VALEO LAYS THE GROUND FOR THE AUTONOMOUS COMMERCIAL VEHICLES REVOLUTION
At the 67th IAA International Motor Show for commercial vehicles in Hanover, Valeo presented two ground-breaking systems to enhance the safety of automated vehicles: Valeo Driver Monitoring and Valeo Hands On/Off Detection.
As the era of the autonomous vehicles looms, safety – whether their own or that of other road users – is a key concern for the drivers of commercial vehicles. Valeo’s innovative Driver Monitoring system consists of a dash-fitted camera pointed at the driver’s face. It can identify who they are, monitor their attentiveness and quickly ensure good control of the vehicle when it switches from automated to manual driving mode. Additional software can also identify the direction of the driver’s gaze, allowing him or her to activate interfaces or context menus without even touching them. Meanwhile, the Valeo Hands On/Off Detection (HOD) system can tell if the driver’s hands are on the steering wheel or not. This information can then be safely conveyed to the driver by light-up strips on the wheel that indicate the level of automated driving.
VALEO AND WABCO JOIN FORCES TO BRING THE LATEST ACTIVE SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES TO THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES MARKET
Paris, September – Valeo and WABCO announce today the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to bring the latest active safety technologies to the commercial vehicles market in order to protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic and enable autonomous driving features. This MoU will enable Valeo and WABCO to play a leading role in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD) markets for commercial vehicles.
Valeo will contribute its expertise in perception systems, especially its radars and LiDAR. Valeo, expert in active safety, has the broadest sensors portfolio on the market and is already engaged in mass production for passenger cars with radars, front cameras and LiDAR. Thanks to its know-how, Valeo has already brought to market Valeo 360 degree AEB Nearshield, a technology that protects nearby pedestrians when vehicles perform low-speed maneuvers.
WABCO, leader on the commercial vehicles market as a global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, will contribute its knowledge of market needs and regulations.
The radar and LiDAR technologies developed within this partnership will comply with upcoming commercial vehicle legislation and deliver warning and braking systems that protect vulnerable road users in urban environments.
Through the MoU, Valeo and WABCO will first work on a radar solution that will be available as soon as 2020, delivering blind spot warning assistance to drivers to comply with German regulations (ahead of the European Union 2020 ones).
Valeo and WABCO will, at the same time, work on various LiDAR solutions that cover an extended range of situations that go beyond 2020 regulatory requirements and facilitate driving.