Italy-based Magneti Marelli, a major automotive supplier which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, is showcasing its smart corner and sensor fusion technology at the 2018 North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
Building on their recent investment in LeddarTech, a solid-state LiDAR company, Magneti Marelli created what it calls a smart corner system by integrating a camera, radar, and LiDAR into advanced projector headlamps and tail lamps.
The company says the new technology provides OEMs with the required functionality for autonomous driving, while maintaining aesthetics and lighting performance. Additionally, weight and cost are reduced and the need for separate packaging, wiring, and connectors on the vehicles exterior are eliminated.
Sensor fusion technology allows Magneti Marelli to gather data/input from multiple sensors and “fuse” it together, generating a more accurate and comprehensive description of the surrounding environment than could be understood by individual sensors. The company offers “ride and drives” in a production vehicle so passengers can experience the technology themselves.
Magneti Marelli was founded in 1919 and operates 86 production units, 14 R&D centers in 21 countries, and has around 43,000 employees. Magneti Marelli is part of FCA, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills.