Marelli is set to unveil its ‘Lean’ and ‘Advantage’ platforms at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, scheduled for January 9-11, 2024.
The ‘Lean’ platforms from Marelli adopt a streamlined approach to hardware and software design, resulting in a reduction of parts, weight, and costs compared to standard products, while maintaining optimal performance. Systems based on the ‘Lean’ platforms are primarily pre-developed, allowing flexibility for automakers to customize specific features upon award. This modular platform strategy is targeted at entry-level vehicles, brands, and trim levels, catering to budget-conscious consumers and fleet buyers. The initial two systems to be introduced under this initiative are LeanLight and LeanDisplay, and they will be featured in the Design for Affordability section of Marelli’s suite.
Marelli is set to showcase LeanLight headlamp and rear lamp concepts at CES 2024, boasting up to 20% fewer components, a 20% reduction in weight, and a noteworthy 6kg decrease in CO2 emissions compared to conventional lamps. The introduction of a new injection moulding process contributes to the lamps’ lighter weight and reduced energy consumption, while an innovative surface treatment solution eliminates the need for a chemical coating, further enhancing sustainability.
Marelli’s LeanDisplay offers advanced local dimming performance at a more economical price point, along with improved sustainability features, including a 40% weight reduction, energy savings, and CO2 reduction compared to standard displays. This achievement is attributed to a design-for-manufacturing approach resulting in 60% fewer components, optimization of backlight technology through the integration of LEDs and proprietary lenses, and localization of the supply chain.
Marelli’s Digital Twin demonstrator, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), can replicate an entire vehicle cockpit in the cloud. This innovation facilitates the acceleration of design, testing, simulation, and the deployment of features over-the-air. The connected and virtualized cockpit represents one of Marelli’s initial market-ready solutions under the ‘Advantage’ platform. The cockpit is constructed on a containerized microservices architecture, allowing for independent and seamless upgrades of individual features without affecting existing functionality. This approach also supports hardware portable applications, a crucial aspect of software-defined vehicles.
Marelli emphasises its commitment to expanding its platform strategy, offering automakers solutions that are predominantly pre-developed yet flexible for customization. The ‘Advantage’ platform will see the development of additional connected systems, along with standalone software tools tailored for designers.