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Semcon ProActive Wipers
Time: 2017-04-19
Sweden's Semcon has developed ProActive Wipers (PAW) that are claimed to react faster. An important consideration, when travelling at highway speeds.
 
Known as PAW, the system is a computer program that could be installed on newer vehicles – no hardware upgrades are necessary. Instead, it utilizes the car's existing forward-facing camera, its radar, and its rain sensor. The camera is used to identify large trucks that are either approaching from the other direction, or that the driver is about to pass. The radar is then used to determine how far away that truck is, and how quickly the gap between it and the driver's car is closing. For its part, the rain sensor confirms that the conditions are wet, and thus that splashing is a possibility.
 
When the software determines that a soaking is imminent, it automatically switches the windshield wipers on to High. This starts before any water actually hits the glass. By contrast, rain sensors alone typically only activate the wipers once water has been detected on the windshield. Semcon has reportedly tested PAW in real-world driving conditions, and is now refining the technology. It hopes to have a market-ready version completed within a year, which automakers could then incorporate into their vehicles.
 
Semcon has worked closely with the automotive industry. Through this journey Semcon has learnt a lot from each other and pushed development forward together. Today Semcon has a number of specialists throughout the complex process from innovation to production.  
 
PAW is claimed to clear the windshield an important split-second sooner than a rain sensor does on its own.
 
One area where Semcon has taken a strategic approach is facelifts, the major or minor updates that keep a car up to date throughout its life cycle. An updated model should work just as well in the meeting with the end user as in production. Even in times when the car industry as a whole is doing well, competition between brands is tough. One of the key ways to differentiate themselves and increase sales for individual vehicle models is continuous facelifts. Updates to the details and appearance that incite renewed interest and make it possible to integrate new technology to an existing platform. The term facelift suggests that the changes are just cosmetic, but in fact the project covers the entire chain in all its complexity with technical adjustments, user understanding, sense of design and knowledge of the production apparatus.
 
Semcon, with its deep roots in the international automotive industry and specialists in development, production and design, has the capacity to handle facelifts as comprehensive projects and integrate updates directly into the customer’s processes. This is an approach that increases efficiency and decreases administration and time to the final delivery.
 
 
 
Source: Semcon