Valeo will supply its ADAS domain controllers for parking and maneuvering for BMW's upcoming »New Class« platform generation to be launched in 2025. The two companies have signed a contract to this effect.
Valeo will develop and produce the ADAS domain controller. This manages all data streams from all ADAS sensors in BMW Group vehicles based on the "New Class" platform. All driving assistance functions are hosted and processed by the Valeo ADAS domain controller; the controller in turn is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs.
The ADAS domain controller will host Valeo's software platform for low-speed maneuvers, as well as BMW and Qualcomm's software for driving automation.
Jointly developed by Valeo, BMW Group and Qualcomm, the system is equipped with some of the most powerful automotive processors on the market. As a result, it will be able to sense and understand the vehicle's environment and interior in real time. New features and upgrades will be added over the course of the vehicle's lifecycle.
»The collaboration between BMW Group and Valeo builds on the successful products we have developed together over the past decades. More than 30 years ago, we launched BMW Park Distance Control as a world first, and about 15 years ago, the BMW Group started offering its customers a multi-camera view,« commented Dr. Nicolai Martin, Senior Vice President Driving Experience BMW Group. »Today, the new BMW 7 Series sets the standard for effortless and advanced driver assistance systems. We look forward to shaping the future together with Valeo - through this close collaboration in our next generation for maneuvering and parking solutions.«
Marc Vrecko, President of Valeo's Comfort & Driving Assistance Systems Business Group, added: »We are excited and proud to embark on this journey with our long-standing partners at BMW. In addition to the opportunities presented by our integrated software stack, the Domain Controller itself is an important cornerstone in our strategy for safer and smarter mobility. BMW's 'New Class' will also include Valeo's next-generation ultrasonic sensors, the full range of surround-view cameras and a new multifunctional interior camera that will contribute to improved safety and create a new user experience.«
The newly signed agreement between BMW and Valeo highlights the profound changes taking place in the automotive industry. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are becoming more common, enabling cars to perceive their surroundings with ever greater precision. More and more software is being used and is essential for controlling the vehicle itself and its sensors. Powerful processors such as the ADAS domain controller are key to processing the huge amounts of data and executing instructions.