2017 IAA Frankfurt motorshow updates

The German International Motor Show in Frankfurt opened on Tuesday to the press. A biennial event, the show is one of the most significant dates in the automotive calendar with many European brands showcasing new concepts and production models. This year in particular sees a shift towards electrification and a growing number of autonomous cars.

SBD has a strong presence at the show this year, with nine specialists attending to follow the latest technologies and trends. In this article we give a brief report on some of the latest and most interesting vehicles and technologies released at the show so far.


At its group night event in advance of the opening of the IAA, Volkswagen announced it will be investing 6 billion euros in electric mobility over the next five years. It also premiered its I.D. CROZZ II concept, a fully electric Level 5 autonomous SUV based on VW Group’s scalable MEB electric car platform. The car makes extensive use of voice and gesture control for functions such as ‘waking up’ the car, operating the doors & panoramic roof and starting the I.D. Pilot autonomous driving mode, which retracts the multi-function steering wheel into the dash. An augmented reality HUD offers information overlaid on the outside view and the dashboard is completely buttonless.

While the VW I.D. concept offers an electric alternative to the Golf, the I.D. CROZZ augments the Tiguan, offering a firm idea of the direction of the 2020 production model.

Source: VW


Bosch announced at Frankfurt on Tuesday that it expects to see its annual sales of driver-assistance systems reach €2 billion by 2019, outpacing market growth of 25 per cent per year. This year the number of R&D associates in its mobility solutions business sector will rise to 48,000 employees. Bosch’s short-term aim is to improve air quality by refining the combustion engine and growing its electromobility solutions.
It also showcased its community-based parking solution which simplifies the search for urban parking. Cars use their ultrasonic sensors to measure potential spaces as they pass them by. The information is then transferred in real time to a map which drivers can use to find the nearest spaces. Bosch is planning to complement this service with a digital payment solution.

Source: Bosch


Renault unveiled its Symbioz concept: an autonomous fully electric car presented as an extension of the home or an “extra mobile, modular and multi-purpose room”. The exterior features architectural detailing such as a steel frame, large windows and wooden and carbon fibre highlights. In addition to fabrics, the interior features copper, marble and porcelain accents and allows wireless connection to the home. The seatbelts are fitted with wrist-watch style touchscreens. Finally, the concept includes a platform to allow the car to be lifted onto a roof terrace.


Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show

At the unveiling of Honda’s Urban EV Concept, Honda Motor Co. President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, announced that electrified technology will now feature in every new car model launched in Europe. A production version of the Urban EV will be released in 2019. Globally, Honda aims to have electrified technology across two thirds of its new car sales by 2030. Honda also launched its new CR-V Hybrid Prototype which will go on sale in 2018 and will be the first Honda hybrid SUV sold in Europe.

Honda’s Urban EV Concept showcases the company’s vision for a world where mobility and daily life are seamlessly linked. The on-board advanced Honda Automated Network Assistant acts as a personal concierge, which learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver’s past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.


Intelligent World Drive

At the International Motor Show (IAA), Mercedes-Benz has annouced “Intelligent World Drive” to test automated driving functions on all five continents using a vehicle based on the S‑Class. This S‑Class, which has been automated for test purposes, will face a variety of complex traffic situations. In the process, it will gather valuable experience on the road to autonomous driving.

Testing the innovative lighting system, As lighting also plays a key role on the road to automated and autonomous mobility, Mercedes-Benz’s “Intelligent World Drive” is additionally testing a prototype headlamp featuring innovative DIGITAL LIGHT technology. This revolutionary lighting system allows features that were unveiled as a vision of the future in the F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle in early 2015. The non-dazzle continuous high beam in HD quality uses chips with over one million micro-mirrors, and therefore pixels, per headlamp. Among other things, DIGITAL LIGHT is thus able to project light corridors onto the road in order to communicate with the surroundings.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ (The name EQ stands for “Electric Intelligence”) and smart vision EQ fortwoThe smart vision EQ fortwo, like the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA, will be showcased at the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The smart show car provides a new vision of urban mobility and individualized, highly flexible local public transport, the autonomous concept vehicle picks up its passengers directly from their chosen location. New individualization options help users to recognize that it is “their” vehicle, the black panel on the front, the LED displays in place of the headlamps and rear lamps and the large projection surfaces on the sides of the smart vision EQ fortwo allow an unprecedented degree of vehicle individualization, ideal for car sharing. Freed from the task of driving, the passengers are able to relax in the large interior.


Valeo will be showcasing 20 innovative products and services at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Some of them are:

  • Park4U Home, a personal valet system whereby the vehicle learns to park itself without requiring the driver to stand nearby to supervise the maneuver.
  • Valeo everView, the first LiDAR sensor cleaning system, which ensures optimal, continuous operation of the sensors in all weather and road conditions by clearing away rain, mud, snow, dust and other obstructions.
  • Valeo MyMobius, a human-machine interface that learns from drivers’ habits in order to anticipate their needs, suggest customized routes and enhance safety.

In addition to these, Valeo will be displaying its full array of engine electrification and hybridization solutions, from 12V and 48V systems to high-power innovations (motors, onboard chargers, inverters and DC/DC converters) developed by the Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH joint venture. Valeo’s electrification technologies are compatible with all vehicle types.Also on show will be Valeo’s SCALA®, the first and only laser scanner to be mass produced. It rounds out Valeo’s industry-leading portfolio of sensors, which are key to automated driving.Lastly, Valeo will be presenting various innovations to improve well-being, comfort and safety, such as the Oxy’Zen cabin air purification solution, and Valeo 360AEB, an autonomous emergency braking system.

Source: Valeo


HELLA sensors enable HELLA 360° rotating viewOn the path to assisted, then autonomous driving, functions for detecting vehicle surroundings on the basis of e.g. radar technology play an important role in order to identify pedestrians and other vehicles early. Thanks to their compact design, the 77GhZ radar sensors can also be integrated into the vehicle’s respective sides. This makes possible a 360° environment detection around the vehicle for identifying moving objects (object detection).HELLA teaches vehicles how to “feel”For paving the way to further safety and comfort functions, a vehicle needs to not only “see” its surroundings (e.g. via camera and radar system), but also be able to “feel” it. To that end, HELLA has developed the SHAKE (Structural Health and Knock Emission) technology. The sensor detects structure-borne sound waves generated by contact or knocks on the vehicle body by means of a piezoelectric foil. The sensor can thus detect parking damages early (Intelligent Damage Detection). HELLA has developed the technology further and will present new functions at IAA, such as pedestrian protection (Adaptive Impact Detection) becoming ever more important on the path to automated driving.

Source: Hella