CES 2020 – a glimpse into the future of mobility
Every year the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offers a peek into the future. CES 2020 was no different, revealing some of the most innovative products and services from global manufacturers that will help transform transportation and mobility. Here, we give you a whistle-stop tour of some of the automotive highlights.
From the further development of electric cars to the latest automotive aids, manufacturers are engaged in a technological race that will bring great changes in the near future.
Innovation is the focus of all OEMs and Tier1 companies, and it has become a regular feature for them to re-invest original equipment sales into R&D, creating synergies with start-up businesses and laboratories, with the aim of discovering cutting-edge solutions.
The automotive world is changing, with services more centred around the customer’s needs rather than the car’s performance. Motorists will be safer on the road, enjoying an improved driving experience, ‘helped’ by the car to understand how better to plan their routine and the car’s maintenance.
Among the various definitions of innovation, one that fits the latest aftermarket trend is: “Innovation means executing an idea which addresses a specific challenge and achieves value for both the company and customer.”
Mobility transformation is a major issue for NEXUS and the N! Community, in 2020 and beyond. Here, we share some of the innovations presented at CES 2020 by N! suppliers.
Starting in 2020, Valeo battery cooling systems will be a feature of a large (in number of units) electric vehicle platform for a leading German automaker. Going a step further, Valeo will soon offer thermal modules as aftermarket components. This means that systems already on the market will be able to benefit from the latest cooling technologies.
Valeo’s journey into safer mobility began with the first ultrasonic parking assistance systems in 1991. The story gathered pace from 2004. Since then, no two years have gone by without Valeo launching yet another ‘world first’ in driving assistance systems.
This started with the first lane departure warning system and continued through to the first image-processing system, enabling drivers to ‘see through’ their trailer or caravan for maximum visibility, offered by Valeo XtraVue Trailer® in 2019.
Valeo worked on an intelligent system capable of predicting the behaviour, intentions and trajectories of other road users, as well as two unique, complementary systems for ultra-precise vehicle location.
Valeo Move Predict.ai can detect vulnerable road-users located in the vehicle’s immediate vicinity, such as pedestrians, cyclists, skaters and scooter riders, and predict their intentions. The technology is based on combining Valeo’s expertise in 360° perception around the vehicle, thanks to its sensors (latest generation of fisheye cameras and Valeo SCALA® LiDAR), with artificial intelligence.
Virtual visors – artificial intelligence applied to the windshield. The sun visor is a transparent LCD panel that blocks sunlight while giving the driver a nearly unobstructed view of the road ahead. The artificial intelligence is able to monitor how sunlight hits the driver’s face, where the driver’s eyes are, and where the sun is coming from, so it automatically tints the ‘bee shape’ hexagons to block the light.
‘Transparent hood’ is a function that displays the area beneath the bonnet, enabling the driver to see the terrain and obstacles that would otherwise not be visible. This function is based on the Continental surrounding system, consisting of four cameras and a control unit that delivers images to the vehicle’s display.
Finally, we would like to share with you some thoughts of Avi Feldman, Managing Partner of Mobilion, the innovation fund created with the collaboration of NEXUS:
‘As well as the innovations offered by the major Tier1 companies, the show gave stage several hundred automotive start-ups from all over the globe, offering advanced technologies for the automotive industry.
‘It is interesting to see how the major companies are checking the new development trends that these start-ups bring, and in many cases sign Proof of Concepts to examine and demonstrate these new technologies on-board their vehicle platform.
‘One major insight from the CES is that connectivity and automotive digital services would become more and more important in the near future. The OEMs are struggling to control the flow of data that is generated in the car as new technologies produce greater amounts of data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) based on that data.’