Continental, HERE jointly drive towards the electronic horizon

January 14, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier Continental and map services provider HERE will collaborate to make the connected car a reality. The developments will focus on the 'electronic horizon', future functionality for automated driving and intelligent transport systems. The collaboration agreement was announced at the North American International Auto Show currently going on in Detroit.

The joint efforts will start with the development of a highly accurate map technology for the electronic horizon, a concept that enables the vehicle to adapt driving style early to the geography, i.e. the vehicle will automatically take "the foot off the gas pedal" when it approaches a curve or a stretch wit a declining gradient and vice versa in anticipation of an incline. The electronic map technology to be developed will enable vehicles to determine its position on the road at an accuracy of 10 to 20 cm (or 3 to 8"). These maps will contain a number of additional information - exact data of the lane geometry, variable speed limits or passage restrictions. These joint developments will support an anticipating driving style, resulting in better comfort, fuel efficiency and safety, the companies said. In addition, the data will be fed to the LED headlight control.

Continental intends to offer a comprehensively connected solution for the electronic horizon based on the HERE data along with cloud-based services. In addition, this solution will also be one of the cornerstones of automated driving functions to be implemented from 2020 onwards.

The collaboration between the two companies will also extend to the development of intelligent transport systems. Both companies believe that the introduction of intelligent transport systems will take place in several steps with automated driving being one of them.

The collaboration announced in Detroit is by no means new to the two partners. HERE, a division of Nokia, assists Continental for almost two decades in integrating automotive electronic systems including hardware, software, services and cloud solutions with HERE's core competencies being in the field of digital maps and location-based services for automotive applications.

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