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Valeo and Leoni are pooling their experience strengths for zone controllers, key elements of future vehicles.

The suppliers say they see major interest in the market for zone controllers and are in close exchange with several European OEMs.

Vehicle architecture is set to evolve significantly in the coming years to meet demands of vehicles which become more autonomous, connected and electric, increasingly equipped with ADAS, sensors, connectivity, electronics and software. These vehicles will communicate more and more with each other, as well as with infrastructure.

Zone controllers will be the nerve centres of these new vehicle architectures, hubs of connectivity, data relay and consolidation, centralisation of electronic controls and intelligent power management.

By combining their respective experience, Valeo will act as Tier 1 and Leoni, Tier 2.

Valeo and Leoni maintain their solution, for which pre-development has already started, will enable more intelligence, more functionality and more power capacity to be embedded in the vehicle, while reducing overall complexity, the amount of wiring and therefore weight and cost.

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The technology developed by Valeo and Leoni will also optimise power distribution and provide safe power supply for automated driving for example.

Valeo will contribute its background in systems engineering, software development and validation. A dedicated organisation has been set up within Valeo to drive zone controllers.

“Through this cooperation, Leoni and Valeo have all the assets to become the world leader in the field of zone controllers, one of the major technological challenges of tomorrow’s vehicles,” said Valeo Comfort & Driving Assistance Systems Business Group president, Marc Vrecko.

For his part, Leoni Wiring Systems Division CTO, Walter Glück, added: “Zonal Architecture will play a key role in the future electrical vehicle architecture and [is] strongly linked to the core products of Leoni.

“The strong competences from Valeo and Leoni, on each of their areas, have a perfect match and will enable us to take a leading role in the market for Zone Controllers.”