OEMs jump on self-driving technology bandwagon
The autonomous driving revolution isn’t reserved to a bunch of start-ups anymore. Major original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are taking the lead.
French Valeo has developed a self-driving system with an array of fully integrated sensors, while Faurecia is concentrating on tomorrow’s cockpit, and German Bosch plans on launching autonomous shuttles. Silicon Valley and China’s start-ups are now concentrating on flying taxis.
Some years ago, only a bunch of young start-ups lead by ambitious entrepreneurs were developing self-driving technologies. Since then, bigger companies, such as Uber, Google and even Apple, tried to develop their own and are continuing to do so.
Conventional car and original equipment manufacturers were lagging behind, but that was before. Now, they’ve caught up and some are even leading the way.
Fully integrated sensors
French group, Valeo, is trying to keep ahead of the pack with its new Drive4U experience. This autonomous car is equipped with an array of sensors, all developed in-house. Its particularity is that all lidars, sensors, radars and cameras are fully integrated in the bodywork.
The car has therefore no radar tower on its roof, as other development cars do. The software can also adapt to the traffic regulations of the country it’s driving in. It will read road signs, traffic lights and adjust to the width of the lane.
Self-driving car’s cockpit
If the fully autonomous car becomes something of a reality, the driving experience will completely change. French OEM, Faurecia, has thought of that particular aspect and developed tomorrow’s cockpit. Whether passengers know each other or not, they can each create their own personal space. In this bubble, they can choose their own music, movie, lighting and temperature.
For the shared car services, Faurecia has thought of a facial recognition software that will adapt the car depending on the driver. It can act on the seat adjustments, music and climate control.
While the major part of OEMs are developing technologies for applications in their clients’ products, German manufacturer, Bosch, is going a step further. It has developed its own electric autonomous shuttle. With its loT Shuttle, Bosch is ready to become an actor in tomorrow’s mobility, where it already has made its first steps with ‘Coup’, its free-floating shared electric scooters.
Connected services by Panasonic
In addition to its partnership with Harley-Davidson for the development of the all-new electric motorbike, Livewire, to be launched this autumn, Japanese Panasonic has announced the development of a service called ‘Cirrus by Panasonic’. This data management platform will gather information from connected vehicles and from the road to ease traffic. It’s currently tested in Colorado, USA, and aims at bringing solutions to local authorities to reduce traffic and pollution.