Continental, HERE to collaborate on intelligent transportation

Automotive supplier Continental has teamed up with HERE – a location-based services subsidiary of Nokia – on the development of new automated driving and intelligent transportation systems.

The companies say their collaboration will initially focus on developing precise map technology for Continental’s (Hannover, Germany) Electric Horizon platform, allowing a vehicle to accurately pinpoint its position on the road.

Using highly detailed maps, vehicles will be able to react automatically to shifting circumstances, such as changing speed limits, according to the companies.

Continental and HERE (Helsinki, Finland) say the technology will enable “enhanced anticipatory driving”, resulting in major improvements for drivers in terms of comfort, efficiency and safety.

They want the solution to form the basis of Highly Automated Driving functionality, which Continental hopes to install in vehicles rolling off assembly lines by 2020.

They also believe their collaboration should pave the way towards the development of other intelligent transportation systems.

“With the connected Electronic Horizon, vehicle manufacturers will be able to reduce their vehicles’ CO2-footprint by at least two grams per kilometer,” said Ralf Lenninger, the head of interior electronics solutions for Continental. “In addition, exact map data will make the driving experience more enjoyable and safe by providing useful information about road congestion so that drivers can predetermine alternate routes, as well as a way to adapt future LED headlight functions to the road ahead."

HERE says that providing an accurate representation of roads and the vehicle environment is essential for automated driving and other advanced driving solutions.

“With our superior HERE LiDAR technology, rich data analytics and ability to integrate ‘dynamic’ events, HERE is uniquely positioned to provide the highly accurate and always-fresh 3D maps required to enable such an experience,” said Ogi Redzic, the vice president of connected driving for HERE.