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Safety innovations used in Ford Mondeo

11 July 2007

Delphi Corp. will provide its advanced Electrical/Electronic Architecture and Smart Cruise Control for Ford of Europe's new Mondeo. The new vehicle also features Delphi wiring, actuators, body electronics, dampers, emission canisters and antenna. The new Mondeo was unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

“Ford chose Delphi’s E/E Architecture because it applies innovative design to deliver advanced functionality and high compatibility with the diagnosis and servicing requirements of the automotive repair shop. Furthermore, it is flexible enough to integrate any future functions that the vehicle manufacturer might add during a given vehicle generation,” explains Stefaan Vandevelde, managing director, Delphi Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Europe, “The success of our work on the Ford Galaxy and Ford S-Max vehicles, which also feature Delphi E/E Architecture, helped to secure Delphi’s role as a key development partner on this vehicle.”

At the E/E Architecture’s heart is a Smart Junction Box (SJB), which integrates microcontrollers for the CAN databus, lighting, central locking and theft protection functions. The SJB works as a gateway between the CAN High/Low Speed and LIN data busses which distribute signals throughout the vehicle with a speed and robustness optimised for each application.

The Electrical/Electronic Architecture has 39 electronic modules with integrated memory and microelectronics to provide decision-making capability. One example of the benefits this provides is when a bulb fails, and the system immediately notifies the driver of the malfunction.

To maximise passenger space, Delphi paid particular attention to packaging and routing. The E/E Architecture was developed with a new generation of smaller, lighter and more compact connectors, wiring, sensors and actuators. As a result, Delphi’s E/E Architecture weighs up to 20% less than conventional E/E solutions, which contributes to better fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions. Delphi’s E/E Architecture also uses less copper than conventional systems.

The Mondeo also features Delphi’s Smart Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning: the first high-volume vehicle to be offered with such a sophisticated cruise control option. “Delphi’s philosophy for active safety systems is to help drivers avoid accidents, and to make our roads safer by introducing these new safety technologies to a larger number of drivers. This is a milestone in the industry, beginning a trend where high-tech accident prevention technology is not just for the luxury market. As OEMS incorporate more of these active safety products into more vehicles, we believe the benefit to society will be demonstrated in reduced accident rates over time, “explained Diedrich von Behr, managing director of Delphi Safety Systems, Europe.

Marketed as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Alert (FA), the intelligent control system detects the relative speed of the vehicle ahead using a radar sensor embedded in the front bumper. In cruise mode, the system automatically adjusts vehicle throttle and braking to maintain a constant user-configured time gap of up to 2.5 seconds between vehicles. When cruise control is disengaged, the Delphi Collision Warning System provides the driver with audible and visible alerts if the driver approaches an unsafe distance to the vehicle ahead. Delphi’s system uses high-precision scene interpretation software.

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