Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG receives the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS award
BONN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kautex Textron GmbH & Co., KG (Kautex), a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that it has received an AutomotiveINNOVATIONS award from the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) for its Allegro Premium Cleaning System – a software-controlled cleaning system for autonomous driving and vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). After extensive research by CAM and PWC, Kautex was selected from a pool of approximately 400 suppliers to receive this prestigious award. The awards ceremony took place during PWC’s Digital Automotive Talk held in July in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Kautex Allegro Premium cleaning system is rooted in Kautex Clear Vision Systems (CVS) existing expertise in cleaning system hardware. Allegro Premium combines this capability with software designed to identify the best cleaning strategy based on travel conditions and sensor obstruction. The system takes into account specific cleaning conditions such as speed, weather, temperature, dirt or debris, to instantly determine the appropriate cleaning function. Allegro Premium also offers additional benefits including predictive functionality, reduced weight, improved water efficiency and product durability, and flexible designs based on customer feedback. The result is an improved cleaning system that helps ensure the assistance systems are available in all weather conditions, improving vehicle performance and passenger safety.
“As we move into more advanced levels of autonomous driving, the need for sensor cleaning becomes more apparent, as any debris on the sensor will impact sensor performance – and ultimately the performance of the vehicle,” said Javier Bayod, Vice President. from Kautex CVS. “Our team has spent a lot of time listening to customers to understand their needs and proactively designing a cleaning system that can scale with their self-driving capabilities. We are very proud to be named by CAM and PWC as winners of their AutomotiveINNOVATIONS award this year.
Kautex’s development and test programs were also considered part of the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS award. The team performs extensive development and testing under numerous system parameters and environmental conditions to understand the best cleaning approach for everyone. This data is then fed into an algorithm that controls the cleaning system. Additional testing is performed via their unique test rig and test chamber which allows Kautex CVS to control, monitor and record all relevant process parameters for a single design. The system can test the impact of specific environmental conditions, including temperatures and vehicle speeds. The test chamber was created in partnership with Kautex’s Innovations department.
“In this age of disruption, innovation will drive a company’s future success,” said Carsten Elsasser, chief innovation and strategy officer at Kautex. “By working closely with our customer-facing sales and engineering teams, we learn details about our customers’ unmet needs that we incorporate into our testing and design. The result is an exceptional product that meets – or exceeds – what many customers are looking for in advanced cleaning solutions.
For 11 years, CAM and PWC have sponsored the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS awards to seek out and recognize outstanding innovative performance by companies in the automotive industry.
About Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG
At Kautex, we drive the future. As a tier-one automotive supplier with more than 30 factories in 14 countries, Kautex designs, develops and manufactures traditional and hybrid fuel systems, advanced cleaning solutions for assisted and autonomous driving, engine camshafts and plastic industrial packaging solutions. A pioneer in the design and manufacture of automotive plastic fuel systems, Kautex is expanding its portfolio to offer customers smart products and data-driven services, including smart fuel systems, thermoplastic composite hybrid battery systems and metal composites. From a lightweight battery system to a hybrid fuel system to self-driving vehicle cleaning systems, Kautex is committed to pioneering solutions for the era of new mobility.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aerospace, defense, industrial and financial companies to provide its customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known worldwide for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, EZ-GO, Arctic Cat and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com
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