Continental expands automated driving tests on the Autobahn

Continental is expanding its global automated driving development efforts with testing on the autobahn in Germany. Data collected in real traffic conditions on the German highway by Continental development experts will be utilized to further enhance sensors, vehicle computers, operating systems, and software for automated driving, particularly in JapanChina, the U.S., and Germany.

Autobahn, city, and parking – tripartite technology development

In addition to the production readiness of highly automated driving, Continental is also working toward the adoption of fully automated driving on the autobahn by 2025. Highly automated autobahn driving is designed to allow drivers to temporarily focus their minds on activities other than driving. With fully automated driving, this should be possible for sections of the route without the driver having to act as a fallback mode at all. With its test platform, Continental Urban Mobility Experience, the technology company tests systems for driverless robo-taxis in the city. Automated and autonomous parking is also being developed to be ready for production. The goal is seamless, automated mobility without accidents.

Next exit: highway

Having concentrated on automated driving on the autobahn in recent years, Continental is now embarking on the next step testing: the rather more complex highway. The planned routes include not only sections of the autobahn but also highways and routes through the city for subsequent test intervals.

Engineers in the driver’s seat of testing

Test engineers play a decisive role in all Continental developments. After the systems and algorithms have proven function in intensive simulations, the hardware and software components are installed in the test vehicles. Once installed, engineers observe the vehicle technologies first in the Continental’s test environments, then on public roads.

Sensor fusion sees more than any human being

The Cruising Chauffeur detects a lot more in road traffic than today’s drivers and passengers. By utilizing various systems, including multiple cameras as well as radar and lidar sensors, the technology offers the best possible reliability by day and night, in rain or fog. It’s able to do so by combining images that have been taken by separate cameras and the data from the sensors to create what is known as an environment model.

Source: Continental