Right-turn assistant protects cyclists : Page 2 of 2

June 25, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Right-turn assistant protects cyclists
It is a standard situation in the encounter between cars and cyclists, and it still ends far too often fatally: A large part of the serious accidents of cyclists happens when the motorized road user turns off. Continental has now developed a radar that, as a core component of an assistance system, is designed to prevent such accidents.

The right-turn assistant supports the driver in the often confusing situation of right-turning and protects other road users who are in the area to the right of the vehicle. The new technology already meets the requirements of Euro NCAP safety scenarios from 2022: A further improvement in protection for pedestrians and cyclists.

According to an evaluation by Continental Accident Research, a right-turn assistant for passenger cars could help prevent 5 percent of all accidents involving killed or seriously injured cyclists in Germany (7 percent in Japan, 8.5 percent in the USA). In the truck sector, the installation of turn-off assistants will be mandatory for all new vehicle types throughout the EU from 2020.

This figures illustrate the urgency of this regulation: In Germany alone, 36 percent of all accidents in which a cyclist is killed could be prevented with the aid of the right-turn assistant for trucks.

Continental announced that it would use 77 GHz short-range radar technology sld to make high-resolution environment detection the basis for future assistance systems, especially in connection with automated driving. The data from the new radar generation can also be used, for example, to create an evasion assistant. In the event of a sudden evasive manoeuvre, this system allows the vehicle to be steered to where there is no danger of collision. Based on the all-round detection of the vehicle's surroundings, the avoidance assistant "knows" which other road users with which direction of movement and speed are in the vicinity and can influence the steering signals accordingly.

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