Automatically adapting temperature to each passenger’s needs

Industry

Automotive

Market

Worldwide

Turnover

18,6 billions € (2017)

Number of employees

111 600

Objectives :

  • Increase the autonomy of electric cars by saving energy
  • Enhance customer experience with individualized thermal control.

About Valeo

Created in 1923, Valeo is a multinational automotive supplier based in France, providing a wide range of products. The Group also provides and distributes spare parts for automakers and independent aftermarket operators. Present in 33 countries, Valeo generated a turnover of 18,6 billion euros in 2017 and counts 11 600 employees allocated in 184 production sites and 55 R&D centers.
With Innovation as its core value, Valeo is developing new technology solution for intuitive driving and reducing CO2 emissions: they have spent 1.9 billions euros in R&D expenditures in 2017.

Context

The race between traditional car manufacturers and high-tech giants to put the first autonomous vehicle on the road has created a strong impetus to re-imagine life on board. Among these companies, the automotive manufacturer Valeo stands out by taking up the challenge of an individualized experience within a collective space. It focuses on Ambient Intelligence, and develops a series of technologies that will allow them to better understand users in order to anticipate their needs and improve their experience.

Challenge

Valeo wants to develop an individualized thermal control system within the cockpit. This system automatically adjusts the temperature according to each passenger’s specific needs.

Solution

To do so, smart sensors within the car capture information on the passengers. One of these sensors is an infrared camera. Thanks to deepomatic, Valeo’s Thermal System Team created a system capable of analyzing the gender and layers of clothing of the passengers. Because of connectivity and security constraints, the resulting artificial intelligence system has to be deployed locally. As deep-learning technology requires a lot of computing power, engineers at deepomatic adapted the image recognition models so that they could function directly in the car without access to the cloud and on restricted power hardware.

Results

At CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in January 2018 in Las Vegas, Valeo showcased their concept-car, referred to as “Smart Cocoon”, displaying several innovations in its cockpit including their new individualized thermal control system.