Affichage des articles du septembre, 2014

Car Easy Apps : the PSA approach for the connected car

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)

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

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

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,
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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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)

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…