Continental Teams With 3M Over V2I

Continental has announced it will team up with 3M in developing vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) to advance the smart city.

The program hopes to tie to the IoT all street relevant furniture including pavement markings, conspicuity film, signs and other landmarks on or near the roadway environment. It points out that current infrastructure lacks some aspects of consistency, uniformity, performance specifications and maintenance standards that are important for the industry to have compatible with autonomous vehicles.

Continental hopes to combine its history in automotive safety systems with 3M’s expertise in roadway technologies to work towards the goal of a “balanced and intelligent infrastructure”. At the same time, its short-term goal is to help increase road safety while continuing to work toward automated driving solutions.

The companies hope to evaluate the infrastructure and vehicle interface by using environmental landmarks for locating a vehicle on a high-definition map; identification and classification of objects in urban roadway environments including urban cross-walks, signaled intersections and other stationary and moving objects to improve safety; improved awareness of objects in and around work zones and the status of the work zones; and object detection using sensor fusion detectable infrastructure-related objects.

Ralph Lauxmann, head of systems and technology at Continental’s chassis and safety division, said: “A major focus at Continental is to ensure our vehicle technology is able to accurately, efficiently and effectively communicate with cities and road infrastructure. We are 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.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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