Valeo’s Cruise4U partially automated car, previously demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas in January 2016, set off from San Francisco on a 13,000-mile road trip around the US that is scheduled to conclude back in San Francisco on 15 September.
In partially automated driving mode, the trip will include stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York, Miami, San Antonio and San Diego. The vehicle will travel both day and night in real traffic conditions.
Valeo Cruise4U lets drivers experience the comfort and convenience of being driven, on the highway in normal or traffic jam situations. When conditions allow, the driver can decide to either control the vehicle manually or monitor as Valeo Cruise4U manages steering, accelerating and braking.
The Valeo SCALA laser scanner, the product of a partnership with ibeo, is the key enabler in the Cruise4U system. The SCALA laser device scans the area in front of the vehicle and detects vehicles, motorbikes, pedestrians and static obstacles like trees, parked vehicles and guard rails with an extremely high level of accuracy.
The infrared laser (905 nm) SCALA features a field of view (FOV) of 145˚ x 3.2˚ (4 vertical layers of 0.8° each); range of 30 cm - 200m; and resolution of 4cm/0.25˚.
It works during the day and at night, when the car is driving at both high and low speeds. Using the collected data, the scanner creates a map of the environment allowing it to analyze and anticipate events around the vehicle.
On the Hands-Off US Tour, the Valeo SCALA will work with a front-facing camera to scan the environment ahead of the vehicle, detecting any obstacles with precision, and four corner radars that enable safe lane changing.