Valeo will develop and produce the ADAS domain controller capable of managing all data flows from all ADAS sensors in BMW Group vehicles based on the “Neue Klasse” platform. Neue Klasse (“New Class”) is BMWs next generation of modular platforms for electric vehicles. All driving assistance functions will be hosted and processed by the Valeo ADAS domain controller, which will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs. The ADAS domain controller will host Valeo’s software platform for low-speed maneuvering, as well as software assets from BMW and Qualcomm for driving automation.
Equipped with some of the most powerful automotive processors in the market, the system being developed by Valeo, BMW Group and Qualcomm is able to obtain real-time mapping and understanding of the car’s surroundings as well as the interior of the vehicle. New features and upgrades will be added throughout the car’s lifecycle.
Nicolai Martin, Senior Vice President Driving Experience BMW Group commented: “This collaboration between BMW Group and Valeo builds on a range of products we have been developing together over the last decades. It has been more than 30 years since we launched the BMW Park Distance Control as a world first, and about 15 years since BMW Group began offering its customers multi-camera viewing.”
Marc Vrecko, President of Valeo’s Comfort & Driving Assistance Systems Business Group said: “Beyond the opportunities resulting from our integrated software stack, the domain controller itself is an important cornerstone in our strategy for safer and smarter mobility.” According to Vrecko, BMWs “Neue Klasse” will also feature the next generation of Valeo’s ultrasonic sensors, the full set of surround view cameras, as well as a new multifunctional interior camera that will contribute to improved safety and create a new level of user experience.”
This major contract between BMW and Valeo illustrates the profound transformation taking place in the automotive industry. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are increasing in volume and allow the car to perceive its surroundings with ever greater precision. Software is increasingly prevalent and essential to managing the car itself as well as its range of sensors. As a result, powerful processors, such as the ADAS domain controller, are key to processing the vast amount of data collected and executing instructions.