First order for the revolutionary Valeo Park4U system

Valeo announces that its new parking assistance system will equip its first production vehicle - the VW Touran - in the first half of 2007.
This ultrasonic technology based driving assistance system, a world premiere, automatically steers the car into the parking slot in 15 seconds, making city driving safer and more comfortable.

While driving at a maximum speed of 30 km/h, the Park4U scans both sides of the street for potential parking slots, based on the length of the car. Once a slot has been identified, the driver stops and puts the car in reverse thereby activating the automated steering. The driver, assisted by the front and rear Ultrasonic Park Assist sensors (UPAs), remains responsible for accelerating and braking while the car steers itself into the parking space. The maneuver can be interrupted at any time by braking or simply taking over the steering wheel.

"Park4U is the latest example of a Valeo innovation in the area of Driving Assistance and will contribute to easier and more comfortable city driving", said Valeo's Chairman and CEO, Thierry Morin.

This intuitive and affordable technology developed by Valeo, world leader on the global UPA market, uses a specific electronic control unit in conjunction with 10 ultrasonic sensors (four mounted in the rear bumper, four in the front bumper and two in the front wings for parking slot measurement). The system works with both manual and automatic transmissions.

About Valeo

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for cars and trucks. Valeo ranks among the world's top automotive suppliers and employs 72,900 people in 134 plants, 69 R&D centers and 9 distribution centers in 28 countries.
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