Continental’s researchers and developers in Europe, North America and Asia are working to make proven series production technologies suitable for use in robo-taxis. Already this year, Continental’s technology for driverless vehicles will be in production for the first time in French company EasyMile’s EZ10 autonomous shuttle. Driverless robo-taxis will become an important part of mobility in urban centers, helping reduce traffic congestion and increase efficiency, claims the company.
For a robo-taxi to drive autonomously, it must first detect its surroundings reliably, accurately, and completely. It does this using vehicle surroundings sensors such as cameras, radar, and lasers. With the aid of the CUbE, Continental has developed a production-ready radar system especially for driverless vehicles. The vehicle can generate a 360-degree image of its environment by combining data from different sensor technologies. This, in turn, ensures redundancy and a higher level of accuracy not previously achieved, because the radar systems function independent of visibility conditions and can even see through objects such as parked cars and detect the street corner behind them. The central development platform for this work is the CUbE, a small driverless shuttle based on the EZ10 platform. The aim is not to develop the CUbE into a production vehicle, but to get a range of Continental technologies, such as brake systems and surroundings sensors market-ready so that they can be used in the series production of robo-taxis.
Continental technologies such as ABS, radar, and redundant brake system are used in series production for robo-taxis for the first time - its global development network adapts the series technology to the needs of driverless vehicles and with the CUbE development platform, real-world tests are being conducted in a wide range of application areas for technology developmentTailor-made technologies for customers developing driverless mobility systems.
Andree Hohm, Director of Driverless Mobility at Continental, said customers developing driverless mobility systems should be able to draw from a wide array of high-performance products and solutions with Continental.