Cebi Group and Vitesco Technologies Develop Key Technology for Autonomous Electric Driving
- Development partnership between Cebi Group and Vitesco Technologies
- Advanced Sensor Cleaning System ensures the cleanliness of environmental sensors in autonomous electric vehicles
- Technology from both partners results in a complete system that can clean more than ten sensors simultaneously
Steinsel, Luxembourg, Regensburg, Germany, August 29th, 2023. Cebi Group, a specialist in washer systems and Vitesco Technologies, a leading international manufacturer of advanced powertrain technologies and electrification solutions, are partnering to develop the Advanced Sensor Cleaning System (ASCS), a highly integrated all-in-one solution that can keep more than 10 environmental sensors clean with water pressure of up to 7 bar, using just a single infrastructure.
This addresses an important requirement for autonomous electric driving: Environmental sensors such as cameras and lidars must be kept free from dirt and adverse effects caused by wind and weather conditions for the safe execution of the autonomous driving function – and thus also of the powertrain. As future autonomous vehicles will generally be electric, the connectivity between the sensor and the electric drive is a key subject for this partnership.
“Combining our globally successful technology for washer systems with the electronics and electromechanical expertise of Vitesco Technologies creates a complete system that is a key enabler for autonomous electric drive systems.” stated Etienne Jacqué, head of R&D at Cebi Group, reiterating the benefits of the partnership for vehicle manufacturers.
“The all-in-one sensor cleaning system is a key product for autonomous electric driving. A single high-pressure pump is sufficient to supply several sensors, and with lower water consumption. Thanks to its high degree of integration, it is also very easy and economical to accommodate in the vehicle,” said Robert Paul, head of Actuators business unit, Powertrain Solutions division at Vitesco Technologies.
Vitesco Technologies supplies three core components for the new sensor cleaning system and ensures functional integration: A brushless and compact high-pressure pump with 2 to 7 bar delivery pressure provides the cleaning water for the complete sensor equipment of a vehicle. A special distributor redirects the flow from the pump to the correct sensor. The control electronics also come from Vitesco Technologies.
Cebi Group provides the large reservoir with up to four individual washer pumps for the classic windshield and headlamp cleaning, the complex hosing, the nozzle technology as well as the overall mechanical system integration in the vehicle.
Production is scheduled to start at the end of 2026.
Cebi Group is a worldwide leader for pumps and washer systems and is the European leader on the temperature sensors market. With more than 3000 people employed around the world, Cebi Group is composed of 11 production sites (Brazil, China, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland) and six sales offices (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, UK, USA). In addition, Cebi has 7 research and development centers with 260 experts and develops and manufactures its own automatic assembly lines.
Vitesco Technologies is a leading international developer and manufacturer of modern drive technologies for sustainable mobility. With intelligent system solutions and components for electric, hybrid and combustion drive trains, Vitesco Technologies makes mobility clean, efficient and affordable. The product portfolio includes electric drives, electronic control systems, sensors and actuators as well as exhaust gas aftertreatment solutions. Vitesco Technologies recorded revenue of €9.07 billion in 2022 and has around 38,000 employees working at some 50 different locations. Vitesco Technologies is headquartered in Regensburg, Germany.
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