The equipment in Continental's research
vehicle differs from the laser sensors and tailor-made actuators in
other highly-automated or autonomous vehicles, in that it is especial.
"The vehicle is able to use close-to-production sensors and logic to
detect more complex scenarios and, consequently, is able to relieve
drivers of the tedium of monotonous activities, such as driving in
traffic jams, by automating," said Matthias Strauss, project engineer
for advanced driver assistance systems in the Advanced Engineering
department in Continental's Chassis & Safety Division.
Such traffic jam scenarios were also
driven during the test. In situations which exceeded the current
capabilities of highly-automated driving, such as where road markings
could not be detected or if the bends were too tight, the system
switched itself off and the driver had to resume control of the vehicle.
If the driver failed to react, the vehicle's speed was gradually reduced
until it came to a stop.
Continental's sites in Frankfurt, Germany,
and Auburn Hills in Michigan, USA, have combined their know-how so as to
develop and test the system further. In the next step, the gained
experiences will help to enhance advanced driver assistance system
availability. The results also represent an important step on the road
toward realizing the vision of accident-free driving.
(March 25, 2012)