In case of Applus+ Automotive, one example is the brake tester project. Before the legislation changed the system to measure braking power, industrial vehicles were only tested to ensure they had sufficient breaking power when empty. With the new law, it was necessary to determine whether the vehicle was able to break when fully loaded. This required a huge development in IT, as it was necessary to devise a new mechanism for calculating the pressure on the braking system. Thanks to the innovation that the company came up with, it simplified the work of the inspectors while ensuring compliance with the new law in all stations.
Applus+ Automotive’s latest project, GPSi, involved creating a piece of equipment that allowed verification of taximeters without the need of a speedometer. Instead, it only requires being inside the taxi with a GPS antenna. It is the first piece of equipment calibrated by the CEM (Spanish Center of Metrology) with satisfactory results.
With regard to Applus+ Norcontrol, RCMS (Road Cracking Measurement System) is a project that enabled the company to develop its road auscultation business in the Middle East. TAIL (Laser Advanced Technique for Aerial Inspection) has involved the development of an automated system based on LIDAR laser technology to carry out aerial inspections of power lines. Another examples is SICE (Integrated System for Execution Monitoring), an integrated tool based on the use of tablets to improve the performance and quality of the monitoring inspections of construction work carried out in the field.
It is also worth mentioning an Applus+ Idiada innovation project that includes considerable collateral products, new technologies, new know-how, and new knowledge on the creation of regulations and directives: the eVADER project.
eVADER is the acronym for Electric Vehicle Alert for Detection and Emergency Response. It is a European project that has emerged in response to a new technical need: the noise electric vehicles should make in order to be noticed by pedestrians and decrease the risk of road safety hazards that they entail, while at the same time minimizing the noise pollution this sound produces.
A GPS that tells the vehicle exactly where it is and a camera that visualizes where the pedestrian is in relation to the vehicle. The vehicle calculates whether the pedestrian’s path and its own are convergent and could thus result in impact. If there is a risk of impact, the vehicle automatically emits a specific sound directed toward the at-risk pedestrian.
This is a clear example of how innovation help improve safety.