in your car

Starting from this month, Mini offers a clever new app that not only helps the driver with navigation, but also supplies individually tailored information on the road. It's a merger of data stored in the car and entries stored on the smartphone.

Apple iPhone users can plan a trip on their mobile phone, taking into account calendar entries and any appointments they have at their destination. As soon as the smartphone is connected, the Mini Connected XL Journey Mate calculates whether there is enough fuel for the trip and highlights service stations en route, indicates the expected time of arrival and gives weather information.

The app also assists the driver in locating parking spaces, and directs him on foot to reach his final destination. All this and Real Time Traffic Information is displayed on the Mini's 8.8-inch on-board monitor.

The system is navigable via the new Touch Controller and multifunctional steering wheel buttons and is intuitive and simple to use.

Inside the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept

At Auto China 2014, in Beijing, BMW has univeiled a concept car that delivers a long-term outlook on the perception of modern luxury for the german brand. New technologies include laser front lights and OLED rear lights. There is a new head up display too. It augments the driver’s view of the real world by projecting information directly in the driver’s line of sight onto the road.

Chrysalide concept : well-being on demand

PSA recently unveiled the Chrysalide concept. In this vehicle, several functions have been integrated to create an experience in well-being, with a multi-sensory approach :

- Sight through the ambient lighting in the roof, dashboard, door panels and seats,

- Smell through the use of fragrance via a diffuser on the central air vent,

- Hearing through a special playlist and sound treatment in the cabin and upper seatbacks,

- Touch and thermal well-being : power adjustment seats with a 3-position memory (driving, welcome and relaxation), heating with air flows in the upper seatbacks and three massage zones: seatback, cushion and calf rest.

Electronic sound and well being : a new approach from PSA

PSA Peugeot Citroën has developed a new driving experience calling on the senses of vehicle passengers.

Sound is one of them.

Thanks to electronics and software, PSA offers sound spatialisation in the cabin. Based on the digital processing of sound signals, this technology makes it possible to simulate the location and movement of sound sources.

That means that virtual sound sources can be recreated and manipulated anywhere in space. The sound can be positioned or even moved, in coherence with the message or the location concerned.

For instance, if the navigation systems says "turn right", the driver will get the sound on the right at the same time.

Vincent Roussarie, digital audio research engineer at PSA, says : "Sound spatialisation technology is advantageous on three levels: intelligible messages, sound quality and functional efficiency, since vocal information and sound location reinforce one another for increased driver safety".

Windows in the car : smartphone mirroring based on MirrorLink

During Build 2014*, Microsoft demonstrated a Windows Phone car connectivity solution based on the MirrorLink connectivity and integration standard.

The technology allows for the replication of the screen and controls of a Windows Phone device on to the head unit of the car. Invented by Nokia, this solution is already available in a number of handsets, most notably select device in the Sony Xperia line.

The smartphone centric approach is also being taken by Apple with its Car Play solution.

Introducing the "invisible car" @Land Rover

Pioneering technology is being developed to give Land Rover drivers a digital vision of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car 'virtually' invisible.

How does it work ? Cameras located in the vehicle's grille capture data used to feed a Head-Up Display, effectively creating a 'see-through' view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance.

The technology, named Transparent Bonnet by its creators, enables a driver climbing a steep incline or manoeuvring in a confined space to see an augmented reality view, capturing not only the terrain in front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels.

Augmented reality as an interface for automated driving

A research project, called LRA, is studying augmented reality as an HMI for automated driving. The aim is to clearly describe the situation of driving and to raise the driver awareness, in order to take back control if necessary.

AR display could be used on a Head-Up Display, connected glasses on a large HUD. It's a new way to get interactions with the driver and to manage transitions from automated to manual driving.

This project is led by System X, a technologic research institute in France, with the help of several partners including Renault, Valeo, Oktal and CEA-List.

Car2Car projects in France

Starting from 2015, several OEMs will offer a Car2Car connectivity. To catch up, France has decided to organise a pilot project. Called Scoop@F it will run with about 1 000 vehicles in 2016. There will be 1000 more vehicles the year after.

France will have then the largest fleet on the road for collecting data on performance, cost/benefit and user acceptance.

Scoop@F builds on another project (Scor@F), that has already allowed Renault and PSA to test the connectivity between cars and infrastructure.

During ITS world congress, that takes place in Bordeaux in 2015, french OEMs will make some demos with Car2X communication.

PSA and Orange offer telematics for professionals

In collaboration with its partner Orange Business Services, PSA Peugeot Citroën is launching a fleet management solution, covering the entire Peugeot and Citroën line-up. 

This manufacturer-guaranteed solution is based on the use of an autonomous telematics box (ATB) connected to a vehicle's controller area network (CAN) bus, allowing for automatic reports of precise, reliable data from the vehicle's on-board computers.

Parameters monitored include exact kilometre readings, consumption, mechanical alerts and fuel levels. In addition, the solution offers real-time information on hours of use and geographic location.