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Interview: Sonceboz Mechatronics Chief Herbert Trummer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 February 2010
“We are working on new solutions which contribute to reduce size and weight on the level of the drive system.”

Driving Vision News : Can you give us a few words on your education, your different jobs, and your current job at Sonceboz?
Herbert Trummer:
My technical background is Electronics and Software Engineering, supplemented with education in marketing and economics. I started my professional career as specialist for automation in a Swiss watch manufacturing company, followed by a management function at a company making for automation and motion-control systems. I’m with Sonceboz since 1999, and my current function is as head of the Mechatronics Division and member of the executive board.

DVN: Who are the financial partners in your company?
HT:
The Sonceboz group is a 100% family-owned company. So we have the privilege to be independent and to have short decision paths with competent owners who put a strategic focus on technological leadership for sustainable growth in the field of mechatronic drive systems.

DVN: And who are your main customers?
HT:
You will find solutions from Sonceboz for different automotive applications in cars of almost every important brand like Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Fiat, Opel, Porsche, PSA, Renault, VW etc. and also on cars round the world—even on the Tata Nano. Regarding automotive lighting, one of our main customers is Hella but we are doing business also with other Tier 1 suppliers.

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Editorial

Audi A8 Lighting & DA Tech Report Released PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 February 2010
Dear colleagues,

Two weeks after the publication of our comprehensive lighting analysis of the cars on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we now present a report totally focused on the Audi A8. Flagship of the VW Group range, the new 2010 A8 bristles with interesting and technically novel Lighting and Driver Assistance system innovations for safety, comfort and styling.

The Lighting systems featured in the A8 include:
-    Front lighting: the A8's new full-LED headlamps herald a new chapter in lighting technology with Xenon as standard, and either adaptive or LED lighting available as an option.
-    Rear lighting: very homogenous innovative lighting effect is obtained by 72 LEDs for each unit.
-    Interior lighting: dynamic functions, brightnesses and colours change in relationship with the environment and the driver's whim.

The Driver Assistance systems featured in the A8 include:
-    Audi Pre Sense
-    Adaptive Cruise Control
-    Lane Assist
-    Side Assist or Lane Departure Warning
-    Parking Assist
-    Speed Limit Recognition  
-    Night Vision

This report presents all these features in full details and includes an interview with Wolfgang Huhn, general manager lighting and vision systems.
It is certainly to be hoped that the substantial progress in DA shown on A8's premium car will quickly and efficiently filter down to less costly cars.

Sincerely yours

Hector Fratty,
DVN Editor

 
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