TROY, Michigan – Delphi Automotive wants car shoppers to become familiar with “vehicle-to-everything” (V2E) technology, a futuristic package of software and hardware that will be showcased at January’s 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
CES is rapidly evolving into the intersection of cars and technology.
Delphi Automotive is getting ready to roll out its vehicle-to-vehicle technology on the Super Cruise system on the 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan. Kicking it up a notch, the supplier will unveil a wide range of V2E technology engineered to eliminate vehicle accidents at the 2016 CES.
Delphi’s new vehicle technology can communicate with streets, signs, traffic lights, other cars and pedestrians.
“We imagine a world with zero traffic accidents,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer, at a Friday media event. “To get there we will need a convergence of active safety, sensor fusion, connectivity platforms and advanced software.”
Highlights of the new V2E technology include a technology that uses a special chip located in a pedestrian’s smartphone to alert the Delphi vehicle to pedestrians who are not paying attention to traffic as they use their phone.
Delphi also tackles the problem of blind corners. The V2E system provides information to the driver when the car approaches streets that intersect at strange angles, thus limiting the ability to see opposing traffic.
Vehicles equipped with the V2E technology can also anticipate red and yellow traffic lights and detect when an adjacent car abruptly decides to get into the same lane.
New ride-sharing technology gives a driver’s friends and family the ability to know a driver’s location so that a ride can be requested.
Delphi also will debut a lidar system that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light. It is more sophisticated than radar.
“Radar can see nearly any object, but it can’t tell if the object is a paper bag or a rock,” Owens said. “Vision systems can read street signs, lane markings, but they have a tough time seeing in direct sunlight, a tough time working in inclement weather or if the camera lenses are dirty.
“Lidar bridges these deficiencies. In many cases, it provides a more complete system.”
Owens expects Delphi to be the first automotive supplier to market a lidar system for mass-production vehicles. Delphi said the lidar system is expected to be on the market by 2019.
The supplier also is working on a “touch-free cockpit” that uses hidden infrared cameras to track eye movement to detect what a driver is looking at and infers what action should be carried out by the infotainment system.
Delphi made headlines earlier this year when a specially outfitted Audi SQ5 SUV completed the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.
Fully automated or self-driving cars are not expected to hit dealerships until around 2020.
Google, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Audi are all working on self-driving vehicles and their components.
The federal government says that connected cars “show great promise” and is promoting the development of self-driving cars.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers get a sneak preview of what to expect at the 2016 CES, courtesy of an automotive supplier at the forefront of new technology.