Delphi Teams with Volvo on New Active Safety System for Next Generation S60 Sedan
New Active Safety System Includes Autonomous Braking with Full Braking Power to Help Protect Vehicles and Pedestrians
TROY, Mich. — Delphi Corporation (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) announced that it is providing vital sensor technology for the next generation Volvo S60, planned for a mid-2010 debut. The safety enhancements on the new S60 sedan take active safety to the next level with features like Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control and a Collision Warning and Mitigation system with full automatic braking power that not only detects moving and stationary vehicles but pedestrians as well. The system warns the driver of an imminent collision and automatically brakes the vehicle if the driver is not able. A concept of the S60 was recently shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and is currently being shown at the Geneva Motor Show.
At the heart of the Volvo S60’s new active safety system is Delphi’s radar and vision system. Delphi provides the sophisticated camera, vision control module and radar sensor. The company teams with Mobileye N.V. on the vision processor and certain vision algorithms. Unlike most competitive systems that limit braking power to 50 percent, the new Volvo system uses input from the Delphi vision and radar sensors to allow full automatic braking power when it estimates a high risk for collision with a pedestrian or a vehicle.
“We work with manufacturers during the early development of vehicles to provide the engineering support necessary to seamlessly integrate our sensor systems into their vehicles,” said Michael Thoeny, director of North American engineering for the Delphi Safety Product Business Unit. “This collaboration, coupled with our cutting-edge technologies, has led to the ground-breaking products that give our customers a competitive advantage of enhanced safety on their vehicles.”
The Delphi radar and vision systems use unique data fusion algorithms that combine the inputs from radar and vision sensors to enhance functionality and increase road safety. Visual and audible warnings are provided to the driver if the Volvo active safety system estimates a high risk for a collision as the vehicle approaches a pedestrian, a moving vehicle or one that is stationary. If the driver doesn’t react to the warnings, the system will automatically apply the brakes to avoid or considerably reduce the effect of the collision.
Delphi’s innovative Electronically Scanning Radar (ESR) is a key part of the system. It provides excellent performance and a unique multimode capability that optimizes multiple collision warning functions. The ESR uses a narrow field-of-view, long-range mode to detect and track targets up to 200m ahead and a wide field-of-view, medium-range mode that simultaneously detects pedestrians and other targets at ranges of up to 60m ahead of the vehicle. Data update rates and accuracy are improved with Delphi’s proprietary radar waveform and increased processing power, and the elimination of all moving parts results in a high degree of reliability and robustness. ESR will launch on multiple vehicles in North America and the S60 in 2010.
The multi-function Delphi camera system is also used by Volvo’s Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert Control. Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with an audible warning when the vehicle is about to drift out of its respective lane. Driver Alert Control is designed to warn drivers that are about to fall asleep while driving, by analyzing the driving behavior.
Delphi is a leading global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems, including safety, powertrain, steering, thermal, and controls & security systems, electrical/ electronic architecture, and in-car entertainment technologies. Additional Delphi content on the Volvo S60 includes an integrated audio and mobile TV system, advanced reception system, body computer, immobilizer, electrical/electronic distribution systems, electrical centers and connection systems, shock absorbers and evaporative emissions technology.
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