Partnership to further develop I2V interfaces, improve overall road infrastructure technology; Continental and 3M to collaboratively evaluate infrastructure and vehicle interface in through four steps
Continental has announced that it has entered into a collaborative evaluation partnership with 3M to assess the infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) interface between infrastructure-related objects and technologies, and vehicle-related technologies. The infrastructure-related objects and technologies include pavement markings, conspicuity film, signs and other landmarks on or near the roadway environment, which assist in enhancing safety on roadways.
Current infrastructure lacks certain aspects of consistency, uniformity, performance specifications, and maintenance standards that are important for the industry to optimise the perception and localisation capabilities of automated vehicles, the company noted. Continental said that while it is clear that infrastructure optimised solutions are not possible in the short term, its long-term goal is to find a more balanced solution.
Continental has a history in automotive safety systems, and 3M is known for its innovative expertise and leadership in roadway technologies. This partnership will enable both companies to leverage on their strengths to improve the current transportation infrastructure and work toward the goal of a more balanced and intelligent infrastructure-optimised future solution. The short-term goal is to help increase road safety, while continuing to work toward automated driving solutions, the company observed.
Both companies collaboratively evaluate the infrastructure and vehicle interface in a number of methods, with the first being localisation and correction services using clear environmental landmarks for locating a vehicle on a high-definition map. The next step would be in identification and classification of objects in urban roadway environments including urban cross-walks, signalised intersections and other stationary and moving objects to improve safety. The third step includes improved awareness of objects in and around work zones and the status of the work zones. Finally, the last method would be in enhanced object detection using sensor fusion detectable infrastructure-related objects.
Ralph Lauxmann, Head of Systems and Technology, Chassis and Safety Division, Continental, said a major focus of the company is to ensure its vehicle technology is able to accurately, efficiently and effectively communicate with cities and road infrastructure. Continental is excited to partner with 3M to collaborate on improving overall road infrastructure technology to help increase safety and awareness of the environments and obstacles we drive through daily, he added.
Infrastructure plays a critical role in the safety of all road users including vehicles with or without automated technologies, and vulnerable road users, noted Dr Daniel Chen, Vice-President and General Manager, 3M Transportation Safety Division. He said that 3M is dedicated to improving transportation infrastructure and mobility so all road users can arrive at their destinations safely.