is in the heart of our strategy
Implement and evaluate new technology bricks, train engineers and conduct real life experiments.
Fleet of 3 automated vehicles with various sensors
Lasers scanner : Ibeo LUX
Radar Long Range : ARS300 Continental
GPS RTK for cm positioning
SELF-e-CAR™ - Our open innovation development platform
3 questions to Randolph TOOM
What is the vision of FAAR about the future of Autonomous vehicles ?
From technology point of view : the control systems for autonomous driving will have evolved very quickly on the basis of traditional software development. But I expect artificial intelligence in software development to play an important role within 4 years from now. And that will really speed up the development of smart vehicles and infrastructures. From the user experience point of view : a lot will change too. Today we are happy to own a car; tomorrow I expect people to be happy not to own a car. People will just want to enjoy the ease of use at the lowest possible cost and the best service and comfort. Specialized fleet owners with a vision will make that happen at a large scale in a very short time. What UBER has done so far is peanuts compared to what will happen in 2023-2027.
How important is innovation for FAAR ?
It is the heart and spirit of the company. For FAAR Industry Innovation is to work out new products and processes which anticipate and meet our customers needs. It is also to aim for the leadership position in various projects of autonomous driving: vehicle robotizing & automation, expertise in specific actuators, design of new electronic architectures and development of devices supervising a driverless vehicles. A good vision of the future will play an ever more important role in the years to come. We are ready for the challenges that await us.
What kind of vehicle in 10 years ?
In 10 years from now the disruption in the automotive landscape will have made its progress. Control systems that are ever more powerful, communicating and intelligent will be established, even in the lower end products. Traditional cars as we know today will hardly be sold anymore at least for mainstream use. I see the automotive landscape of 2027 with a lot of autonomous minivans equipped with interior displays for work, social networking and leisure.
And yes : of course they will be electric, clean, silent and safe.
I expect artificial intelligence in software development to play an important role within 4 years from now.
Device for motorizing vehicle i.e. electric vehicle, has control unit for controlling rotational speeds of electrical motors to use motors at high speeds above predetermined threshold speed during entire operation of vehicle.
Internal combustion engine i.e. two-stroke internal combustion engine, has inlet valve including circular shaped lateral wall and bottom provided with hole, where valve is in form of tube closed at its one end.
Eccentric adjustment body for adjusting compression ratio of variable compression ratio internal combustion engine, has flange equipped with notches which are arranged in circle, where notches cooperate with presence detection sensor.
CROSS-DRIVE™ - Gain of energy efficiency for electric vehicles
CROSS-DRIVE™ is a FAAR powertrain innovation to maximize the range of electric vehicles with RPM and torque-optimization
This is an innovative transmission concept for electric vehicles to increase their driving range while using the same battery pack. CROSS-DRIVE™ uses two smaller motors instead of one large motor and activates only the one that offers the best efficiency in low to medium speed driving. Particularly interesting for urban and stop-and-go driving (buses, taxis, delivery vans, refuse trucks), CROSS-DRIVE™ extends the high efficiency fields from the electric motors to the low vehicle speed and to the low torques that are both much used in urban driving.