The partnership is the latest example of Volvo Cars’ leading position in safety development and its ambition to improve road safety for all through a collaboration and knowledge-sharing approach.
Accidents between bikes and vehicles can often lead to serious injury or death, which is why Volvo Cars has a clear strategy to avoid these types of accidents completely with the help of active safety technologies.
Cyclist detection with full auto brake uses the car’s cameras and radars to detect cyclists, warn the driver of an imminent collision and apply the brakes if further action is needed. It is a development of Volvo Cars’ automatic emergency braking and pedestrian-detection systems, in line with its safety vision.
The Volvo-POC research project consists of a number of specially designed crash tests at the famous Volvo Cars safety research facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is part of a wider research project to understand the types of long-term injuries sustained by cyclists.
During these tests, POC bike helmets are worn by crash dummy heads mounted on a testing rig, from where they are launched towards different areas of the bonnet of a static Volvo car, at different speeds and angles for various measurements.
The tests are based on existing regulatory test procedures for pedestrian head protection. This allows Volvo Cars and POC to make a direct comparison between wearing a helmet and not wearing a helmet.
Current bike helmet testing procedures are fairly rudimentary, involving helmets being dropped from different heights on either a flat or an angled surface, and do not take into account vehicle to bike accidents. The Volvo-POC project aims to further refine and advance such testing.
The learnings from the research project will help POC make its helmets safer and more protective in the event of a car-bike accident, while the tests will also provide valuable insights and learnings for Volvo Cars into these types of accidents for future development.
“This project with POC is a good example of our pioneering spirit in safety,” said Malin Ekholm, Head of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre and one of the company’s leading safety engineers. “We often develop new testing methods for challenging traffic scenarios. Our aim is not only to meet legal requirements or pass rating tests; instead, we go beyond ratings, using real traffic situations to develop technology that further improves safety.”
“Much like Volvo Cars, safety is at the very centre of our mission, and drives all our ideas and innovations,” said Oscar Huss, Head of Product Development at POC. “By working closely with scientific leaders in the POC Lab, we strive to lead the way in introducing new safety ideas. Certification standards are essential, but they should never limit our willingness to look beyond their parameters to find better and more innovative ways to reduce the consequences of accidents.”
In recent years, Volvo Cars has focused on also protecting people outside its cars. For example, Volvo Cars launched its pedestrian detection with full autobrake in 2010 and cyclist detection with full auto brake in 2013. Both technologies come as standard in all Volvo cars as part of the City Safety package and have helped to improve overall traffic safety.
In an earlier collaboration, Volvo Cars and POC worked on a pilot to connect bike helmets with cars in order to help avoid accidents.
Renault and Nissan announced the inauguration of a new facility for the joint innovation lab in Tel Aviv, Atidim Park, which will enable the Alliance to accelerate a unique model of collaboration with Israeli startups and an exclusive partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority.
Known as the Alliance Innovation Lab Tel Aviv, the facility focuses on sensors for autonomous driving, cybersecurity, and big data. The Alliance is currently testing and working on over ten joint prototyping projects with Israeli startups at different stages, among them are: Apollo Power, Argus, AutoTalks, BrightWay Vision, Electreon, Enigmatos, IRP systems, Karamba, Moodify, Saferide and Upstream.
The lab's location in Atidim Park enables it to carry out Proof of Concepts (POCs) in ideal conditions and co-develop prototypes in Tel Aviv's smart city experiment zone. With a surface area of 1600 square meters, the lab provides startups with the space to test technologies with real vehicles, as well as modern office space in a live ecosystem.
With Israel as a global innovation hub, particularly with automotive technology, this new lab is a natural next step for us and will allow the Alliance to leverage the strengths of Israel’s startup ecosystem,” said Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Alliance EVP, Engineering. “Through collaborations with promising local startups with cutting-edge technologies, we aim to develop a variety of key technologies, which will be essential for the future of mobility.
The grand opening ceremony was attended by the lab's partners in Israel: Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Aharon Aharon, the CEO of Israel Innovation Authority, Dr. Shay Sofer, Chief Scientist at Israeli Ministry of Transport, Meital Lehavi, Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo for transportation, construction and infrastructure, Ofir Pines, Head of the Institute for Local Government at Tel Aviv University, the Ambassadors of France, Japan and the European Union to Israel, Sagi Niv, CEO of Atidim Park, Gaby Kaminsky, the Director of CityZone – Tel Aviv's smart city zone, Avi Kenneth, CCO of Carasso Motors – the local Renault and Nissan importer that supports the lab, and other senior executives.
The Alliance delegation included senior stakeholders including Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Alliance EVP, Engineering, Gaspar Gascon Abellan, Deputy Alliance EVP, Engineering, Takao Asami, Alliance SVP, Research and Advanced Engineering, Christian Noske, Direct Investments Director of Alliance Ventures, Sophie Schmidtlin, Alliance Global Director of Advanced Engineering.
The opening of this new facility is a special milestone for us. It is part of the Alliance's growing engagement in the Israeli ecosystem, after setting-up our local innovation lab", said Antoine Basseville, Director of the Alliance Innovation Lab Tel Aviv. “We believe that our new facility, the Alliance partnerships with the IIA (Israel Innovation Authority), with the municipality and university of Tel Aviv, will contribute to create a comprehensive mobility ecosystem in Atidim in a wide array of fields from smart city to our technical fields.
Being a selected operator of the Israel Innovation Authority's "Technological Innovation Labs" program, the lab offers advantageous funding for POCs carried out by Israeli startups focusing on smart mobility.
The lab also works in close cooperation with Alliance Ventures, the Alliance corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion over five years in startups, early-stage technology companies and entrepreneurial talents and has already invested in Maniv Mobility fund in Israel.
An additional partnership for the Alliance lab in Israel is CityZone, an innovation ecosystem for smart city ventures, at Atidim Park, under real-city conditions.
Yellowbrick’s performance is based on an integrated full-stack system of hardware and software including their own database and file storage system. “We see data and analytics as one of the key building blocks for enhanced customer experiences across all industries going forward and Yellowbrick is well positioned to serve this market," said Kasper Sage, Partner, BMW i Ventures. "In particular, the ability to combine both real-time and historical data presents unique opportunities for insights that could support the future development of autonomous driving technologies and better inform IoT sensor data."
A recent IBM study found that 90% of all data has been created in the last two years. Yellowbrick is designed to help companies find new ways to store, analyse and harness massive amounts of data on-premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid of both, so that they can convert pieces of information into powerful insights to inform mission critical real-time decisions.
The new funding will fuel expansion, and drive growth internationally and into new business verticals.
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The innovative hot forming process was developed to offer a step change in aluminium forming across multiple industries, including automotive and aerospace.
The drive to reduce emissions and improve efficiency through lightweighting constantly requires manufacturers to find new solutions. The white paper, titled ‘Hot Form Quench (HFQ) Technology: The new international standard for cost-effective automotive lightweighting using aluminium’, outlines how manufacturers can easily and cost-effectively replace steel or low-gauge aluminium components using HFQ. The process cycle time for HFQ is at least as rapid as alternatives such as boron steel processing, enabling the low-cost, high-volume manufacturing demanded in automotive applications.
The white paper describes the benefits and process of HFQ in detail. It also includes examples and case studies that illustrate how the technology can be applied and what can be achieved: a measurably stronger final component, alongside major savings in weight and cost when compared with other common alternative processes.
“The automotive industry is on a constant mission to improve structural strength, integrity, consistency, durability and safety, all while reducing weight and cost,” explained Jonathan Watkins, CEO of Impression Technologies. “This is a very challenging set of goals that requires constant evolution and quick uptake of new technologies and processes.
“HFQ is a unique, patented process that enables low-cost production of high-strength aluminium parts. The benefits of aluminium in automotive applications are widely known, but there have been concerns around cost, strength and production rate. HFQ addresses these with a high cycle rate and the ability to form deep-drawn and complex shapes from high and ultra-high strength aluminium. It is an ideal process for reducing mass and improving efficiency across all automotive applications, from body in white (BIW) and chassis to EV battery enclosures.
“The technology also allows for integration of aluminium parts, with fewer operations required to achieve equivalent designs. It removes the requirement for reinforcement panels and improved dimension control eliminates the need for springback compensation in tool and part design, easing downstream part assembly operations. HFQ conveniently combines heat treatment and pressing, combining solution heat treatment, forming, in-die quenching and age hardening. It is easy to adopt as it can use existing press and tooling technologies and combines with a single draw operation, HFQ enables a reduced investment entry point."