With Nanomade, a glimpse of the automotive future was showcased at CES LAS VEGAS 2018: a car connected to the passengers’ vitals.

Nanomade’s presence at the event marked the beginning of a new step for the company. Six months after its selection for the Mobile WellBeing Challenge by Valeo, Nanomade proudly contributes to Valeo’s take on individualized in-vehicle comfort at CES 2018.

With its vitals monitoring sensors integrated into the car seat, Nanomade, delivers data that helps adjusting the cabin ambiance based on the vehicle occupant’s mood and physical condition.

The future of automotive: a car connected to the passengers’ heart and breathing”.

Abstract from our partner’s press kit regarding the event:

Health & Wellbeing, the Valeo take on comfort
World première working demonstration on Gold Lot track

With the emergence of the autonomous car and the increasing number of sensors collecting data outside and inside the car, life on board the vehicle is being re-imagined. Valeo is seizing the opportunity to address the challenge of individualized in-vehicle wellbeing. Looking well beyond standard comfort features such as temperature control, adjustable seats and soundproofing, the aim is to offer personalized traveling conditions adapted to each vehicle occupant, driver and passengers alike. This approach to wellbeing factors in outside pollution levels and occupant physiology, morphology, heart rate and body temperature. The system purifies the air in the cabin and adjusts temperature, lighting, sound and fragrance on the basis of vehicle occupant mood and physical condition. A personalized in-car ambiance makes for a unique sensory experience. This wellbeing-oriented intelligence is reflected in the vehicle’s capability to adapt to situations and respond to circumstances. In an increasingly connected mobility environment, the Valeo system may one day perform real-time analysis of the in-vehicle situation; interact with the vehicle occupants, learning their habits and preferences, and adapting accordingly; and store the collected data so that it can follow the user from vehicle to vehicle.

At CES 2018, two Valeo demonstrator vehicles will be offering first-hand insights into this new kind of traveling experience, with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. The Valeo Health & Wellbeing program has three innovation focuses: air quality, thermal comfort and emotional state monitoring.

Air quality, 98% anti-pollution protection

Surveys reveal that the air in a vehicle cabin can be up to four times as polluted as the air outside. Air quality improvement is naturally a key component of Valeo’s Health & Wellbeing concept. Valeo’s innovative system purifies the air that vehicle occupants breathe. This is done using a combination of three devices: a highefficiency filter that traps 98% of ultrafine particles and toxic gases, a high-performance ionizer that cleans and deodorizes the vehicle cabin, and a purifier connected to sensors that detect inside and outside air quality and convey this information via the human-machine interface in real time. Passengers can even switch the air purifier on remotely from their smartphones to pre-condition the cabin before entering the car.

Thermal comfort

With the Valeo Health & Wellbeing concept, the thermal management system adapts almost instantly to individual needs in all climate conditions. This operation makes very little demand on vehicle energy, an especially important factor in electric vehicles, as it does not detract from vehicle range. In winter, high-performance radiant surfaces offer fast, silent and comforting heating precisely where each passenger needs it. In summer, the AquAIRius® instantaneous breeze system cools the vehicle occupants down rapidly making limited use of the air conditioning system. The climate control sensation is enhanced by the use of color in the interior lighting, with warm shades for heat and pale shades for cool. Specifically, at equal temperatures, red lighting gives the sensation of a 2°C (~4°F) increase and blue light an impression of a 2°C (~4° F) decrease. Perhaps the most singular climate-control feature of the Valeo Health & Wellbeing system is its machine learning capability to adjust the interior temperature to the physiological condition of the vehicle occupants. Biosensors and infrared cameras detect heat exchanges between the passengers and the environment as well as passenger heart rates, respiratory rates, types of clothing, age, sex and morphology in order to fine-tune the control of seat heating, air conditioning and radiant surfaces. With this technology, passengers are instantly immersed in a personalized cocoon of comfort.

Emotional state monitoring

Valeo Health & Wellbeing adapts the in-car ambiance to the emotional state of the vehicle occupants, releasing fragrances and ions to relax or energize them, as appropriate. The car’s sensors will be able to detect when a driver is drowsy and release an energizing fragrance while intensifying the interior lighting and discharging a flow of cool air. They will also be able to identify driver stress and react by dispensing a relaxing scent, refreshing the passenger environment and ionizing the air. Valeo ionizers diffuse negative ions, which are abundant in nature. Many studies reveal that negative ions have a natural anti-depressant effect. They help create a soothing atmosphere that might be likened to that experienced in the country or on the coast.