• The environment model is a core component of automated driving.
  • The High Resolution 3D Flash LIDAR surrounding sensor enables real-time 3D machine vision without mechanically moving components.
  • Central control unit: Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit (ADCU) as a platform for complex vehicle surroundings models.

Las Vegas, USA, January 4, 2017. A basic requirement for sophisticated advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving is the ability to reliably perceive vehicle surroundings and evaluate them accurately on-the-fly. The international technology company Continental is working on the next generation of an environment model that will deliver a seamless, true-to-life, 360-degree view of the entire vehicle’s surroundings. To allow automated vehicles to assume control from drivers, the vehicle must continuously acquire, process, and interpret data, while also acquiring and building up contextual knowledge. This is the only way to achieve sophisticated levels of automated driving that are able to master anything from straightforward freeway driving to the highly complex urban environment. A reliable environment model requires a range of information, for example of other traffic participants, of static objects such as road boundaries, of the vehicle’s own precise location, and of traffic control measures. “In order for the system to acquire this information step-by-step, a range of sensors such as radars, cameras, and Surround View systems are needed. The aim is to achieve an understanding of the vehicle’s surroundings which is as good as or better than a person’s own understanding. More range, more sensors, and the combination of acquired data with powerful computer systems will help to sharpen the view and is the key to achieving a consistent view of our surroundings,” said Karl Haupt, Head of Continental’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business unit.

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