“Exceed Possibilities” – this is the motto of the globally positioned automotive supplier HELLA at this year’s IAA in Frankfurt. The focus of the HELLA presentation is on innovative solutions for the key market trends electrification and autonomous driving. Future concepts and product highlights of the lighting and electronics expert can be experienced from 10 to 15 September 2019 in the exhibition area of the New Mobility World (Hall 5, Stand B06).
“The transformation of mobility towards autonomous driving and electric mobility is progressing inexorably. HELLA’s core competencies in lighting technology and electronics play a central role in this process,” says HELLA CEO Dr. Rolf Breidenbach. “With our innovative product solutions, we want to contribute to making tomorrow’s mobility safer, more comfortable and more environmentally friendly. At this year’s IAA, we will illustrate this with numerous selected product highlights and concepts for the future.”
Innovative Dual Voltage Battery for mild hybrids enables significant CO2 savings
Against this background, HELLA accompanies customers holistically on their way to electromobility. The basis for this is a comprehensive product range for all electrification stages. At the IAA 2019, HELLA will be focusing in particular on its expertise as a component and subsystem supplier and presents, for example, new battery module solutions for the rapidly growing market of 48 volt mild hybrids.
A core product in this context is the Dual Voltage Battery Management System, for which HELLA received the Automotive INNOVATIONS Award 2019. It combines the functions of a 48 volt and 12 volt battery (including Low Voltage Battery Management) within a single product in the installation space of a conventional 12 volt battery. The new battery module solution saves weight and space and can be conveniently integrated into existing vehicle architectures. The intelligent circuit of the cells allows the capacity of the Li-Ion batteries to be used in the 12 volt or 48 volt vehicle electrical system, depending on the application. The solution is primarily designed for compact and mid-range class and can help reduce CO2 emissions by 5 to 6 grams per kilometer. Series production is expected to start in 2023.
New road condition sensor extends sensor portfolio for automated driving scenarios
At the occasion of the IAA, HELLA is also presenting a new sensor with which the condition of the road surface can be determined. The structure-borne sound sensor SHAKE (abbreviation for Structural Health And Knock Emission) is able to detect the condition of the road on the basis of even the smallest touches (e.g. vibrations of water drops whirled up) and to alert the driver for example of aquaplaning. As the SHAKE sensor determines road condition information in real time and perspectively can share such information with other vehicles, it is also a necessary component for implementing automated driving functions.
With the SHAKE sensor, electronics expert HELLA expands its extensive sensor portfolio. With powerful radar sensors and front camera software, HELLA already offers essential core technologies for assisted and automated driving. In this context, HELLA pursues a flexible, scalable platform approach that realizes cost-optimized NCAP functionalities as well as more sophisticated functions for higher automation levels. In cooperation with the US start-up AEye, HELLA is also stepping up its development activities in the field of LiDAR sensors.
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