Featured in the booth is the GAC Aion LX, one of the latest vehicles to adopt AutoGrade Gorilla Glass with Corning ColdForm Technology, taking important industry innovations from concept to reality.
“Since CES 2019, when we announced the industry’s first AutoGrade solutions for more integrated auto interior displays meeting stringent industry standards, we’ve made significant business investments in technology, commercialization, and capacity, including our new manufacturing facility in Hefei, China,” said Mike Kunigonis, Vice President and General Manager, Corning Automotive Glass Solutions. “At CES this year, we’re excited to showcase the results of these advancements in commercially available applications, such as the Aion LX, which features our newest technical glass product and process solutions.”
“The Aion LX’s curved interior display is an outstanding application of Corning’s patented ColdForm Technology, which is enabling a more immersive experience for drivers by providing the smartphone-like touch sensitivity they’re accustomed to. In fact, the Aion LX’s ADiGo Space – GAC’s first-of-its-kind curved dual-display module – boasts the largest interior display system with anti-reflective and decorative cover glass technologies designed into a vehicle today,” Kunigonis said.
“GAC’s ADiGo Space is just one example of how we are making more innovative auto interior display designs possible while also delivering advanced manufacturing capabilities to our customers. The pace of adoption of our auto glass technologies is ever-increasing, as we collaborate across the automotive supply chain with companies including LGE, Visteon, BOE, and VIA Optronics to bring more innovative in-car solutions to market,” Kunigonis added.
Corning’s CES showcase features advanced glass solutions enabling the latest trends in the mobile consumer electronics, display and automotive industries.
Nexteer’s latest addition to its global footprint further enables the Company to globalise its engineering expertise, enhance local technical support and capitalise on emerging market growth opportunities in Asia Pacific.
The grand opening ceremony was attended by Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee, Party Secretary of CPC SIP Working Committee, Mr. Wu Qingwen, Member of CPC SIP Working Committee, Vice Chairman of SIP Administrative Committee, Ms. Liu Hua, Deputy Secretary of SIP High-end Manufacturing and International Trade Zone Working Committee, Deputy Director of SIP High-end Manufacturing and International Trade Zone Administrative Committee, Mr. Meng Hong, as well as Guibin Zhao, Chief Executive Officer, Nexteer Automotive; and Robin Milavec, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, Nexteer Automotive.
“Relentless innovation and customer responsiveness have been in Nexteer’s DNA since our beginning more than 110 years ago and drives the purpose of our new, state-of-the-art Asia Pacific Technical Centre,” said Milavec. “Nexteer’s Asia Pacific Technical Center expands our global engineering expertise, enhances our local customer support and facilitates our growth in emerging markets, especially China.”
The new Nexteer Asia Pacific Technical Centre covers an area of more than 30,000 square metres, including 19,000 square metres of office buildings, 12,800 square metres of research and development (R&D) labs and 1,500 square metres of test tracks. Together, these capabilities provide in-house ownership of a systematic and comprehensive engineering processes in one site: from prototyping to testing, from mechanical design to software design, from test track to global manufacturing footprint in close proximity to Nexteer’s customers. The technical centre will also serve as the headquarters of Nexteer’s Asia Pacific Division, housing corporate functions such as sales, purchasing, finance and more.
“As a leader in intuitive motion control, Nexteer leverages our strengths in advanced steering and driveline systems to tailor solutions for our customers all over the world,” said Zhao. “The Asia Pacific Technical Centre is an important part of Nexteer’s global engineering footprint strategy and serves as the hub for our Column-assist Electric Power Steering product line. This new Asia Pacific Technical Center further expands the globalisation of our engineering expertise and drives efficiencies both locally and globally.”
On a production area of 7,000 square metres, the series production of control units for sunroofs was initially started there at the end of last year. The production of components for lighting electronics will follow in just a few months. Subsequently, the production portfolio is to be gradually expanded to include additional products from the areas of energy management and driver assistance. The corresponding expertise is already being developed.
Initially, the customers of HELLA BHAP Electronics are mainly companies of the BAIC Group. Subsequently, the customer base shall be expanded to both the Chinese and global market. The joint venture currently has around 65 employees; this number is to be continuously increased in the course of further expansion stages.
Xu Xiaojiang, Executive Vice President of BHAP said at the opening ceremony: "Against the backdrop of industry change, innovative thinking and a sincere cooperation with partners are key levers for the successful further development of automotive companies. BHAP will therefore continue to deepen its cooperation with HELLA and bring the resulting synergies into the joint electronics joint venture. In this way, we will strengthen its performance both in the Chinese and the global market for mutual benefit and jointly shape the mobility of the future."
Jörg Brandscheid, who is responsible for HELLA's electronics business in China, added: "The strength of the HELLA BHAP Electronics joint venture is not least rooted in the combination of technological expertise and direct market access. This results in a win-win situation for all partners involved. As HELLA, we are thus strengthening our presence in the Chinese market, in accordance with our strategy: in China, for China."
HELLA has been present in China for almost three decades. The company is currently represented there with 16 companies (including five joint ventures) and employs over 5,500 people. In the fiscal year 2018/2019, HELLA generated sales of over €800 million ($888 million) in China.
Goodyear Ventures will continue and expand Goodyear’s growing relationships in new mobility, with a focus on partnering and investing in startups with a shared vision of sustainable, safe and new mobility experiences that make life’s connections easier every day.
Goodyear’s Chairman, CEO and President Richard J. Kramer said, “Goodyear is a technology-driven mobility company that seeks out and partners with other mobility thought leaders ranging from small startups to proven business models. Goodyear Ventures will take this effort to the next level to engage and shape how people move in the future.”
Goodyear Ventures will focus on eight themes shaping mobility including electric and autonomous technologies, connected mobility solutions, next-generation public mobility, next-generation aviation mobility, future transportation infrastructure, future maintenance and operations, emerging technologies and new tyre materials
In addition to capital, Goodyear Ventures’ portfolio companies will have the opportunity to learn and grow with Goodyear through its extensive technology and innovation resources, vast vehicle service network, and global manufacturing and product development footprint.
Founded in 1961, ICR is based in Italy and manufactures automotive refinish products, including putties, primers, basecoats and clear coats under the SPRINT brand. The company also makes a complete range of coatings, enamels and primers for light commercial vehicles and other light industrial coatings applications. ICR employs approximately 180 people and sells its products in more than 70 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the United States and Latin America.
“PPG’s acquisition of ICR will complement our current product offering for the automotive refinish and light industrial coatings industries and add specialised, value-added products that address the needs of distributors and body shops,” said Gary Danowski, PPG Vice President, Global Automotive Refinish. “We look forward to continuing to deliver the trusted products and services upon which ICR customers have come to rely, and we are very excited to welcome ICR employees to PPG.”
This new, patent-pending high-dynamic range (HDR) display technology offers high contrast and brightness and wide color gamut that enables automotive displays to achieve parity with consumer mobile devices with life-like imaging capability.
Designed to accelerate the development and commercialisation of more energy-efficient, cost-effective digital display solutions, microZone is considered the first automotive display to offer superior optical performance without sacrificing automotive reliability. Since it is based on mature LCD technology, it passes rigorous automotive qualification requirements without susceptibility to burn-in.
"Next-generation automotive cockpit displays need optical performance that is competitive with mobile devices that consumers have come to expect. MicroZone is the first display technology that offers premium optical performance at a competitive price point for automakers, without sacrificing reliability or life-span. In that sense, microZone is an effective alternative to OLED for automakers," said Sachin Lawande, President and CEO, Visteon.
Today’s automotive displays achieve 75-85% of the NTSC (National Television System Committee) colour space. MicroZone can render more saturated colours, up to 110% NTSC. A wider colour gamut enables microZone technology to reproduce a greater range of the visible colour spectrum, and is compliant with the DCI-P3 color standard for HD.
Legacy LCD contrast ratio maxes out at approximately 1,500:1, and black is never really black. The microZone contrast ratio is at least 100,000:1, which is about 65-70 times higher than a typical LCD screen.
With OLED technology, displays max out at approximately 600 candelas per square metre (brightness level). By comparison, microZone can achieve brightness comparable to a traditional LCD technology.
MicroZone can meet these performance targets at a power consumption on par with traditional LCD technology due to key enabling innovations developed in-house at Visteon.
"MicroZone surpasses traditional display technologies across several critical categories, including color gamut, contrast and brightness levels. This is especially important as vehicle manufacturers look for new ways to reduce power consumption in the cockpit without compromising color contrast, quality and brightness," said Qais Sharif, Vice President, Display Product Line, Visteon.
XenomatiX will provide Marelli’s Automotive Lighting division, with its true “solid state LiDAR” modules for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) applications. Marelli’s Automotive Lighting Division and XenomatiX will combine competencies and technologies to offer modular LiDAR system solutions to meet future global automotive needs, also leveraging the Artificial Intelligence (AI) perception technology derived from “Smart Me Up”, the French start-up acquired by Marelli in 2018.
LiDAR sensors are widely recognised in the automotive field for ADAS and AD applications. Applications such as lane change assist, highway pilot, or traffic jam assist will strongly rely on LiDAR systems. XenomatiX, with its true “solid state LiDAR” sensor, brings to the market a unique product based on proven semiconductor technology, designed for mass production.
Thanks to its distinctive features, the true solid state and multi-beam LiDAR technology developed by XenomatiX and Marelli’s Automotive Lighting division will provide high reliability and long range coverage, crucial to enable a variety of ADAS functions.
XenomatiX LiDAR is known for its high resolution, reliability and durability. Completely different from other LiDAR offerings, XenomatiX uses non-scanning LiDAR. The company’s XenoTrack and XenoLidar product lines already impressed many Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs, making XenomatiX a solid and experienced player in the LiDAR market.
“Marelli is glad to start this collaboration with a high-tech added value partner like XenomatiX,” said Sylvain Dubois, CEO of Marelli’s Automotive Lighting division. “Our objective is to support our customers in enabling a crucial set of functions in the ADAS and AD field thanks to the true solid state LiDAR technology of XenomatiX.”
Marelli Automotive Lighting’s long-standing systems integration, optical, electronics and software capabilities will perfectly complement XenomatiX state-of-the-art LiDAR components technology – either in a standalone form or as part of larger front and/or rear modules.
Leveraging its investments in perception technology, Marelli will be able to add object recognition and classification capabilities, based on AI, to the LiDAR systems built with XenomatiX components to support global OE customers on their journey towards making mobility more convenient and safe.
“Marelli is a leading automotive supplier with the right competencies to develop modular LiDAR solutions fulfilling different Automotive OEM needs, integrating them into larger systems, based on the True Solid State LiDAR technology we designed for the automotive market,” stated Filip Geuens, CEO of XenomatiX. “Marelli`s long-standing experience in the automotive field and with the 3D sensors is key to this partnership.”
Marelli’s Automotive Lighting division holds a leading position at key OEMs worldwide and an associated footprint, which will be a key enabler for a full-scale deployment of these solutions in the coming years. The novel modular approach XenomatiX is taking for LiDAR sensors will serve multiple applications with flexibility, while optimizing R&D effort.
Marelli has strengthened its competence in the ADAS/AD domain with the introduction of the Smart Corner, a solution integrating sensors for autonomous driving within vehicle headlamps and tail lamps, while maintaining attractive styling and world-class lighting performance. The Smart Corner has been named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honouree in the vehicle intelligence and self-driving technology category.
By providing a single-chip radar sensor, Vayyar will contribute to the safer functionality and advanced control that Aisin Seiki aims for.
The collaboration will combine AISIN's in-vehicle system expertise with Vayyar's 4D high-resolution short-range radar to develop exterior sensing capabilities for vehicles, such as blind spot detection for low-speed driving support.
"Our MIMO 4D SRR offers a high-resolution Point Cloud with wide field-of-view (FOV), resilience to harsh weather conditions and the ability to cope with semi-transparent materials—all at a very affordable price," said Ian Podkamien, Director of Automotive Business Development at Vayyar. "We are thrilled to collaborate with AISIN, a giant in the automotive ecosystem, and look forward to bringing together innovative exterior sensing solutions for the automotive industry."
The demonstrator features the new Elmos IC E522.95. This multichannel LED controller for exterior lighting with advanced network interface capabilities allows direct control of LED lamps. Equipped with a 2Mbps CAN FD protocol and a CAN FD physical interface, the E522.95 can be connected directly to the Body Control Unit (BCM) via the car in-vehicle network – therefore local lighting control units are no longer needed.
This product was launched in cooperation with Audi AG. Samples of the E522.95 are available. The demonstrator shows features like Coming/Leaving home scenarios, dynamic turn indicator and many other next generation scenarios.
Developed fully according to the ISO26262 Functional Safety development process, the E522.95 offers a full suite of diagnosis features that ensure reliable system operation of LED drivers and enable achieving ASIL-B ratings at system level. The 16 channel E522.95 LED controller has a maximum output current of 100mA per channel and supports Elmos’ patented power management methodology ensuring a constant light intensity of the LEDs even under difficult thermal conditions. The E522.95 is offered in a QFN40 package with an exposed die pad.
In addition, P2i’s approach can substantially lessen the environmental impact of automotive manufacturers' activities by increasing product lifespan while eliminating hazardous chemicals, and reducing electrical waste and landfill.
Ady Moores, P2i’s CEO, said: “This is a step-change for the industry. P2i’s approach will substantially lessen the environmental impact of automotive manufacturing activity by eliminating halogens from the manufacturing process. This also aligns to the stated goals set out by Greenpeace in its ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ report.”
P2i’s Halogen Free Barrier Coatings are an innovative nano-coating solution, which continues to provide industry-leading liquid protection and dramatically improve reliability on all printed circuit boards, with a fully-integrated and proven manufacturing process.
The P2i Halogen-Free Barrier is available in three different variants; Halogen-Free Barrier Lite to provide a board level IPx4 solution: Halogen-Free Barrier to provide IPx4 + short immersion and Halogen-Free Barrier Max to help achieve up to IPx8 device level protection.
Moores added: “P2i is thrilled to announce these new Halogen-Free Barrier Products. This is the ideal sustainable liquid protection solution for electronics across a wide range of industries, and it will have a key role to play in helping automotive manufacturers achieve their environmental impact and sustainability goals.”
“Digital technologies are driving smart and autonomous mobility,” said Dr. Dirk Abendroth, Chief Technology Officer (CTO). “At CES, we will demonstrate how we are shaping the future and how we are creating a wow-factor in mobility in the areas of software, high-performance computing, safety, user-experience and connectivity.”
Continental’s “transparent hood” function is first to market globally. Displaying the area beneath the hood, it enables the driver to see terrain and obstacles that would otherwise not be visible. The transparent hood is based on Continental’s Surround View system, which consists of four satellite cameras and an electronic control unit. An intelligent image processing algorithm reconstructs the image below the vehicle and inserts this image exactly into the view displayed to the driver. Continental received the CES 2020 Innovation Award for this innovative technology.
Continental is working with partners to integrate ultra-wideband (UWB) technology into future vehicles to make keyless vehicle operation more secure and convenient. When integrated into smartphones, UWB technology can enable new functions, such as secure passive entry or parking vehicles remotely. UWB will complement the existing short-distance radio standards in keyless vehicle access.
The technology company has played a leading role in developing the basis of the UWB wireless standard in relation to vehicle access in the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) with key members including BMW and Apple and looks forward to working with more automakers to integrate the technology into future vehicles. The CCC is working on standardizing the use of UWB and digital keys in general to enable their use for all smartphone operating systems and models.
UWB makes keyless vehicle access more secure by preventing unauthorised access via relay (man-in-the-middle) attacks. In this theft strategy, the radio signal of the vehicle key is extended by radio technology in order to make the vehicle appear to be in close proximity to the driver. But the driver’s location is pinpointed almost to the centimeter using UWB communication. This information is used to control access.
Introduced in 2019, the 3D Lightfield technology that powers the Natural 3D Centerstack display enables all passengers in the vehicle to enjoy a 3D experience without special glasses or head tracker cameras. Continental will demonstrate the next generation of the Natural 3D Centerstack display, bringing the technology to the center of the cockpit as a key element of human-machine interaction for the first time. The Natural 3D Centerstack display also offers drivers and passengers a touch function. Three-dimensional highlighting, accentuation and complex lighting effects convey information conveniently and safely.
Now Continental and its partner Leia are also integrating the technology into the centre console display and for the first time in 4K resolution. In addition, the optimised display board can be operated by touch and provides haptic feedback, which further increases convenience and operating safety.
The importance of software for vehicles is growing rapidly. This development often poses challenges for automobile manufacturers who have to integrate the exponentially growing amount of software into future vehicle generations. To significantly reduce this effort and increase the quality of the software to be integrated, Continental has developed an online platform that automates and standardises software development and integration in the vehicle.
The Continental Cooperation Portal automates the back-and-forth between software delivery, testing and validation, as well as restoring data for all software suppliers in the event of errors. This ensures that only error-free applications are transferred to the actual development system. Up until that point, the online platform will reduce the need for correction loops and free up capacity for implementing other electronic control unit functions. As a system integrator, Continental enables the development of digitally connected vehicles with an electronic architecture that focuses on high-performance computers (HPC) and reduces the importance of classic electronic control units, sensors and actuators.
At CES 2020, Continental will showcase a new cooperation for its loudspeaker-free audio system, which fills vehicles with lifelike three-dimensional sound. The cooperation combines two premium audio concepts. The innovative Ac2ated Sound concept eliminates the need for conventional speakers, instead causing existing surfaces in the vehicle to vibrate.
Vehicle networking comes with a huge responsibility for the entire automotive industry. That is why the specialists from Continental’s subsidiary Argus Cyber Security have joined forces with the experts from T-Systems to present their first Automotive Security Operations Center (SOC) at CES 2020. In this Automotive SOC, vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators can continuously monitor the IT security of their vehicles on the road, detect attacks and react as quickly as possible.
The new Contact Sensor System (CoSSy) detects contact between a vehicle and a person or object at cutting speed. CoSSy helps to make applications like automated parking safer. The recording of sound signals by CoSSy can be used to detect a collision impact at low speeds so that the vehicle can be stopped immediately. Once installed, the CoSSy sensor signals can support many other applications, such as detection of vandalism (scratching), slow parking knocks, recognition of the road condition, driver identification by voice and detection of approaching emergency vehicles.