OpEneR: PSA Peugeot CitroŽn & Bosch reveal two new functions to optimise vehicle range and safety

  • Topographical data to provide the driver with an extended ďvisionĒ of the road
  • A new sensors function to optimise vehicle safety and comfort
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  • October 30, 2013
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Bosch and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, along with other partners, are cooperating on the OpEneR (Optimal Energy Consumption and Recovery) research programme, designed to improve the range of future hybrid and electric vehicles and optimise driver safety and comfort.
Two new technologies developed for the OpEneR project will be available for all types of motors (gasoline, diesel, hybrid and electric).

Navigation data for an extended vision of the road and 15 percent energy savings
OpEneR now includes navigation data for predictive driving adaptation. The driver's vision is considerably extended with a preview of the road, based on topographical data such as slopes, bend radii and infrastructure data, with indication of road signs and speed limits.
This innovation means gains in efficiency, with energy savings of up to 15 percent. Thanks to the road preview feature, the engine management system performs a dynamic calculation of the energy required from the electric motors.

On-board video camera and radars to optimise vehicle safety and comfort
Sensors to help with driving comfort and safety, such as video camera and radars, are used to detect objects, other cars and pedestrians, as well as to recognise road signs, and also help bring down consumption. For instance, on the basis of the journey to be covered, a computer determines the vehicle's future speed curve, by integrating data going beyond the next bend. The Adaptive Cruise Control function automatically regulates the vehicle's speed and brakes before entering the bend, built-up areas and speed limited areas, as well as in the presence of obstacles and slower vehicles. This function means greater comfort and safety for the driver, who can concentrate on the wheel and the surrounding traffic.

In addition to its two new innovations, OpEneR enables the driver to reduce energy consumption, either by coasting, or by means of braking energy recovery for hybrid and electric vehicles. To date, more than 15,000 km of intensive testing have been carried out in real driving conditions and on varied road profiles, with consumption down by between 10 percent and 15 percent. The two partners have thus developed three technological innovations:
  • An electric drive train based on two electric motors, offering 4-wheel drive with zero CO2 emissions;
  • The new generation Stop & Start for coasting;
  • ESPģ hev braking for energy recovery at braking and battery recharging, accompanied by the iBooster which can amplify the vacuum braking force.
OpEneR is part of the European Commission's ďGreen cars initiativeĒ call for project proposals, with partners from the industrial and university worlds. Five partners are today working together on this research project: Bosch, AVL List and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, representing industry, and the Karlsruhe research centre in Germany and the Galician Automotive Technology Centre, representing the world of university research.

About PSA Peugeot CitroŽn
With its two world-renowned brands, Peugeot and CitroŽn, PSA Peugeot CitroŽn sold 2.9 million vehicles worldwide in 2012, of which 38 percent outside Europe. The second largest carmaker in Europe, PSA Peugeot CitroŽn recorded sales and revenue of Ä55.4 billion in 2012. The Group is the European leader in terms of CO2 emissions, with an average of 122.5 grams of CO2/km in 2012.PSA Peugeot CitroŽn has sales operations in 160 countries. It is also involved in financing activities (Banque PSA Finance) and automotive equipment (Faurecia).

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About Bosch Group
Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2012, its sales came to 31.1 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. Its roughly 177,000 Automotive Technology associates worldwide mainly work in the following areas of business: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESPģ anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.5 billion euros. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is ďInvented for life.Ē

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