Auto parts makers aim to tap automated driving potential

Updated 2017-04-21 12:01:01 Shanghai Daily

Auto parts makers are displaying automated driving technologies and other advanced services such as seat design at the Auto Shanghai 2017 show as they aim to tap the trend of automated driving in China's market.

"As the world's largest automotive market, China is also an important market for automated driving technologies," said Rolf Bulander, chairman of mobility solutions business sector of Bosch.

Bosch said it will cooperate with AutoNavi, Baidu and NavInfo — three leading high-definition map providers — in automated driving technology. The partners aim to jointly launch an accurate map service called "Bosch Road Signature" for automated driving in China. The service will combine high-definition maps with Bosch's advanced camera and radar sensors.

Valeo, a French auto parts maker, presented automated driving solutions by bringing two analysis and artificial intelligence systems at the show. The company hopes these systems will better serve the automated vehicle market and offer new mobility services in China.

Continental, a German auto parts supplier, debuted globally its camera-cleaning system for automated driving vehicles. Cleaning dirt off camera lenses is important for automated vehicles which have to continuously acquire and interpret data of its surroundings to ensure safe driving, the company said.

Adient, which separated from Johnson Controls last year, is developing seats with carmakers for autonomous vehicles in China. The company hopes the seats will be ready for production and be applied in vehicles by 2020. Adient showcased such seats for autonomous vehicles at the show.

"As automated driving technology advances, the interior design will become the focus for consumers," said Richard Chung, vice president of global innovation department of Adient. "Interior features will be more important as people will spend more time in automated vehicles. It is not a driver-centric but a rider-centric driving experience for automated driving in the future."

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