World News: Continental launches new driver assistance systems

World News: Continental launches new driver assistance systems

The Automotive Systems Division of Continental AG plans to launch a series of new driver assistance systems with crucial safety functions.

Lane Departure Warning with sensory alarm
The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) camera passes precise information about the immediate area ahead of the vehicle to an electronic unit, and the system uses steering wheel or seat vibrations to alert the driver should he unintentionally stray from his lane.

LDW will be installed for the first time in 2007 in a European manufacturer's vehicle.

Closing Velocity sensor
Continental has developed the infrared-based CV (Closing Velocity) sensor, which monitors activity directly in front of the vehicle. This information can be used to brake the vehicle automatically at low speeds. The system functions independently of other sensing systems; it does not need to be linked to the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and can be adapted to further performance requirements at an acceptable cost.

The CV sensor will make its first appearance in a European vehicle in 2008.

Radar sensors
As the pioneer of radar-based ACC, Continental has been continuously developing radar sensor technology. The most recent development is the Full Speed Range ACC for proximity-based cruise control in the 0-210 km/h range, and an international vehicle manufacturer has now commissioned Continental to develop a system offering even higher performance.

When production starts in 2009, the system will be able to determine the precise position of the roadside and categorise any objects it perceives, allowing smooth and seamless system interventions.

Camera sensors
In 2009 there will be a series-production-ready camera sensor capable of supplying a range of valuable data by precision recording of the vehicle's wider surroundings as well. This will allow the implementation of intelligent light systems, able to provide optimum road illumination for different driving conditions.

The camera and image editing electronics are also sufficiently high-performance so that LDW systems can be supported and road signs recognised.

Interlinked camera and radar
Camera and radar sensors will also be interlinked as part of a joint development project between Continental and a major vehicle manufacturer, the aim being to produce a system that will clearly identify potential danger and enable appropriate responses to be made. The introduction and networking of functions such as pre-tensioning safety belts, repositioning seats further forward or closing side windows and pre-charging brakes or partial braking can the take place automatically.

These Safe Systems will also permit full automatic emergency braking, as opposed to the current 40% of the potential braking power.

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