Continental contributes intelligent intersection technology for smart cities in US

  • Industry News
  • Dec 19,17
Technology company Continental is committed with its advanced driver assistance, Vehicle-to-X communications, and sensor technologies to turn today’s dangerous intersections into safer, more intelligent intersections.
Continental contributes intelligent intersection technology for smart cities in US

Intersections and T-junctions are notorious traffic trouble spots. Many accidents, which occur at intersections, are due to human error. Problems such as lack of attention, misjudging the situation, and occluded cars or other vulnerable road users account for many accidents and road fatalities worldwide. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 51% of all injury crashes and 28% of all fatal crashes in the United States occur at intersections. Technology company Continental is committed to addressing those horrific statistics with its advanced driver assistance, Vehicle-to-X communications, and sensor technologies to turn today’s dangerous intersections into safer, more intelligent intersections. The technology detects road users within a 360° perimeter of intersections and communicates the position and movement of these objects to all approaching vehicles, which are equipped with V2X technology.
 
The Continental intelligent intersection concept is an end-to-end solution: It comprises the complete sensor set for an intersection, the powerful sensor fusion algorithms which generate the environment model, and the Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) units, both at the intersection, and in the vehicle. One focus is on protecting vulnerable road users (VRUs) such as pedestrians and cyclists. Another focus is on supporting drivers in complex intersection traffic scenarios like preventing left-turning cars from running head-on into traffic that approaches from behind an occlusion.
 
The intelligent intersection technology was first demonstrated on a test track in October 2017 at Continental’s development center in Brimley, Michigan (MI). The next steps include a broader test roll-out and pilot implementation of the technology at an intersection in the City of Columbus, Ohio.
 
“We are proud to contribute our intelligent intersections technology to a highly innovative city like Columbus as our contribution to the US DOT’s Smart City Challenge,” said Jeremy McClain, Head of Systems & Technology Chassis & Safety, Continental North America. “Our solution is based on transferring and adapting vehicle-proven hardware and software solutions to an infrastructure application. Cities will be able to deploy this technology to increase safety for their citizens and visitors alike. In the longer term the technology can also serve to improve inner-city traffic flow, thereby reducing travel time and vehicle emissions.”

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