Continental’s turn assist system RightViu can be retrofitted on heavy duty CVs to detect vulnerable road users by means of radar sensors and can be ordered from specialist retailers from summer 2020
Continental has introduced a radar-based turn assist system that can easily be retrofitted by fleet operators on their heavy-duty commercial vehicles fleet. RightViu can be quickly and easily fitted to vehicles as the radar is installed on the mount of the rear-view mirror, so no holes must be made in the vehicle body. The system uses the existing CAN bus in the vehicle. The only requirement is that the radar must be installed at a height of at least two meters so that it has the right detection range. This condition can be met by almost all buses and heavy trucks. Continental’s developers are currently working on a solution for light commercial vehicles that will also be radar-based.
The radar ensures the particularly reliable detection of other road users beside the vehicle. The monitored area is four meters to the side of the vehicle and up to 14 meters behind the front, so RightViu even exceeds the area required by the BMVI. VRU (Vulnerable Road User) software evaluates the information from the radar sensors. If a cyclist is within the coverage area, the driver is warned acoustically and visually. RightViu has received the General Operating Permit (GOP) and thus meets an important condition for public financial support.
Georg Kliewer, head of aftermarket products for special vehicles at Continental, the solution is ideal for detecting cyclists in the blind spot, distinguishing them from other objects, and avoiding serious accidents