Affichage des articles du juillet, 2014

Europe ready for Car2X deployment

The EC co-funded project DRIVE C2X provides proof that cooperative systems work and demonstrates a positive impact on safety, travel efficiency and the environment, with high user acceptance. Moreover, it shows evidence of the economic viability of cooperative systems.

These conclusions have been announced during the final review of this research project, on July 16 and 17, 2014 in Berlin.

During this three and a half years project, more than 750 drivers tested eight safety-related functions of cooperative functions all over Europe. The operational tests took place in seven test sites in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. In total, more than 200 vehicles drove more than 1,5 million km.

A faultless performance of the functions during these extensive field trials has shown that the system is mature for deployment.

The tests have clearly demonstrated a positive impact of DRIVE C2X on safety and efficiency. Drivers reacted to information and warning signa…

Full programme now on line

Good news : you can now find the full programme of CESA 3.0 on line.

As you will see, we have now names and top experts from famous companies, both in panel and technical sessions. You will also find confirmed speakers for opening and closing keynotes.

We hope you will appreciate our work and our efforts to make this 2014 edition a huge success.

Here is the link :

EPIC Initiates Technology and Market Study on Photonics Technologies in the Automotive Industry

EPIC has signed a contract with market research and consultancy firm TEMATYS for carrying out an in-depth market and technology report of photonics technologies used in cars and for its manufacturing.

Manufacturing includes laser systems used in welding, cutting, marking … as well as for acquiring information such as machine vision, reflectometry, thermography, profilometry, shearography...

Photonics technologies are extensively used in the car for sensing and imaging, optical communication (MOST networks, Flexray), delivering information (screens, displays, GPS), lighting, (LED, OLED, laser), and energy such as photovoltaic.

PSA Peugeot Citroën will be hosting EPIC meeting to validate preliminary findings of the study on October 20, from 1 to 5 pm in Vélizy-Villacoublay (Paris, France).

The full report will be released in December in conjunction with CESA, the Congress on Automotive Electronic Systems, the most important automotive electronics conference in France. It will be availab…

Germany believes in inductive charging

Daimler and the BMW Group have signed an agreement on the joint development and implementation of a standardised technology for inductive charging of electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The advantage is the cable-free connection between the supply point and the vehicle’s high-voltage battery.

The system consists of two components: a secondary coil in the vehicle floor as well as a base plate with integral primary coil that is located underneath the car, for example on the garage floor. The arrangement of the coils, and consequently of the field pattern, is based on a design derived from their circular shape that offers a number of crucial benefits. These include the extremely compact and lightweight construction along with effective spatial confinement of the magnetic field.

The electrical energy is transmitted via an alternating magnetic field generated between the coils, contact-free, without charging cables and at a charging rate of 3.6 kW. With an efficiency factor of over…

Easymile : a new company dedicated to autonomous vehicles in France

CESA 3.0 will welcome as a speaker Manuel Chaufrein, from all-new company Easymile. This is a joint-venture between Ligier (non-licensed cars OEM) and Robosoft (expert in software and robotics controls).

Mr Chaufrein will join the panel about "new usage in automation", on december 3rd.

Robosoft has been working in robotics since 1985. The company has a strong know-how and has build autonomous shuttles. One of them has already transported over 1 million people in Vulcania, the resort based in Auvergne region.

Ligier, which knows the automotive industry (from motorsport, including Formula 1, and non-licensed cars today), launched its VIPA project a few years ago. A limited number of these electric and automated shuttles will run inside Michelin's R&D campus in the next months.

The aim of the two partners is to offer autonomous vehicles dedicated to public transport and for short distances. Indeed, the name of the JV, Easymile refers to the last mile.

CESA 3.0 will be …

The virtual windscreen from Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover will soon offer new ways to give drivers higher quality, life-like graphics and information that will offer an enhanced 'virtual' view of the road or race track.

For example, ther Virtual Windscreen concept uses the entire windscreen as a display so the driver's eyes need never leave the road. High quality hazard, speed and navigation icons could all be projected onto the screen together.

For performance drivers, imagery that could aid track driving includes:
Racing line and braking guidance,
Virtual racing lines on the windscreen appear to be marked on the track ahead for optimum racing line, with changes in colour to indicate braking guidance,
Ghost car racing,
Improve your lap times by racing a 'ghost car' visualisation of your car on a previous lap, or compete against a lap uploaded from another driver,
Virtual cones can be laid out on the track ahead for driver training. These could be moved as the driver's ability improves.

Jaguar Land …

Android Auto soon on board

You may have heard about the Open Automotive Alliance, announced by Google in early january - during the CES in Las Vegas. This initiative has been backed since the beginning by Audi, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai, including also Nvidia.

A few days ago, the Internet giant has unveiled the name of its on board interface, called Android Auto. This system enables the replication of Android mobile phones display on the on-board screen. With remote controls on the steering wheel and voice recognition, the driver can access to navigation (Google Maps), music (Google Play Music, plus Pandora and Spotify) and of course hands-free phone calls.

The other major announcement was the list of new partners. Almost all OEMs have decided to join the competitor of Apple's CarPlay.

New members include Bentley, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Infiniti, Maserati, Mazda, Nissan, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen and Volvo. In addition, you can find also OEM suppliers (Clarion, Delphi, Harman,…

High quality and international papers for CESA 3.0

The picture shows a part of the selection team (some colleagues had already given their vote before by phone). It shows us after the selection process, which was not easy, as we had to choose the lucky 28 papers for presentation against almost the same number of unlucky ones. It took us quite some time, as the quality of the submitted proposals was excellent and very international.

In the next days we will publish the result. Nevertheless, we can already say that we had a equal distribution of submissions between France and the rest of the world. This distribution could be kept. This shall contribute to the image of CESA to be an international event.

Amongst the papers selected we will see of course the local VIPs like PSA, Renault, Valeo and Faurecia, but also some SMEs. Foreign representatives will come from Germany, Israel, Spain and Austria with Daimler, AVL or ESG.

In order to honor the quality of the not selected submissions, the committee decided to offer them the possibility …

Daimler speaker Ralf Herttwich at CESA 3.0

CESA 3.0 will welcome Ralf Herttwich as a keynote speaker.

Former Director for Infotainment and Telematics, he's Head of Driver Assistance and Chassis Systems at Daimler Group Research and Advanced Engineering, in charge of conceiving and developing future safety and comfort innovations for Mercedes-Benz.

This expert of the autonomous car considers that interpreting a situation becomes exponentially more difficult as the road is more complex. It will be interesting to hear from him, as more and more OEMs move towards automation.