The active safety system designed to counter the acquaplaning phenomenon enters a new phase that will allow to design and create a new prototype fully integrated in a Audi A6 car. The new prototype will be developed following all the automotive standards, thanks to the support of two leading companies in the automotive field such as Italdesign and Bosch.
EasyRain, the innovative tech company active in the technology applied to road safety, announces the partnership with Italdesign and a brand new collaboration with Bosch Mobility Solutions to continue the development of its new “A.I.S.” system (Aquaplaning Intelligent Solution), the innovative active safety system designed to reduce the acquaplaning phenomenon.
This is an important step that marks the transition to a new growing phase for the company and for the device that allows to significantly reduce one of the main risk factors for road safety in case of driving on a wet surfaces, giving a strong contribution to the safety of self-driving cars in the future too.
Aquaplaning is in fact a very common phenomenon while driving and the cause of a large number of car accidents every year, about 50% of accidents occur on wet roads.
According to the European Road Safety Observatory, during 2018 there were 2,418 deaths in road accidents with rain conditions, 283 of which occured in Italy.
The new collaboration will allow EasyRain to be able to take a decisive step forward in the development of the AIS, allowing the transfer of all the know-how gained over the years of research in the development of a TRL7 prototype fully integrated into the car, thanks to the support of important partners such as Italdesign and Bosch.
A new automotive prototyping phase, which is expected to last until half of 2021, will lead to the definition of a level B prototype that will be integrated on an Audi A6 car.
“Our mission is to increase road safety, our belief is to save lives: this is what we have been working on for years. We are very proud and excited to have signed a very important agreement with two leading companies in the automotive sector such as Italdesign and Bosch, who believe in the strength of our project as well as in the positive impacts that our solution may have on improving road safety” says Giovanni Blandina, EasyRain CTO. “Thanks to the fruitful collaboration with Italdesign, we have scrupulously worked to find the necessary solutions to bring our research into an automotive product. With the new entry of Bosch as well, not only have we been able to create an incredibly motivated and enthusiastic work team, but we have undertaken this new phase of development, aware of the great technical challenges that lie ahead. At the end of this process we will be able show the final version of our A.I.S security system in order to demonstrate all its incredible potential and to finally let it be tested by car manufacturers”.
“Italdesign has always been synonymous not only of Italian style but, above all, technological innovation. The partnership with an Italian company such as EasyRain to develop an innovative device in the field of road security represents one of the strengths of our company” comments Antonio Casu, Italdesign CTO. “For more than fifty years we have been developing cutting-edge solutions and safety, both active and passive, has been the number one priority at the base of our daily activities. The development of the EasyRain A.I.S. system is fully part of this philosophy and we are very happy to contribute to its development”.
“Safety has always been at the heart of Bosch Engineering’s activities, which is engaged in developing services and solutions for efficient, safe and connected mobility. Together with VHIT Spa, another Bosch Group subsidiary, Bosch Engineering supports EasyRain in the supply and development of prototype components. The collaboration with EasyRain confirms the Bosch commitment to zero-accident mobility, with the aim of simplifying driving and saving lives” says Andrea Maffiotto, Sales Manager Bosch Engineering Italy.
This new phase will be preparatory to test and validate the technical solutions that will be adopted in the following prototyping phase which will occupy the first half of 2021, at the end of which the system will be ready to face the industrialization phase.
What is A.I.S. and how it works
The “A.I.S” (Aquaplaning Intelligent Solution), is the active safety device designed to improve the safety of wheeled vehicles, countering a problem that has not yet been solved: the aquaplaning phenomenon.
It is the first active safety system in the world not to act directly on the car but to act on the surrounding elements. Once the installed software detects the onset of aquaplaning, an intelligent water injection removes excess water on the tarmac immediately restoring grip, thereby improving vehicle performance and safety.
The system is compatible with all vehicles and can be integrated with all modern driver assistance systems and with all intelligent sensors.
More information on: https://www.easyrain.it/
EasyRain is an Italian tech company based in Rivoli (To), aimed to improve the safety of any wheeled vehicle, thanks to an intelligent system of fluid jets – A.I.S. Aquaplaning Intelligent Solution – able to counter the phenomenon of aquaplaning, a problem that is not currently faced by any other safety device. EasyRain has widespread patent protection.
More information on: https://www.easyrain.it/
Italdesign is a company providing, for more than five decades, integrated services of design, engineering and production for the transportation industry, through to final testing and homologation activities, as well as assistance to the Start of Production and the design of complete business models. Italdesign is based in Moncalieri, Torino, Italy and today counts up to 1,000 employees in Italy, Spain and abroad. Since 2017, the company has launched two additional businesses: a dedicated unit to design, develop and produce ultra-limited vehicles for all OEMs worldwide and a business unit opened to the concept of Mobility as a Service and named Mobility Solutions
More information on: www.italdesign.it
About Bosch Mobility Solutions
Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 46.8 billion euros in 2019, and thus contributed 60 percent of total sales from operations. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of personalization, automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.
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Easyrain @ Minardi Day 2019
Domani Sabato 27 e domenica 28 aprile l’Autodromo Internazionale di Imola ospiterà la quarta edizione della kermesse motoristica ideata dal manager faentino, e portata in pista insieme a Formula Imola.
Noi di Easyrain, da sempre impegnati nell’innovazione e sicurezza stradale saremo presenti in prima fila con il primo dispositivo anti-aquaplaning per auto e veicoli autonomi.
Esporremo la nostra ricerca a piloti, scuderie e tutti gli appassionati che visiteranno i box, paddock e terrazza per un tuffo nella storia del Motorsport tra oltre 30 monoposto F1 (si parte dalla Cooper Maserati T51 alla Scuderia Toro Rosso passando per le Minardi, Ferrari, Williams McLaren di Ayrton Senna, Tecno, Wolf, Tyrrell, Fittipaldi, Theodore, Arrows, Osella, Dallara, March), F2, F3, Gran Turismo, Prototipi come l’Alfa Romeo 33 TT 3 e le Lucchini Motorsport, le Lancia Martini, Lotus Elise oltre alla Supercar targate Pagani, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Dallara Stradale e Alpine che scenderanno in pista in entrambe le giornate.
E’ possibile acquistare i biglietti di ingresso – sabato 27/domenica 28 aprile o per l’intero fine settimana – attraverso TicketOne oppure direttamente in Autodromo. Il biglietto darà accesso al paddock e ai box dell’ Enzo e Dino Ferrari e alle manifestazioni presenti in autodromo oltre ad effettuare dei giri di pista a bordo di Auto Sportive guidate da piloti professionisti.
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Easyrain inaugura al Minardi Day una nuova fase di sviluppo
Easyrain, PMI innovativa nello sviluppo di sistemi di sicurezza ed impegnata a realizzare il primo dispositivo anti-aquaplaning per auto e veicoli autonomi, sarà presente il 27 e il 28 Aprile all’autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola in occasione della festa dello sport motoristico del Minardi Day.
L’aquaplaning è un fenomeno che, dalla nascita del veicolo a motore, è causa di sinistri, collisioni e incidenti troppo spesso mortali, sulle strade e sulle piste di tutto il mondo.
La partecipazione alla festa motoristica di Giancarlo Minardi, che in pochi anni ha visto crescere rapidamente il favore di un pubblico di appassionati e di operatori del settore, è innanzitutto un’occasione pubblica di rilievo nella quale presentare il nuovo prototipo, favorito dal contributo di ulteriori risorse finanziarie, che ha permesso l’apertura del nuovo centro di R&D a Rivoli e che sarà seguito a breve dall’annuncio di imminenti e importanti novità.
Easyrain è in assoluto il primo progetto di ricerca che partecipa all’evento del Minardi Day. Il proposito è quello di dare un messaggio forte per il futuro della sicurezza di guida:
il dispositivo anti-aquaplaning segnerà un punto di svolta nel miglioramento prestazionale dei veicoli garantendo una soluzione efficace fino ad oggi ancora rimasta irrisolta.
I benefici saranno importanti: l’obbiettivo finale è il superamento degli attuali confini di sicurezza. La possibilità di eliminare la perdita di controllo dei veicoli in marcia in condizioni atmosferiche avverse porterà ad una drastica riduzione degli incidenti sul bagnato sia su strada sia su pista.
Un ringraziamento caloroso all’amico Giancarlo Minardi che ci ha invitato e ci ospita al suo evento.
Il 27 e 28 Aprile ad Imola presso l’autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
Easyrain will be present at 2018 edition of Vehicle and transportation technology innovation meeting, the 27 and 28 of November. The VTM is is a new mobility technology event that brings together the vehicle and transportation community. We will present in the Intesa Sanpaolo stand ready to share the aquaplaning safety device solution.
Pordenone, 29 October 2018
Easyrain i.S.p.A, an Italian engineering startup company that develops advanced safety devices for the automotive market is happy to announce the onboarding of new investors to develop an innovative technology to address the problem of aquaplaning. The system under development drastically reduces the risk of often fatal accidents caused by aquaplaning while also increasing present-day safety levels in hazardous driving conditions, improving performance on wet asphalt. Its inventor, Giovanni Blandina, has designed and patented a car-integrated device consisting of injectors fitted in front of the tires and activated by control software with no need for additional sensors. The device can detect when the vehicle starts to plane and slides out of control on particularly wet road surfaces. Excess water is removed by means of high pressure’s jets of fluid, and with a fast reaction time, vehicle control is immediately restored. The system can be installed in any vehicle and is designed for all driving condition and it will also be recommended for autonomous vehicles. The new financial resources needed to complete the project through a capital increase in two € 5 million instalments come from two investors: Indaco Ventures I, a fund managed by Indaco Venture Partners SGR, the leading player on the Italian capital venture scene for investments in new technologies, and from Aldo Bianchi Vimercati, an entrepreneur with many years of experience in the automotive components and mechatronics sector. The project was launched at the Technological Hub in Pordenone and was then developed at I3P, an incubator for innovative companies at the Polytechnic University of Turin: tests and feasibility studies were conducted in team with the Faculty of Engineering at Polytechnic University of Milan and Turin. Easyrain has received many awards to date: among these, the Corporate Venture Forum Award 2015, Car Innovation 2016, Marco Polo Accelerator Program H-Farm & QWos2017, China Awards China Foundation 2017, and innovative company at the Frankfurt Automechanika Fair in 2016. In April this year, a scientific paper was published by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and the company was selected as one of the speakers at the Detroit WCX World Congress Experience, the leading and most prestigious scientific event for the international automotive industry.
“It is a pleasure for us to be part of this project” commented Alvise Bonivento, Investment Director at Indaco Venture Partners,” which is based on solid technological foundations and aligned to the Italian tradition of innovation in the automotive sector. We believe that the Easyrain solution has a great potential to reduce the number of accidents during adverse driving conditions and can therefore become a key to safer and increasingly more functional cars.”
For Giovanni Blandina, “For Easyrain this is a particularly important achievement that comes after years of hard work calling for increasingly greater efforts. The injection of new financial resources is the necessary lever for the company’s future development, as is the arrival of experts who strongly believe in and support the project, which is fundamental in achieving the ambitious objectives we have set ourselves. Of course, having created Easyrain from scratch and having overcome all the typical hurdles of a start-up over these years is a source of great satisfaction for me at this time. Focusing on the future, I am very grateful to everyone who helped us achieve this fundamental objective and to our new partners, Indaco Venture Partners and Aldo Bianchi Vimercati for having believed in the Easyrain project”.
For Aldo Bianchi Vimercati, “safe driving has been at the centre of attention of carmakers for years, becoming one of the crucial areas and it is where most of the research investments are directed in order to constantly improve standards. Over the years, car manufacturers and the general public increased their sensitivity towards more advanced technologies and new higher-performing devices and applications. We believe that this sensitivity is bound to grow further and, in this context, Easyrain will be able to offer a solution to a problem that is as yet unresolved.”
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