LAS VEGAS -- Self-driving cars may seem a long way off yet, but automotive supplier Valeo debuts its Cruise4U system today. Cruise4U is Valeo's brand name for an autonomous car system that automakers can put into their production cars.
Using a laser-based scanning system, sometimes referred to as LIDAR, Cruise4U paints a picture of a car's immediate surroundings, including other cars, pedestrians and stationary obstacles. It then uses that information to control the car's brakes, accelerator and steering.
Drivers can choose to activate Cruise4U while on the road, letting the car take over main driving functions. Valeo will be running live demonstrations of Cruise4U during the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas.
Along with Cruise4U, Valeo also shows off its LED headlight technology called Beamatic. These headlights not only use energy-efficient and long-lasting LEDs, but intelligently shape the beam depending on oncoming traffic and road angles. These headlights default to a high-beam profile, but by using sensor data can darken the area of projection covering oncoming cars. When going up a hill, the lights can dip downward so as to illuminate the road rather than the sky, and adjust upward when going downhill.
At last year's CES, Valeo showed offcalled Park4U, a natural complement to Cruise4U.