The cooperation covers all functions for driver assistance and highly automated driving. The system includes environment recognition, timetable planning and decision making as well as control of the actuator systems involved such as steering and braking systems in the vehicle and human-machine interaction. The latter comprises the exchange of information between man and vehicle.
The cooperation between Knorr Bremse (Munich, Germany), the world market leader for braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, and the Hanover-based technology company will initially focus on platooning. Further development will be followed by automated driving in highway environments (Highway Pilot). In addition to system solutions, both companies will continue to offer their respective functionalities, components and subsystems individually on request, enabling them to respond flexibly to customer requirements. In future, Knorr-Bremse will offer the complete system solution to commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe, North America and Asia. The joint platooning demonstrator, a column of three interlinked trucks from different manufacturers, is expected to demonstrate its capabilities to selected customers from early 2019 onwards.
At the environment recognition level, Continental will supply the various radar and lidar sensors, cameras and connectivity technologies for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communication. Continental also provides the processing platform and algorithms to create a model of the respective environment acquired through the sensor data. Such a model is a central prerequisite for automated driving, because it enables the truck to orient itself in its environment: It recognizes objects and defines lanes, takes applicable rules into account, and uses connectivity to provide additional information that lies outside the sensors' range of vision. As part of the development partnership, Continental is also responsible for human-machine interaction, which makes communication between driver and truck possible.