A recent Valeo test car in Tokyo demonstrated how Scala leaders and the front camera combined with vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity can move autonomously across crowded boulevards, moving between timber trucks and passenger vehicles, navigating on foot.
The system supports Level 4, but operates in Level 2 mode during public testing, and the Valeo engineer is always ready to take control.
The system of self-government had its uncertain moments, usually during negotiations on scenarios that require bending traffic rules – for example, to leave the lane to go around trucks at idle or cyclists. And the steering and braking aren’t always as smooth as it would be done with a human touch.
Valeo engineers say future versions will better address such borderline scenarios. As for the dynamics, the supplier says that the issues of acceleration and steering – for the manufacturer. Valeo technology deals with the perception and interpretation of the world around the car.
Valeo wants to package its driver assistance systems into individual technology kits for automakers in the Plug-and-Play model.
The kits will integrate security systems inside the car and connect to the surrounding infrastructure.