Saving fuel through cloud data, pedestrian protection with AI

July 05, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier Continental has presented its highlights for the IAA for Commercial Vehicles motor show in September. The focus is on cloud integration and the use of AI for driver assistance systems.

The "electronic horizon", a driver assistance system that adapts the driving strategy to the topology and thus reduces the fuel consumption of trucks, has been around for some time. Now Continental is connecting the eHorizon with the cloud to tap even more savings potential. The Dynamic eHorizon will enable commercial vehicle drivers to optimize their driving strategy by providing real-time traffic data from the cloud. This enables truck drivers to save fuel even in slow-flowing traffic - up to two percent more compared to their predecessor, the static eHorizon. Test operation of the sensor system has already started.

Since 2012, Continental's static eHorizon has saved an estimated 830 million liters of diesel, or more than a billion euros, Continental claims In the dynamic version, as extensive simulations show, up to two percent more fuel savings will be possible in the future compared to the established technology. "The dynamic eHorizon takes into account not only the topology, but also events that are just taking place where the vehicle is moving on its route," explains Dr. Michael Ruf, Head of Continental's Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit.

The real-time data on the traffic flow are determined to provide an accuracy of 250 meters in longitudinal direction and being updated every 60 seconds. In the near future, the accuracy of the system will be further increased. Continental merges the data on its own backend with the route data and sends it via the mobile network to the control unit of the dynamic eHorizon.

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