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By T Murrali:

Every New Year marks also the unfolding of many innovations, mainly in electronics,thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January. At CES 2109 most of the exhibits were on infotainment, ADAS, electronic mirrors, driver monitoring systems and impressive and intelligent instrument clusters. Most of them were targeted at the future connected and autonomous vehicles. I would like to touch upon some of the very fascinating novelties.
Building on its ‘Beyond Autonomous Driving’ vision for connected vehicles, KIA Motors is looking into the future, when autonomous driving will be the norm, with an interactive ‘Space of Emotive Driving.’ The carmakerpresentedits ‘Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving’ that can optimise and personalise a vehicle cabin space by analysing a driver’s emotional state in real-time through AI-based bio-signal recognition technology.
ZF made the next generation of mobility a reality at the show, especially with its ProAIRoboThink, a powerful AI-capable supercomputer. Combined with fully developed sensor suite, it allows real-time analysis of and reaction to virtually any kind of complex traffic situations,makespossible autonomous mobility-as-a-service,and accelerates the development of driverless vehicles. A performance of up to 600 trillion calculation operations per second (600 teraOPS) puts the supercomputer in the pole position for automotive-grade central control units. This level of computing power is designed to provide a platform to help safely operate a Level4+ autonomous vehicle in virtually any kind of public traffic.
At CES 2019 ZF announced its partnership with Transdev, a leading operator and global integrator of mobility solutions, to develop a new shared mobility solution by integrating the autonomous driven e.GO Mover shuttle with Transdev’s operating System. The partners will start working together immediately to provide a fully functional solution by 2020, with priority markets in France and Germany.
Valeo,unveiled Drive4U, the group’s first autonomous car, which can perform all operations using only Valeo sensors (ultrasound, cameras, lasers, radars and LiDARS), that are being series-produced. Equipped with a full-fledged digital brain it can process the inputs and learn from the scenarios it encounters in the city. The company also introduced Voyage XR that can simulate the virtual presence of a person – based in a fixed location – on board the autonomous vehicle during the journey.
Bosch showcased its components and systems for automating, connecting, and electrifying driverless shuttles which could be common in city streets in the future. It also provided a smart ecosystem of mobility services, including booking, sharing, and networking platforms, parking and battery charging services, and software solutions for managing and maintaining the vehicles, as well as infotainment during the journey.
Nissan unveiled its future vision for a vehicle that helps drivers ‘see the invisible’ by merging both real and virtual worlds, creating the ultimate connected-car experience. Invisible-to-Visible, or I2V, a future technology created through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, demonstrated the future of driving to CES visitors through an interactive, three-dimensional immersion experience. It supports drivers by merging information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data from the cloud, enabling the system not only to track the vehicle’s immediate surroundings but also to anticipate what’s ahead – even showing what’s behind a building or around the corner.
Continental presented two prototypes for a heated and actively illuminated safety jacket, revolutionising the way technology is used in everyday situations to improve road safety. The company thinks that in the future sensors in the clothing could determine data such as humidity and temperature and, based on this, actuate the automatic climate control system via the vehicle electronics. Wow!
Hyundai Motor Group unveiled its innovative electric vehicle charging and automated parking systems concept – Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS) that can offer a convenience to drivers who are faced with an overcrowding of both parking and charging locations as electric vehicle numbers may increase. When a vehicle is fully charged, it will relocate to another vacant parking space using AVPS, allowing other vehicles to charge at the spot. When the driver calls for the vehicle, it will then autonomously return to the location of the driver.
As part of research into how people can develop their trust in autonomous technology, Jaguar Land Rover has developed a system that projects the direction of travel onto the road ahead of self-driving vehicles, to tell other road users what it is going to do next.The intelligent technology beams a series of projections onto the road to show the future intentions of the vehicle – for example stopping and turning left or right. In the future the projections could even be used to share obstacle detection and journey updates with pedestrians.
See you next month with more trailblazing trends . . .

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