New European models' specifications: PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM, Ford and Volvo

Increased use of autonomous emergency brake and traffic sign recognition system

2014/01/15

Summary

Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60
IAA Frankfurt Auto Show 2013

 New European models launched by PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM, Ford and Volvo in and after the fall of 2012 employed numerous advanced driving assistance systems using onboard camera and radar sensors. A number of models including small vehicles come with the autonomous emergency brake and the traffic sign recognition system. Other features which have been increasingly made available include the regenerative energy system, the start/stop system, the auto high beam assist, and the emergency call system.


List of advanced equipment by PSA, Renault, Fiat, GM, Ford and Volvo for the new models launched in Europe since fall, 2012

Driving stability
(including fuel efficiency)
Torque Vectoring Control Ford Kuga
Regenerative energy system Renault Captur, Ford Kuga
Start/stop system Peugeot 2008/308, Citroen C4 Picasso,
Opel Adam, Ford Kuga
Visibility LED headlights Peugeot 308
Auto high beam assist Citroen C4 Picasso, Opel Cascada, Volvo XC60
Driving/parking
assistance
Traffic sign recognition Opel Cascada, Ford Kuga, Volvo XC60
Autonomous emergency brake Peugeot 308, Fiat 500L Trekking, Opel Cascada,
Ford Kuga, Volvo XC60
Pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto brake Volvo XC60
Comfort/convenience Adaptive display Citroen C4 Picasso, Volvo XC60
Emergency call system Peugeot 2008/308, Ford Kuga


Related Reports:
Features on new models:
  * German OEMs roll-out advanced driving assistance systems (Nov. 2013)
  * US models feature increased use of automatic braking systems (Aug. 2013)
  * Features on new Japanese models (Jul. 2013)
IAA Frankfurt Auto Show 2013:
  * European & Asian OEMs (Oct. 2013)
  * American & Japanese OEMs (Oct. 2013)
  * BMW, VW, Daimler (Oct. 2013)



PSA: LED headlamps on Peugeot 308

Peugeot 308
Peugeot 308
IAA Frankfurt Auto Show 2013

 PSA has installed the start/stop system for improving fuel efficiency in all three of its new models. The Peugeot 2008 small crossover is equipped with the "Grip Control" which offers five selectable modes of traction control systems depending on the road condition. The Peugeot 308 C-segment hatchback features the segment's first LED headlamps and the emergency collision alert & braking system. The French OEM has adopted the LED rear light systems with mirrors that create a 3D effect for the first time on the Citroen C4 Picasso small MPV. The model also comes with the 360-degree camera system to provide a panoramic view of the surroundings on the display as well as the lane departure warning system.

 

PSA: main features on new Peugeot/Citroen brand models launched in Europe from January to September 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional"
Peugeot
2008
Peugeot
308
Citroen
C4
Picasso
Small
crossover
Small
hatchback
Small
MPV
Jan. 2013 Sep. 2013 Jun. 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Gear shift indicator/Gear efficiency indicator S S
Grip control (1 in theTable below) A
Stop & start A A A
Rear Sports Spoiler S
Visibility Auto headlights AO A A
Intelligent beam headlights O
Full LED headlamps (2 in the Table below) A
Cornering assist fog lights A A
LED daytime running lights S S S
LED 3D effect rear lights (3 in the Table below) AO
Electrochrome/auto-dimming rear view mirror AO A AO
Auto wipers AO A
Collision safety Driver and front passenger front airbags, side airbags,
front and rear curtain airbags
S S S
Automatic hazard light activation S S
Driving/parking
assistance
Rear parking aid/sensors AO A A
Front parking aid/sensors A AO
Reversing camera A AO
360-degree camera system (4 in the Table below) O
Park assist O O AO
Automatic electric parking brake A S
Hill assist S S S
Lane departure warning system AO
Blind spot monitoring system O AO
Speed limiter S A
Dynamic cruise control/Active radar guided cruise control AO AO
Emergency collision alert & braking system (5 in the Table below) AO
Comfort/
convenience
Automatic dual-zone air conditioning A A A
Heated front seats O O
Multifunction colour touch screen (7" touch screen) A A S
12" Panoramic HD central display with 3 selectable themes
(6 in the Table below)
A
Satellite navigation AO A
Motorized rear tailgate AO
Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance (telematics system) O O
eMyWay (infotainment system) AO

Source: Peugeot/Citroen Online Catalog (UK) as of early January 2014

 

PSA: major advanced features
(1)
Grip control
 This is an advanced traction control system. By selecting a mode depending on the road condition (standard, snow, all terrain, sand and ESP), the system optimizes the traction of both front wheels.
(2)
Full LED headlamps
 The Peugeot 308 adopted the full LED headlamps as a world-first for the C-segment.
(3)
LED 3D effect rear lights
 The LED lamp system with mirrors which creates a 3D effect is used in the tail lamps for the first time (supplied by Hella). The tail lamps' brake light system takes the form of two letter Us, each of which consists of 15 LEDs. By placing a semi-transparent mirror behind the LEDs and another at the front, the light from the LEDs partially crosses the mirror at the front while the residual light is reflected and reaches the mirror in the back. Then, the light is immediately reflected. In this way, a 3D tunnel image is created. Conventional lamps are used for turn indicators.
(4)
360-degree camera system
 Four wide angle cameras fitted in the front, the rear door, and the side mirrors provide a 360-degree panoramic view around the vehicle on the display. This view can also be seen while the Park Assist is activated.
(5)
Emergency collision alert & braking system
 When the vehicle approaches too close to the preceding car, the system provides an audible and visual warning to the driver to apply the brakes. If the driver does not brake or brakes insufficiently, the system determines that a collision is imminent, and automatically applies the brakes.
(6)
12" Panoramic HD central display
 This is a 12-inch high-definition liquid crystal display replacing the instrument panel. The driver can choose instruments and information to be displayed from three options. It is also possible to display navigation information and personalize the screen wall paper with one of the personal photos through USB connection.

 

 



Renault: regenerative energy system on Captur

Captur
Captur
IAA Frankfurt Auto Show 2013

 Renault has adopted the energy smart management system as standard equipment on the Captur compact crossover. This system helps save energy by recharging the battery during braking and deceleration. Renault's first electric vehicle (EV) ZOE is equipped with the Z.E. Voice which alerts the presence of the vehicle to pedestrians by sound. The Renault R-Link multimedia system installed in the ZOE includes new functions tailored to EVs such as indication of a histogram of energy consumption.

Renault: main features on new Renault brand models launched in Europe from December 2012 to March 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional"
Renault
ZOE
Renault
Captur
Small
hatchback
EV
Small
crossover
Dec. 2012 Mar. 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
ECO mode S
Energy smart management (regenerative energy system) S
Visibility LED daytime running lights S
Automatic lights A S
Fog lights with cornering function A
Automatic windscreen wipers A S
Collision safety Driver & Passenger front airbags S S
Driver & Passenger side and thorax airbags S
Front, rear and lateral airbags S
Driving/parking
assistance
Rear parking sensors A A
Rear parking camera system AO O
Cruise control S
Comfort/
convenience
Z.E. Voice (1 in the Table below) S
Heated front seats O
Renault R-Link (2 in the Table below) S O
European mapping upgrade O O

Source: Renault Online Catalog (UK) as of early January 2014

 

Renault: major advanced features
(1)
Z.E. Voice
 This system alerts the pedestrians to the presence of the otherwise very quiet ZOE EV by sound. The range of sounds was developed in association with organizations for blind and visually-impaired people.
(2)
Renault R-Link
 Renault's multimedia system offers functions of satellite navigation, radio, connectivity via a USB or Bluetooth, hands-free phone and eco-driving menu. The R-Link on the ZOE has functions tailored to the EV such as indication of a histogram of energy consumption, charging schedule, and location of charging stations. The system also allows the passengers to view photos and videos on the 7-inch full color display when the ZOE is stationary.

 

 



Fiat: 500L Trekking with standard City Brake Control

500L Trekking
500L Trekking
IAA Frankfurt Auto Show 2013

 Fiat has introduced the "Traction +" system on the 500L Trekking, an off-road capable version of the 500L among the 500 family. The "Traction +" system applies the brake when slip is detected in either of the front wheels, transmitting more torque to the other wheel with more grip. As a result, it improves handling on slippery and difficult surfaces. The 500L Trekking is also the first Fiat car to offer the autonomous emergency braking system as standard. Its "City Brake Control" is active at speeds between 3 mph and 18 mph and especially useful in city traffic.

Fiat: main features on new Fiat brand models launched in Europe in June 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional"
500L
Trekking
500L
Living
Small
SUV
Small
MPV
Jun. 2013 Jun. 2013
Driving stability
(including fuel efficiency)
Traction + (1 in Table below) S
Visibility Automatic lights with rain sensor S A
Fog lights with cornering function S A
Electrochromatic dipping rearview mirror S A
Heated rear window S
Heated front windscreen O
Collision safety 6 Airbags S S
Driving/parking
assistance
Cruise control S S
Hill holder S S
City brake control (2 in Table below) S
Rear parking sensors S S
Parkview rear parking camera O
Comfort/
convenience
Automatic dual zone climate control O A
Heated front seats O
Uconnect (infotainment system) S

Source: Fiat Online Catalog (UK) as of early January 2014
(Note) The Fiat 500L Living is sold as the 500L MPW (Multi Purpose Wagon) in the UK.

 

Fiat: major advanced features
(1)
Traction +
 This system applies the brake when slip is detected in either of the front drive wheels and transmits more torque to the other wheel. As a result, it improves handling on slippery and rough roads. This electronic system simulates the behavior of a self-locking electromechanical differential. Traction + can be activated by pressing a button at speeds of up to 18.6 mph
(2)
City brake control
 This autonomous emergency brake system is active at speeds between 3 mph and 18 mph. The laser sensor fitted on the upper part of the windshield monitors the preceding vehicle and obstacles ahead. When a collision is expected, the brake assist and prefill functions are activated to help the driver's sudden braking. If a collision is imminent and the driver fails to react, the system automatically applies the brakes.

 

 



GM Europe: Opel Cascada with standard active rollover protection system

 GM has installed the start/stop system in the Opel and Vauxhall Adam compact hatchbacks. On the other hand, the Opel and Vauxhall Cascada midsize convertibles come standard with the active rollover protection system in which pyrotechnically-activated spring-loaded rollover bars pop up if the car should roll over. The convertible also employs a number of driving assistance systems using the second-generation Opel Eye (onboard front camera). These systems include the following distance indicator that constantly shows the distance to the vehicle ahead on the screen, and the traffic sign recognition which identifies not only typical speed limit signs but also temporary limits imposed due to hazardous weather conditions.

GM Europe: main features on new Opel/Vauxhall brand models launched in Europe in early 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional"
Opel/
Vauxhall
Adam
Opel/
Vauxhall
Cascada
Small
hatchback
Midsize
convertible
Early 2013 Early 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Cornering brake control S
Shift-up indication light A
Start/stop A
Visibility Intelligent Adaptive Forward Lighting O
Automatic lighting control O AO
Digital high beam assist AO
LED daytime running lights AO O
Electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror O AO
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers O AO
Collision safety Driver's and front passenger's airbags, Front seat side-impact airbags S S
Full-size curtain airbags S
Anti-submarining ramps in front seats S S
Active rollover protection system (1 in the Table below) S
Adaptive brake lights S S
Driving/parking
assist
Front parking distance sensors O
Rear parking distance sensors O S
Rear view camera O
Advanced park assist O O
Side blind spot alert O O
Hill start assist S S
Cruise control S S
Following distance indicator/Forward collision alert/
Automatic brake intervention (2 in the Table below)
O
Traffic sign recognition (3 in the Table below) O
Lane departure warning O
Comfort/
convenience
Dual-zone electronic climate control AO
Flex-Fix bike carrier system O
Heated steering wheel O AO
Heated front seats O AO
Driver's and front passenger's seat ventilation system O
Electrically operated easy entry front seats (4 in the Table below) O
Electronic front seatbelt presenters (5 in the Table below) A
7-inch colour monitor O O
Bluetooth S S
Satellite navigation system O
IntelliLink (infotainment system) O O

Source: Opel/Vauxhall Online Catalog (UK) as of early January 2014

 

GM Europe: major advanced features
(1)
Active rollover protection system
 High strength rollover bars are usually stored behind the rear seats. If the car should roll over, pyrotechnically-activated spring-loaded bars automatically pop up to protect the passengers. The system is also activated during other severe impacts (when airbags are deployed) to prepare the vehicle for possible secondary impacts and resulting rollover.
(2)
Following distance indicator/ Forward collision alert/ Automatic brake intervention
 These systems' functions have been expanded with the introduction of the second-generation Opel Eye (a front camera fitted on the rear view mirror). The new Following Distance Indicator constantly measures and shows the distance to the vehicle ahead on the screen. The conventional Forward Collision Alert is active at speeds of over 25 mph and warns the driver audibly and visually if he/she approaches a slower-moving vehicle too quickly. If the driver fails to decelerate, the Automatic Brake Intervention applies the brakes to slow the vehicle down to 10 mph.
(3)
Traffic sign recognition
 The previous system identified typical round speed limit signs used in the EU countries. With the second-generation Opel Eye, the system now recognizes signs related to temporary speed limits (including rectangular and electronic signs) imposed due to hazardous weather conditions, for example, and displays them on the screen. If the driver strays over the limit, the system gives a warning.
(4)
Electrically operated easy entry front seats
 This feature automatically moves the front seat forward so that passengers can easily access the rear seats. Just moving the front seatback forward activates the system. The front seat then slides forward at twice the normal adjustment speed and returns to the original position when the seatback is moved rearwards.
(5)
Electronic front seatbelt presenters
 The electronic front seatbelt presenters are mounted at shoulder level behind the doors. When the driver or the front passenger is seated, the presenter slides forwards, carrying the belt buckle conveniently to his/her hand. Once the seatbelt has been fastened, the presenter automatically retreats into its housing.

 

 



Ford Europe: Intelligent AWD and driving assistance systems on Kuga

 Ford has equipped the Kuga compact SUV with the "Intelligent All-Wheel Drive" that changes the front: rear torque split from 100:0 to 0:100, or anywhere in-between, and the "Torque Vectoring Control" which balances the amount of torque delivered to each of the two front wheels to help the driver turn corners. Among the driving assist features, the autonomous emergency brake called the "Active City Stop", the traffic sign recognition system, and the lane keeping alert/aid system are made available on the Kuga.

Ford Europe: main features on new Ford brand model launched in Europe in early 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional"
Kuga
Small SUV
Early 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (1 in the Table below) A
Torque Vectoring Control (2 in the Table below) S
Roll Stability Control A
Smart Regenerative Charging A
Auto Start-Stop System A
Dynamic Cornering Control A
Gear shift indicator A
Active Grille Shutter system A
Ford Eco Mode driver information system S
Visibility Automatic headlights AO
LED day running lights A
Automatic wipers with rain sensor AO
Heated Front Windscreen S
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror AO
Collision safety Driver's and front passenger's airbags, Front side impact airbags S
Front and rear curtain airbags S
Driver's knee airbag S
Anti-submarining seat bases S
Emergency brake warning S
Driving/parking
assistance
Rear parking distance sensors AO
Reversing camera AO
Traffic Sign Recognition O
Adaptive Cruise Control O
Blind Spot Information System O
Lane Keeping Alert/Lane Keeping Aid O
Driver Alert O
Hill start assist S
Active City Stop AO
Comfort/
convenience
Air conditioning -dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control A
Front seats with heated seat cushion and seatback A
Hands-free power tailgate (3 in the Table below) O
Ford SYNC including Emergency Assistance (4 in the Table below),
Bluetooth and voice control
S

Source: Ford Online Catalog (UK) as of early January 2014

 

Ford Europe: major advanced features
(1)
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
 This is a debut of Ford's Intelligent AWD system in Europe. The system monitors wheel speed, accelerator pedal position, steering wheel angle and road conditions from 25 sensors and instantly adjusts the front: rear torque split from 100:0 to 0:100, or anywhere in-between. As a result, it not only improves off-road performance but also corrects understeer and oversteer quickly and optimizes traction and handling on normal roads. The driver can always see the torque distribution on a bar graph displayed on the screen.
(2)
Torque Vectoring Control
 During acceleration through corners, this feature applies subtle brake pressure to the inside drive wheel, resulting in delivering more torque to the outside drive wheel. This improves grip and steering stability in turning corners and reduces understeer.
(3)
Hands-free tailgate
 This is the first hands-free tailgate available for the compact SUV segment. Anyone who has a car key can open or close the tailgate simply by a kicking motion under the rear bumper. The feature is useful for the person whose hands are full with packages and wants to place them into the cargo space of the vehicle.
(4)
Emergency Assistance
 The Emergency Assistance which is included in the Ford SYNC infotainment system is now available in more than 30 countries in Europe. If a compatible mobile phone is connected to the Ford SYNC, the Emergency Assistance uses a phone to automatically initiate an emergency call in the appropriate local language after detecting an airbag  activation. It also provides call takers with the vehicle's GPS location.

 

 



Volvo: new cyclist detection with full auto brake on XC60

 Volvo Cars has installed the new pedestrian and cyclist detection with full auto brake in the facelifted XC60 compact premium SUV, Volvo's best-selling car. This system detects not only pedestrians but also cyclists coming into the road ahead of the vehicle. When it determines that a collision is imminent, it gives a warning to the driver and automatically applies the brakes. The SUV also comes with numerous driving assistance systems including the lane departure warning, the blind spot information system, and the driver alert control.

Volvo Cars: main features on new Volvo brand model launched in Europe in November 2013

"S" Standard on all grades, "A" Standard on some grades, "O" Optional"
Volvo
XC60
Small
luxury
SUV
Nov. 2013
Driving stability
(including
fuel efficiency)
Electronic All Wheel Drive System with Instant Traction A
Roll Stability Control S
Visibility Active Bending Xenon Lights with Corner Light Function & Headlight Cleaning System A
Headlight Leveling System S
Active High Beam Control (1 in the Table below) O
LED Day Running Lights S
Autodimming Rear View Mirror AO
Autodimming Exterior Mirrors O
Heated Front Windscreen O
Rain Sensor with Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation A
Collision safety Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Airbags S
Dual Chamber Side Impact Protection Airbags, Inflatable Curtains S
Rollover Protection System S
Adaptive Brake Lights including High Level LED Brake Lights S
Driving/parking
assistance
Rear Park Assist AO
Front Park Assist, Park Assist Camera O
Front Blind View Camera (2 in the Table below) O
Hill Descent Control A
Cruise Control S
Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, Queue Assist O
Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake (3 in the Table below) O
City Safety S
Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert O
Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Departure Warning O
Driver Alert Control, Road Sign Information Display O
Comfort/
convenience
Heated Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, Heated Steering Wheel O
Adaptive Digital Display (4 in the Table below) S
Sensus Connect (infotainment system)(5 in the Table below) AO

Source: Volvo Online Catalog (UK) as of early January 2014
(Note) The facelifted XC60 was included in this report since it has adopted some new features.

 

Volvo Cars: major advanced features
(1)
Active High Beam Control
 This system uses a camera sensor to detect the headlight of the oncoming vehicles and the taillight of the preceding vehicles. It helps to prevent dazzling of other drivers by shading out only as much of the beam as necessary. The Active High Beam Control eliminates the need to switch between high and low beam and makes it possible to keep the headlights on full beam continuously without dazzling the oncoming and preceding drivers.
(2)
Front Blind View Camera
 This feature uses the panoramic camera fitted at the front grill to monitor the road ahead and displays the image on the screen. The camera covers a 180-degree field of view so that the driver is able to see the blind spots and objects around the corner at the tricky junctions.
(3)
Pedestrian and Cyclist detection with full auto brake
 The new cyclist detection function has been added to the "Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake." The feature uses a sensor system which consists of an infrared laser, a high-definition camera and a millimeter wave radar to monitor the road ahead of the vehicle. If a cyclist heading in the same direction as the vehicle suddenly swerves out in front of the vehicle, the system determines that a collision is imminent, and the visual and audible warnings are activated while the automatic full braking is applied to avoid or mitigate the damage of a collision.
(4)
Adaptive Digital Display
 The Adaptive Digital Display uses a thin film transistor liquid crystal display to personalize the instrument panel. There are three themes to choose from: Elegance, Eco and Performance. The default mode Elegance displays a speedometer in a classic design and layout. The Eco mode has a green color theme and is designed to encourage a fuel-efficient driving style. The Performance mode features red illumination and a revolution counter (tachometer) with the vehicle speed on digital display.
(5)
Sensus Connect
 The Sensus Connect is Volvo's infotainment system. It features a number of innovative functions including the navigation with 3D maps, 3G telematics option (Volvo On Call), offering a WiFi hot spot for internet connectivity, music streaming through Bluetooth and voice control of audio and navigation functions. It also allows the passengers to browse the internet on the onboard display while the vehicle is stationary.

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