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Valeo and Safran showcase latest biometric innovation for vehicles


Safran and automotive supplier Valeo have pooled their complementary skills and expertise to develop new technological innovations, which it showcased last month at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris.

The new technological innovations come 18 months after the two companies signed a research partnership deal related to assisted-driving and autonomous vehicles.

Despite operating in distinct markets, Valeo and Safran are focusing on shared technological disciplines to accelerate the development of new products.

The innovations relate to four main areas, starting with “People as the core focus”, which applies Safran’s facial recognition technologies to Valeo’s automotive applications.

The second area addresses “Connectivity”, which combines Valeo’s secure connection systems with Safran’s expertise in this field.

The third area is called “See and navigate”, which focuses on the development of a sensor that can “see” under difficult conditions. It also includes associated applications, such as Valeo’s 360°Vue camera for military vehicles, and Safran’s inertial navigation technologies applied to automobiles.

The fourth and final area is “Robotization”, which includes the latest automated functions developed by the two companies for both systems and vehicles. As part of this, Valeo is unveiling its experimental, highly automated vehicle system, Drive4U.

“Safran and Valeo teamed up because we were working on similar technologies and issues, each for our own markets”, said Jean-Paul Herteman, chairman and CEO of Safran. “Our research focused on areas such as automated vehicle and drone control in complex environments, vision under difficult conditions, 3D displays and augmented reality, biometrics and security features, and sensors (imaging, acoustics, radar, laser). After 18 months of very productive exchanges, we are delighted to be able to show the initial results of our collaboration today.”

Safran and Valeo recently posted a new promotional video highlighting some of the new biometric technologies that improve driver monitoring experience, including facial authorization, as well as iris recognition that enables the driver to blink to receive an incoming phone call.

Reported recently, VOXX Electronics Corporation announced that it has integrated EyeLock’s iris identity authentication technology into a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, to validate the driver and authorize the vehicle to start.

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