Magna sys­tems in Maserati Le­vante

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Magna In­ter­na­tional Inc. is sup­ply­ing cam­era-based driver as­sis­tance sys­tems and all­wheel-drive com­po­nents in the new Maserati Le­vante, as the tra­di­tional Ital­ian sports brand en­ters into the lux­ury SUV seg­ment for the first time.

Magna’s EYERIS elec­tronic vi­sion sys­tem in­cludes a 360-de­gree sur­round view sys­tem. The front and side cam­eras are lo­cated in the ra­di­a­tor grill and out­side mir­rors, while the rear view cam­era is po­si­tioned above the rear reg­is­tra­tion plate. Un­like the pre­vi­ous ana­log gen­er­a­tion, the elec­tronic con­trol for the sur­round sys­tem op­er­ates based on dig­i­tal video data from the cam­eras.

Swamy Ko­ta­giri, Magna Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, said, “Work­ing with a pre­mium brand like Maserati and de­liv­er­ing in­no­va­tive ve­hi­cle sys­tems that the con­sumer in­ter­acts with is ex­tremely crit­i­cal to sup­port­ing our part­ner­ship and rep­u­ta­tion in gen­eral. Our abil­ity to im­pact two key ar­eas of the ve­hi­cle in terms of safety and per­for­mance is an ex­am­ple of our com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.”

The 8.4-inch touch screen mon­i­tor in the front con­sole of the ve­hi­cle of­fers two op­tions for high-res­o­lu­tion im­age dis­play: a split screen mode of­fer­ing the front and rear per­spec­tive (com­bined with a front and rear ul­tra­sound park­ing as­sis­tant), or a bird’s eye view with over­lap­ping dy­namic and static Guid­ance Lines and in­te­grated ‘door open’ warn­ing dis­play.

Other elec­tronic fea­tures on board the SUV in­clude a lane-de­par­ture warn­ing as­sis­tant, high-beam as­sis­tant and cam­era-based ob­ject de­tec­tion.

Magna, the largest in­de­pen­dent 4WD/ AWD sup­plier glob­ally, also pro­vides its driv­e­train tech­nol­ogy to the Maserati Le­vante. The fast-re­act­ing Ac­tima all­wheel trans­fer case with elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled multi-disc clutch pro­vides vari­able dis­tri­bu­tion of the drive torque be­tween the front and rear axles. De­pend­ing on the driv­ing con­di­tions and trac­tion, the sys­tem is able to vary the en­gine power re­serves from the stan­dard rear-wheel drive to a sym­met­ri­cal 50:50 dis­tri­bu­tion within 100 mil­lisec­onds. This re­sults in max­i­mum drive sta­bil­ity, driv­ing en­joy­ment and ac­tive safety.

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