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Automotive innovations at the CES 2015 (Part 2)


The automobile is the star of the CES 2015 which is currently held this week at Las Vegas. OEM, suppliers and electronics specialists reveal their latest technologies in terms of connected vehicle and autonomous driving. Following the first CES 2015 dedicated article released this week, here are some more insights.

Valeo debuts smartwatch and automated driving

Valeo InBlue

Valeo’s InBlue virtual key extends the capabilities of its passive entry systems to integrate new uses and behaviors related to the Internet of Things. InBlue communicates with the vehicle through a virtual key stored in a smartphone or smartwatch via the secure InBlue platform. Security is on a level with that of mobile payment systems.

Valeo InBlue with smartwatch functional illustration

With InBlue, drivers can leave their keys at home yet still have complete access to their vehicle. It also allows them to connect to vehicle data remotely, including a check on the fuel level or on the tires pressure. Data is regularly backed up in the smartphone and is available no matter how far the driver is from the vehicle.

Drivers also can use InBlue to virtually transmit the vehicle key to another person, making it easy to share the vehicle with someone else. InBlue could be equipped on vehicles in 2016.


At CES 2015, Valeo will unveil its Cruise4U automated driving prototype during a demonstration in real traffic. When engaged, drivers decide if they want to manually control the vehicle or let Cruise4U take control of the steering, accelerating and braking. Laser scanning technology detects moving or stationary obstacles to avoid collisions.

Highly Automated Driving on Highways

Valeo partnered with IAV, an automotive engineering integrator, to develop the Cruise4U prototype.

Delphi automated driving prototype

Delphi presented at the CES a prototype of Audi SQ5 that embeds all the automated driving technologies currently developed by the supplier.

Delphi's automated driving vehicle

Key features:

  • Full suite of radar, vision and ADAS
  • Automated highway with lane change
  • Point-to-point urban autonomous driving
  • Multi-domain controller: High-end microprocessor to drive multiple features and functions
  • V2V/V2X: Wireless vehicle communication technology extends the range of existing ADAS functionality
  • Intelligent software that enables the vehicle to make complex, human-like decisions for real-world driving

Delphi’s portfolio of automated driving technologies:

  • Radar and vision systems provide layers of protection that intelligently monitor and scan the vehicle’s internal and external environment.
    • Delphi’s 360 degree sensing vehicle may be the first step toward automated driving, as this system helps enhance safety and reduce the potential for accidents. The system consists of four short-range radars; two in the rear of the vehicle and two in the front.
    • Delphi’s RACam is another key automated safety system strategically located to provide critical information about the car’s surroundings. RACam integrates Delphi’s electronically scanning radar and vision system into one compact radar/camera package located behind the windshield.
Delphi's management of a 4 way stop
  • Delphi’s multi-domain controller brings together multiple electronic sub-systems, or domains, within a vehicle into a single control center. The high-performance computing power of a multi-domain controller makes it possible for automated vehicles to quickly manage the massive amounts of complex data required to make automated features work well.
  • Delphi improved automated driving solutions with a joint development agreement with Ottomatika, a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University. Ottomatika’s automated driving software is integrated with Delphi’s active safety technologies. The result is a system capable of making human-like decisions to pilot an automated vehicle through a variety of real-world highway or urban driving scenarios.
  • Delphi’s V2V/V2X technology will allow cars to talk with one another as well as the infrastructure needed to provide drivers critical traffic information. This advancement will further enhance current and future automated driving functionality.

Audi at CES 2015

Audi drives forward networking of its models both inside and outside the car. At CES, Audi presents a wide range of innovations in the technology fields of controls and displays, infotainment, connectivity and lighting technology, in driver assistance systems and in piloted driving.

Audi’s new hardware and software solutions provide added operating comfort. The new Audi TT and the new Audi Q7 will feature voice command for controlling the navigation system and others. This big SUV’s new all‑in‑touch Multi Media Interface (MMI) will let the driver scroll and zoom as on a smartphone. Every entry will trigger a haptic feedback.

Q7 MMI touch

Audi connect, a portfolio of networked applications, also offers new solutions. In the new Audi Q7, the driver can use a smartphone to link up with the software environment of Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The system also provides the driver with access to Napster’s and Aupeo!’s music worlds and to online updates of navigational maps. A virtual cockpit shows all of the car’s displays in the Audi TT (standard) and the Audi Q7 (optional). This digital instrument combination features 3D graphics and animations as well as possibilities of customization. Audi virtual cockpit is powered by the T 30 graphics processor made by Audi’s cooperation partner NVDIA.

Driver assistance systems is another area where Audi opens a new chapter in the new Audi Q7. Solutions such as the Predictive Efficiency Assistant and adaptive cruise control including congestion assistant point the way towards upcoming piloted driving technology.

To mark 2015 CES, an Audi A7 piloted driving concept will motor from Stanford in Silicon Valley to Las Vegas. The car’s zFAS driver assistance controller will upload data collected during the journey to the Cloud where it will be processed, then transmitted back to the car, enabling the car to permanently expand its data repository and making it an intelligent and adaptive vehicle.

Teletrac’s intelligent driver behavior tracking solution

Teletrac is announced as a CES 2015 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Safe Driving Category.

Teletrac’s award-winning software, Fleet Director®, was honored for its commitment to driver and vehicle safety by offering a business tool that moves beyond traditional GPS tracking. Managers can monitor their drivers on the job by using Teletrac Safety Analytics’s data-rich dashboards to display any incidents of harsh braking, speeding, fast cornering, and stop sign violations. This arsenal of behavioral data helps businesses monitor and implement safety incentives into their driver training.

Teletrac Software. Analytics fleet total distance

Teletrac’s safety component is coupled with actionable vehicle data that provides companies with performance data, such as fuel use, idle time information and vehicle diagnostic data. This information can help cut down fuel consumption and other inefficiencies, increasing a fleet’s lifespan, efficiency and cost saving.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our work in promoting driver and vehicle safety,” said Michael Jarvinen, Vice President, Marketing, Teletrac. “Safety is a powerful tent pole in our product offering and we’re proud to provide companies with valuable vehicle and driver behavior data that helps them make the best decisions for their company.”

Source: Valeo, Delphi, Audi, Teletrac

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