Delphi Shows Future of Vehicle Electronics at 2006 SAE Convergence Show
October 04, 2006 - TROY, Mich. — Delphi Corporation will showcase some of its advanced technologies that will add new features and functions for future vehicles during the 2006 SAE Convergence conference in Detroit, Oct. 16-18.
Delphi will demonstrate some of its electronic capabilities in entertainment and communication, safety, controls & security, hybrid powertrain, electrical/electronic distribution, connectors and smart electrical centers at booth #100 in Cobo Center, Wayne Hall.
In addition, Jeff Owens, president of Delphi Electronics & Safety division, will participate in the 2006 Convergence Blue Ribbon Panel titled: “Challenges and Opportunities in Supplier and OEM Cooperation in the Field of Embedded Electronic Software Controls.” The Blue Ribbon Panel will convene on Monday, Oct. 16 in the Riverview Ballroom from 10 a.m. to noon.
Delphi Electronics & Safety’s Bob Schumacher, advanced product & business development general director, will chair the technical session titled: “Reinvent Infotainment: Content Services.” (Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Rm. M3-131/132.)
Ken Erickson, Delphi Electronics & Safety vice president, entertainment and communications product business unit, Asia & South America Lead, will present a paper during the session that Schumacher will chair titled: “Vehicle Infotainment Electronics Trends & Opportunities.”
“We are excited to be a part of the 2006 SAE Convergence show,” said Owens. “Having strong capabilities in both mechanical and electronics systems has allowed Delphi to play a major role in the convergence of the two systems and consequent reinvention of the automobile. It has been challenging as well as fun to experience the past three decades of this major upgrade in vehicle transportation.”
Entertainment and Communications
Entertainment and communication in the form of the radio were the primary electronics on the vehicle when the convergence of electronics began, and they are still a huge part of electronics on a vehicle as vehicle makers add rear seat entertainment systems, satellite radios, navigation systems and telematics. Delphi will demonstrate OEM radios with iPod connectivity, HD (High Definition) radio and DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast - Terrestrial). All of these technologies are designed to raise the entertainment satisfaction levels of customers with their vehicles. Delphi will also show low-cost telematics used for tracking cargo and other assets.
Safety systems have come a long way in the past 30 years, and Delphi has invested much of its R&D into this area.
Combining the innovative minds of both mechanical and electronic engineering from industry and government has helped to take safety to higher levels. The trend is now moving past passive systems to include active safety systems. Delphi will demonstrate passive safety systems designed to mitigate injuries as well as active safety systems developed to help prevent accidents. The systems include: low-risk deployment airbags, multifunctional steering wheels, low-cost side alert, resettable seat belt, drowsy/distracted driver and a single integrated camera that provides multiple functions including lane departure warning, rain sensing, headlight control, pedestrian recognition and active night vision.
Controls and Security
Electronics have also made vehicle operation more convenient and added safeguards to prevent theft or tampering through the years. Delphi will showcase its new keyless security system for motorcycles. In addition, Delphi will showcase its new Integrated Instrument panel center stack and a touch less protection system on a minivan.
While electronics have done much to improve powertrain in the last 30 years, many experts believe that the next major breakthrough in transportation will come in this area. As world events and energy continue to be issues impacting transportation, Delphi is investing in technologies to help enable vehicles to handle the future like flexible fuel, hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cells. Delphi will showcase its hybrid electrical propulsion systems and will announce new customers for those systems at Convergence.
Made up of the electrical distribution and electronic components, Delphi’s E/E architecture methodology ensures the optimal selection of vehicle data networks, diagnostics, fault tolerance, physical/functional partitioning, and power and signal distribution. Delphi has competencies spanning across multiple product business units dedicated to this vital expertise, and a manufacturing and engineering footprint to support it in 27 countries across the globe.
Delphi offers over 200,000 different types of connection systems -- everything from lightweight and miniaturized connectors to solutions for advanced hybrid vehicle systems. On display will be the latest connection systems product offerings including press-fit compliant pin technology, USB consumer ports and RF Fakra connections.
Also on display will be Delphi’s electrical distribution units that route signals and ensure proper circuit protection throughout the vehicle. One such technology, the Delphi Battery Disconnect Safety Device, could prevent fires by pyrotechnically disconnecting vehicle batteries from unfused cables in case a short-circuit results from a collision.
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