The Group's innovation strategy, aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and developing intuitive operation, has enabled it to anticipate new market demands and strengthen its profitable growth momentum. The new Valeo is more technological, innovative, dynamic and profitable.
The automotive industry is being disrupted by three simultaneous revolutions. This is something unique and without precedent: with the rise of electric drivetrains and alternatives such as hybrid technology, we are seeing a shift in the way cars are powered. At the same time, autonomous and connected vehicles and the digital revolution are giving rise to new forms of mobility.
At a time of climate transition, growing urbanization and digital revolution, lifestyles are changing, opening up new opportunities for Valeo.
Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and External Relations
Valeo is right at the heart of these three revolutions
Supported by its innovation strategy, aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and developing intuitive driving, the Group has anticipated new market demands and accelerated its profitable growth.
The engine revolution: from smart engines to electrification
Automakers, users, lawmakers and new regulators, such as the municipalities of the world’s major cities, are converging to demand vehicles that consume less fossil fuel and generate less pollution.
As a pioneer and world number one in vehicle electrification, Valeo boasts the most wide-ranging product offering to support this revolution, such as affordable hybrid solutions that can be applied to the widest number of cars. To accompany this revolution which is driving down CO2 emissions, Valeo develops innovative technologies that are designed to lower energy consumption by electrifying powertrains, optimizing overall thermal management and improving aerodynamics. These three focus areas help increase the efficiency of all engine types.
The autonomous car revolution
Just as drivers need their senses to remain alert on the road, autonomous vehicles rely on various sensors to act as their eyes and ears. Valeo today has the widest portfolio of sensors in the auto industry with ultrasonic sensors, cameras – front, rear and surround view – radars and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging). Together, this technology enables the vehicle to “see” what the human eye cannot always fully distinguish, from just a few centimeters to up to 250 meters away.
Artificial intelligence and deep learning are increasingly becoming key drivers for the challenges of the automated cars of tomorrow, from high performance sensors capable of perceiving and understanding the vehicles context, to advanced automated driving functions in complex environments, smart interaction with users and learning capabilities through connected cars. That is why Valeo has launched the first global research center in artificial intelligence and deep learning dedicated to automotive applications.
Seeing, understanding and acting is precisely what the autonomous car revolution is all about.
The digital, connected and shared mobility revolution
In sprawling cites, private cars can spend most of their time in the garage or parking lot, and when on the road, they generally crawl along in congested traffic, with drivers spending up to a third of their time looking for somewhere to park. That’s where connected and autonomous cars come in. Valeo peiker’s expertise in broadband telematics will allow connected cars to communicate with other vehicles and road infrastructure. Vehicles will also help to ease traffic flow by anticipating traffic signal changes at intersections and flexibly adapting their speed so as not to accelerate or brake unnecessarily. When the time comes to park, the car will find a free parking space and, once the “driver” has handed over the task to Valeo’s Park4U® Remote system, park the car. In addition, he will be able to use Valeo InBlue® , Valeo’s smart, virtual car key that not only locks, unlocks and starts the car but can geolocate it and share it with another person, all via smartphone.
Broad and balanced global footprint
As global automotive production evolves, its center of gravity is shifting to Asia.
Automakers are developing global platforms that require automotive supplier proximity, wherever they are in the world. Valeo’s diversified, balanced customer base and geographic footprint is fully in line with this trend.
Did you know?
Valeo added some 10,000 new products to its catalog in 2018