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Delphi RACam Wins Equipe Prize for Automotive Innovation

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Delphi RACamRACam, an integrated radar and camera system for vehicles manufactured by Delphi, has been given a special jury prize at the 2011 International Awards for Automotive Innovation at the Equipe Auto show in Paris, France.

An Equipe press release announcing the special jury prize describes the RACam as:

… a single integrated sensor module that combines an electronically scanning radar (ESR) for frontal detection with a camera for lateral detection and a technology that merges the data from the two sources. The result is a broader application of active safety technologies and lower installation and repair costs in the event of a frontal impact.

RACam, which was chosen for the prize by a group of 80 journalists from 30 countries, is considerably less expensive and complicated than non-integrated systems, Abhishek Chaliha reports in Zigwheels. The product’s name comes from the concept of integrating radar and camera systems with the vehicle’s onboard sensors to predict potential accidents when the vehicle detects an obstacle in the road. Delphi’s new auto safety device has “enough computing power to embarrass a small IT firm, all crammed into a compact module,” Chaliha writes.

RACam’s small module contains an array of advanced driver assistance systems, including full-speed adaptive speed control, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and autonomous braking which stops the vehicle if the driver fails to react to road obstacles. The RACam is designed to fit behind a car’s rearview mirror to prevent it from being damaged if there should be a frontal impact collision, thus reducing the cost of repairing the module.

Delphi’s award-winning device makes it possible for vehicle manufacturers to “eliminate the expense of multiple safety sensors and still offer the benefits of consumer-desired driver assistance systems,” said Diedrich von Behr, managing director of Delphi Europe’s Electronic Controls product business unit. Delphi’s RACam was highlighted at the Frankfurt motor show in mid-September and is expected to be on the roads in 2014.

“Automotive products are becoming part of a broader, more complex mobility offer. It is the exhibition’s job to interpret these new trends and give industry professionals the tools to enable them to anticipate the changes ahead”, said Claude Cham, president of Equipe Auto.

More than 100,000 people attended Equipe Auto 2011, with more than 30,000 of them coming from outside of France, from the European Union, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, and other regions. They participated in such events as workshop sessions, the Coachwork discussion, the Technical Inspection/MOT area, the Further Education conference, the GreenTech Electromobility Forum, and the Round Table discussions of the Aftermarket Forum. Equipe Auto was held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre between Tuesday, October 11, and Saturday, October 15.

Image by Delphi, used under Fair Use: Reporting.


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