Valeo Detection Systems Offer Complete Safety for Low-Speed Maneuvers

September 15, 2009

FRANKFURT, September 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Valeo has developed
three innovative detection systems combining camera, sensor and radar
technologies, which significantly enhance road safety and give the driver
complete peace of mind. Safety is significantly improved if the driver is not
surprised by the appearance of a hazard in the vehicle’s immediate
environment, especially during delicate parking maneuvers or when driving in
conditions of poor visibility.

The multi-camera system, a world first, provides total visibility of the
vehicle’s immediate environment so that the driver can maneuver easily and
safely. Five miniature digital cameras scan the area around the car,
transmitting their data to a control unit that prepares and optimizes the
images before they are displayed on the color navigation screen. At the rear,
a reversing camera is coupled with the ultrasonic park assist sensors to
provide an image of the area behind the car. A series of bars superimposed on
this image shows the driver how much space is available. Two other cameras
are installed on the left and right ends of the front bumper, enabling the
driver to view pedestrians, cyclists or other vehicles arriving at a
low-visibility intersection or when exiting a parking lot. The last two
cameras are installed at the base of the external rear-view mirrors and
provide a view of the sides of the car, in order to help the driver maneuver
with precision in tight spaces. This system is being introduced on the new
Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery and on the new BMW 5
Series Gran Turismo. During 2010, four more models will be equipped with this

Cross Traffic Alert allows drivers to back out of a parking space in
complete safety, even when there is no visibility. Two radars – electronic
sensors scanning 150degrees – installed in the rear bumper determine the
distance, speed and direction of other vehicles in the traffic lane behind
the vehicle. A display or sound signal informs the driver when it is safe to
perform the reversing maneuver. This system is particularly useful when
visibility is obstructed by other vehicles. It is already available in the
United States
on the Lincoln MKT and MKZ, Ford Fusion and Taurus, and the
Mercury Milan.

A new multifunction sensor warns of the risk of mist forming on the
windshield – in addition to the traditional functions of switching on the
headlights and windshield wipers – thanks to smart air-conditioning
management. This function, which plays a key role in safety, works by
measuring the temperature and relative humidity at the surface of the
windshield, in order to precisely quantify the risk of misting. Smart
air-conditioning management enables the risk to be eliminated, maintaining
perfect visibility for the driver. By controlling the humidity in the cabin,
this system also improves comfort for the occupants, especially the driver,
who is then better able to concentrate. Finally, the precision of the
air-conditioning saves energy through the close management of the compressor,
contributing to reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Valeo has
combined all these functions in a single sensor so small that it can easily
fit into the support arm of the inside rear-view mirror. The Porsche Panamera
will be sporting this feature as a world first.

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design,
production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for cars
and trucks. Valeo ranks among the world’s top automotive suppliers. The Group
has 121 plants, 61 R&D centers, 10 distribution platforms and employs 50,100
people in 27 countries worldwide.

For more information about the Group and its activities, please visit our
web site http://www.valeo.com.

SOURCE Valeo Management Services

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