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A new era in mobility: Valeo unveils its latest innovations at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

The cutting-edge technologies designed and developed by Valeo reflect the hard work of nearly 12,000 engineers and technicians spread among 19 research centers and 35 development centers worldwide. Valeo Cruise4U, a technology prototype that can drive in automated mode in real traffic conditions. Valeo Cruise4U can safely handle all of the tasks necessary for driving … Continued

The cutting-edge technologies designed and developed by Valeo reflect the hard work of nearly 12,000 engineers and technicians spread among 19 research centers and 35 development centers worldwide.

Valeo Cruise4U, a technology prototype that can drive in automated mode in real traffic conditions.

Valeo Cruise4U can safely handle all of the tasks necessary for driving a vehicle – steering, acceleration and braking – both in city traffic and on the highway. Its ability to scan the environment in real time and immediately process the acquired data enables Valeo Cruise4U to deliver unparalleled safety. Three separate types of sensors combine to provide a comprehensive picture of the road and its surroundings, day or night, rain, fog or shine. Valeo brings together camera, radar and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technologies to detect what the human eye cannot always see, at distances of between 10 centimeters and more than 200 meters. The sensors transmit information to a powerful software program that uses algorithms to make the right decisions.

The combination of Valeo’s sensors with a powerful analysis tool protects road users from the risks of human error, which may well be the main cause of road accidents. According to the US government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of the road accidents in the United States in 2015 were caused by human error.

Driver Monitoring, a dash-fitted camera pointed at the driver’s face, detects lapses of concentration, day or night. Valeo’s Driver Monitoring system can:

  • Alert the driver in the event of drowsiness or distraction.
  • Identify the driver, offering an additional level of security compared with key- or card-based access systems.
  • Ensure at all times that the driver is actually capable of taking control of the vehicle before switching to manual driving mode – an essential feature in the case of semi-autonomous vehicles.

Valeo at the 2016 Paris Motor Show

Valeo 48V e4Sport, a unique and comprehensive electric solution that delivers results previously considered incompatible Reducing emissions of CO2 and pollutants is one of society’s most critical needs. To meet this need, Valeo develops innovative technologies that enhance performance in ways that have always seemed irreconcilable until now – lowering energy consumption, notably by electrifying powertrains, while also increasing engine power.

Making its world premiere at this year’s Paris Motor Show is Valeo’s 48V e4Sport, a new solution that increases engine performance while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The Valeo 48V e4Sport recovers a maximum amount of braking energy and stores it in a 48V battery so that it can be used again for various purposes, such as:

  • Increasing engine torque, via the starter-generator (integrated Belt Starter Generator – iBSG).
  • Maximizing engine power during acceleration and boost phases, using the electric supercharger (48V electric SuperCharger – eSC)
  • Driving in all-electric mode and, when on low-grip surfaces, improving performance by connecting the rear axle to the 48V electric Rear Axle Drive (eRAD), effectively transforming the vehicle into a four-wheel-drive.

Against a backdrop of increasing vehicle electrification, the 48V e4Sport completes the already comprehensive range of hybrid innovations from Valeo, the world leader in 48V solutions. These include Hybrid4All, which delivers an affordable hybrid solution based on the 48V starter-generator, and e4Boost, which combines hybridization and performance by adding the electric supercharger to the starter-generator.

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