To unlock the vehicle, the driver needs to place a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle. The driver can also easily start the vehicle by touching the ignition that is also equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor.
The technology also provides a customised driving environment. Matching information of driver preference with fingerprint data, the vehicle automatically adjusts seating positions, connected car features, and side-view mirror angles according to the driver.
“In the future, Hyundai Motor plans to further expand the application of the technology to allow the adjustment of temperature, steering wheel position, and many other features which will be tailored to driver’s preferences” said Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research & Development Division of the Hyundai Motor Company. “This will ultimately offer quality driving experience to each and every Hyundai customer.”
Hyundai also addressed the security issues on the smart fingerprint technology. With capacitance recognition, which detects differentials in the electricity level in various parts of the fingertip, the fingerprint technology efficiently prevents forgeries and faked fingerprints. The technology’s chance of misrecognising other person’s finger print as the driver’s is only 1 in 50,000 making it five times more effective than conventional vehicle keys, including smart keys. Moreover, through real-time learning of fingerprints supported by ‘dynamic update’ system, the fingerprint system can continually improve its success rate.
Hyundai will apply the fingerprint technology in select markets and gradually expand to the other markets. Hyundai Motor also plans to continue to implement other customisable technologies to vehicle lineup, to strengthen technological leadership in the future mobility market.
Exynos Auto V9 is a powerful automotive processor designed for advanced IVI systems that display content on multiple displays, providing information that assists drivers and passengers for a safer and more enjoyable in-vehicle experience. Based on cutting-edge 8-nanometer (nm) process technology, the V9 packs ARM’s latest Cortex-A76 CPU cores, ARM Mali G76 GPU, premium HiFi 4 audio digital signal processor (DSP), intelligent neural processing unit (NPU), and a safety island core that supports Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL)-B standards. The processor also supports fast and power-efficient LPDDR4 and LPDDR5 DRAM.
“Audi thrives to bring the most exciting, yet the safest automobiles when we vision the drive of tomorrow,” said Alfons Pfaller, Head of Architecture & Platform Development E/E at Audi. “Samsung has been a valued technology partner over the past few years and we are extremely pleased to have the Exynos Auto V9 power our next-generation platform that will shape the future in-vehicle infotainment experiences.”
“Samsung is fully committed to bringing top-of-the-line automotive processors for safer and more pleasant driving experiences,” said Kenny Han, vice president of Device Solutions Division at Samsung Electronics. “We are thrilled to introduce the new Exynos Auto line of products, starting with the Exynos Auto V9, which brings powerful processing performance to the next generation of automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems while meeting the industry’s strict reliability requirements.”
To deliver highly immersive driving experiences, Exynos Auto V9 supports up to six displays and twelve camera connections for various sub-system content in premium IVI systems. The V9 is powered by eight Cortex-A76 cores at speeds up to 2.1 gigahertz (GHz). The GPU is arranged in three separate dedicated sets of Mali G76 GPU cores that are able to seamlessly support multiple systems such as the cluster display, central information display (CID) and rear-seat entertainment (RSE) simultaneously. For premium audio quality, the chip comes with four HiFi 4 audio processors that provide captivating audio experiences with vivid and realistic sounds.
Functional safety is especially critical when it comes to automotive components. Exynos Auto V9’s embedded safety island allows real-time protection for system operations, facilitating ASIL-B requirements.
In addition, the V9 is equipped with an NPU for a digital concierge service that can intelligently manage a safe and personalised driving environment. With incredibly fast operations, the NPU can process visual and audio data for features such as face, speech or gesture recognition.
This technology will be applied to the development of adhesives for automobile body structures, an area expected to see rapid growth worldwide. It can be also applied to various industrial adhesives, including those used in electronic devices exposed to harsh heat cycles.
The automobile industry has entered into a once-a-century period of drastic change, with reduction of car body weights the highest priority. Multi-material structures combining lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) with steel are rapidly coming into use, especially in Europe. This trend is increasing the need for structural adhesives because bonding the various materials used in these multi-material structures is difficult to do with traditional welding.
Although the epoxy-based adhesives used to date have high strength levels, their low flexible elasticity to follow movement makes their use with multiple materials difficult. For that reason, the development of adhesives that can be used in multi-material structures is being earnestly pursued in Japan, including the establishment of a national project.
Yokohama Rubber has been conducting research on adhesives that possess the high strength and excellent elasticity required for automobile structures. The research is based on the company’s renowned urethane adhesive technology for building and automobile window frames.
In the new technology, Yokohama Rubber succeeded in achieving maximum tensile strength of 20 to 40Mpa, comparable to that of epoxy- based adhesives with excellent elasticity unique to urethane adhesives with maximum elongation of 200 to 500%. These numerical values exceed the upper limit of the so-called banana curve that defines the performance range generally considered technically difficult to achieve. It also greatly improves urethane’s curability, helping overcome slow and/or imperfect curing caused by environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, which is considered one of the material’s weak points.
The new technology realises short takt times that enable both pot life and initial adhesion to be around 2 to 5 minutes. The new technology also greatly improves temperature resistance, maintaining stable physical properties in a much wider range from -30°C to 180°C compared with conventional urethane adhesives.
In addition to its excellent dynamic durability, this urethane adhesive demonstrates stable strength and elongation characteristics when the deviation in the mixing ratio of the two components is kept within ±20%. Furthermore, its physical properties can be controlled by changing the mixing ratio, which makes it possible to adjust the physical properties as required by the different materials and/or bonding locations.
Yokohama Rubber launched its Grand Design 2020 (GD2020) three-year medium-term management plan in 2018. Expanding the company’s automotive components business is one of the initiatives being undertaken under the plan’s MB segment strategy to “Allocate resources on a priority basis to business fields of strength.” The company will continue to test this new technology and aims to use it to commercialise next-generation industrial adhesives.
Magneti Marelli’s technologies improve communication between the vehicle, its occupants and the surrounding environment, increasing safety. The company presented solutions like Smart Corner; powerful perception technology; digital light processing (DLP) technology, including the world’s first 1.3 million pixel production headlamp; seamlessly integrated connected vehicle technology; advanced lighting solutions; and holistic human machine interface (HMI) technology.
Magneti Marelli’s third generation Smart Corner represents the progress the company has made in developing this flexible platform. Smart Corner integrates autonomous sensors into headlamps and tail lamps to provide OEMs with the required functionality for autonomous driving, while maintaining styling aesthetics and world-class lighting performance.
It can accommodate any sensor an OEM may choose to deploy, including LiDAR, radar, cameras, or ultrasonics, as well as advanced, LED-based lighting features like adaptive driving beam (ADB) and DLP. Smart Corner provides a 360-degree view around the vehicle with redundancy. Because the sensors are integrated into existing headlamps and tail lamps, an OEM benefits from a fully calibrated, plug-and-play solution, resulting in a simplified manufacturing process that is lower cost and lighter weight than alternatives.
Inspired by the modular approach of the Smart Corner, Magneti Marelli will showcase seamlessly integrated connectivity features in a test vehicle. Technology includes active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays embedded in the front grille and rear applique to communicate intent, autonomous signaling, an interactive virtual assistant, audible alerts, and positional advertising using V2X.
The company will also show how it integrates cameras, sensors and perception software to provide driver monitoring functionality. A key feature of Magneti Marelli’s solution is that it requires very little computing power and works without complex hardware. Once a user’s status and mood is determined, the data interfaces with the HMI to dynamically adapt the car’s environment.
Magneti Marelli will exhibit the seamless integration of multiple displays, controls and feedback to serve the driver by delivering information how, when and where they need it. The company’s latest display technology can augment perception, depth and reality, without tapping into valuable dashboard real estate.
Drawing on more than 100 years of innovation in advanced lighting solutions, Magneti Marelli is first to market with DLP, the world’s first 1.3 million pixel production headlamp. DLP creates ideal lighting conditions, and can project images onto the road to communicate with drivers and pedestrians.
Headlamps equipped with ADB can operate in high beam mode nearly 100% of the time, providing maximum light output. By combining laser and LED light sources, the company’s latest generation laser headlamps have a high beam range of more than 600 metres.
At the same time, “IFP-R3” is predestined for the manufacture of large components with high acoustic performance which makes the parts particularly suitable for use in sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
To support automobile manufacturers in the production of lighter, quieter and more fuel-efficient vehicles, Autoneum has optimised its process for the fabrication of lightweight inner dashes and floor insulators. The fully automated “IFP-R3” production system is based on the Rotating Injection Fibre process developed by Autoneum. The basic material, a felt-fiber blend, is continuously injected into a component mold located in a rotating drum to create stable in-termediate products which are subsequently converted into acoustic components.
Compared to the previous model, the “IFP-R3” line has two additional feeding systems for the felt-fibre blend that allow a significantly higher production output while simultaneously reducing manufacturing time by 50%. Thanks to the line expansion, large felt mats can be processed into inner dashes and floor insulators that are particularly suitable for all-terrain vehicles and SUVs. With this system,
Autoneum is making a decisive contribution to the weight and noise reduction of these globally sought-after vehicle models. As a result of the system adjustment, Autoneum also achieves a better environmental performance of the production process, as fewer fiber scrap is generated and can additionally be reused in the component production.
“IFP-R3” is already operational in various plants of Autoneum and the joint venture company UGN in North America and will in future be implemented at other Autoneum sites in Europe and China.
With this new move, Seat has become the first car manufacturer to join this pioneering network of over 70 major businesses and institutions. The company aims to test and further progress the development of blockchain technology and encourage synergies with other participating companies.
Blockchain technology has been around since 2009 and represents an evolution with respect to the networked communications we know today. Easy accessibility to information, which is increasingly instantaneous, sometimes leads to unreliable data, diminished security and insufficient verification of those involved in the communication processes with external suppliers. In this sense, the aim of this technology is to transform industries by generating an exchange of goods and services without the need to include third parties, and therefore enhance procedural security.
Seat President Luca de Meo said, “Being a part of the Alastria network opens up new possibilities for developing services and products with complete confidence and security. We are the first carmaker to join this ecosystem which comprises the country’s major companies. We are convinced of the importance that blockchain technology will have in the future, and for this reason we want to be involved from the outset.”
The aim of Seat’s move to join the Alastria network is to enable several company divisions to have a first contact with blockchain technology and learn about the possible benefits that this knowledge can bring to different areas. More specifically, production will be the first department to reinforce the development of this technology, with the main goal of studying the potential advances of Industry 4.0. Another area where Seat wants to put blockchain solutions to work is finance, beginning with testing new initiatives to improve standard procedures.
Seat joining the Alastria network is another example of bringing this technology closer to the company. In this sense, it has already taken its first steps in applying blockchain in its processes. For example, in collaboration with Telefónica, the company is working on a blockchain-based proof of concept to improve the traceability of parts in the Martorell factory’s supply chain.
As the company that invests the most in R&D in Spain, Seat is adapting its processes to the digital transformation that the automotive industry is undergoing. The company is developing and implementing digital solutions aimed at car production that will enable it to be more efficient, flexible, agile and digital.
Faurecia’s objective is to better assess the human impact of its technologies for predictive and personalised use cases inside the cockpit
“Through its expertise in gathering relevant data on vehicle occupants under real conditions, ESP Consulting will give Faurecia a credible scientific platform and greater insight into human factors. This will enable us to offer innovative wellness solutions designed primarily to improve postural comfort, diminish fatigue, reduce stress and eliminate motion sickness,” said David Degrange, Vice President Cockpit of the future Faurecia.
Jean-Bernard Fabre, Founder and CEO of ESP Consulting, said, “The partnership with Faurecia is an incredible growth accelerator, which will allow us to expand our laboratory and facilitate our international deployment. This strategy will involve the construction of two very high-tech spaces: the biosensor-based driving simulator, fruit of our partnerships with racing teams and an environmental chamber, a very unique device for studying human behaviour in a specific climatic situations.”
Faurecia Ventures invests in up-and-coming companies that have the capacity to strengthen the Group’s innovation strategy by identifying, incubating and investing in startups with relevant technologies for the Cockpit of the Future and Sustainable Mobility.
The mobility door prototype, currently being tested on a Range Rover Sport, uses motion sensors and existing keyless entry technology to detect the driver as they walk towards the vehicle before automatically opening the door to welcome them like an invisible valet.
The technology could help disabled people for whom a car is their main mode of transport, as many as a third of whom report practical difficulties in their daily usage. In addition, it has benefits for those carrying child seats or large items as the driver no longer has to struggle to free a hand to open the door.
Once on board, occupants can close the mobility door with an overhead button, without the need to reach out and pull the door shut. Software built into the infotainment system shows the status of each door and allows operation of the driver and passenger doors from inside the cabin.
Radar sensors on the driver’s door detect lamp posts or other obstacles to stop the door swinging open and bumping into objects. The door can also be programmed to close and lock behind you as you walk away.
Jaguar Land Rover is working with a gold medal-winning Invictus athlete to trial the system. Former Royal Marine Commando Mark Ormrod is Britain’s first triple amputee from the Afghanistan conflict.
Mark said: “This innovative Jaguar Land Rover technology would be such a benefit to me and has real power to change lives for those who face problems getting in and out of the car. Opening and closing the car door may seem like such an insignificant task to many people but sometimes it’s the small, everyday obstacles which people take for granted that are most frustrating to overcome for those living with disabilities.”
Jaguar Land Rover research engineers developed the system on a laboratory rig over six months before testing it on a Range Rover Sport. As well as helping disabled people, they also see the technology as relevant to all future vehicles.
Xu Zhou, Deep Learning Technical Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The mobility door is an exciting piece of technology that offers a real-world value to our customers. There’s also something very welcoming about the door opening on your approach – something we think will be greatly valued as we become more familiar with shared mobility.”
Digital cockpits are rapidly becoming one of the most integral and attractive elements of the connected and autonomous vehicles of tomorrow. Consisting of digital instrument clusters, heads-up displays, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems and rear-seat entertainment systems, the digital cockpit enables a highly immersive digital driver experience.
However, the many screens and inputs that comprise the digital cockpit present a software development challenge for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as maintaining a cohesive user experience is difficult at best. In addition, OEMs must meet functional safety standards tied to the digital cockpit.
To meet and overcome these digital cockpit development challenges, Parrot selected Qt’s cross-platform software development framework. The Qt device creation framework and toolchain allows fast iterative development from designers’ vision to target implementation. Qt was selected for the project because of its state of the art cluster capabilities, developer friendliness, rich functionality for multi-OS integration, as well as its broad usage among developer communities.
The Advanced Cockpit Server is a full-fledged digital cockpit system running one of the latest version of Android and Qt with a complete feature set: analog & digital radio, navigation, hands-free telephony, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, connected services, multimedia content and a very wide range of apps. The Advanced Cockpit Server is open, scalable and can be easily upgraded wirelessly.
“The Qt framework enables us to achieve an important milestone in the development of our in-vehicle infotainment platform. We are glad to report that our first Advanced Cockpit Server will start production in the second half of 2019 for a premium European carmaker” says Frédéric BIÉRI, Sales & Marketing Director of Parrot Faurecia Automotive.
“We are delighted to see Qt usage broadening in automotive cockpits. In addition to IVI systems and Qt based digital cockpits, we now also see a system with Qt as a cluster technology”, comments the Head of Automotive Tero Marjamäki from The Qt Company.