Continental and partners unveil vulnerable road user ‘guardian angel’
Developed in collaboration with Vitronic and Deutsche Telekom, the technology demonstrated at the 2021 ITS World Congress attendees in Hamburg next week is expected to be available for mass roll-out in 2024.
Attendees of the 2021 ITS World Congress next week will be able to experience how a collision-warning system from Continental can act as a digital “guardian angel,” providing protection for vulnerable road users. The system, developed in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom, Vitronic, and the city of Hamburg, warns of collisions in real-time using a smartphone. For this, the Continental solution calculates possible routes in the future using GPS and speed data from cars and smartphones in a Telekom cloud computer in the immediate vicinity.
The system uses data from traffic objects in intersection areas detected by Vitronic, stop light data, and an accurate digital map provided by the city of Hamburg. The warning of an impending collision is sent in real-time via Deutsche Telekom’s low-latency network to road users with a corresponding T-Systems app on their smartphones. The solution is currently being tested live as part of the Hamburg real-life laboratory pilot project and is installed on the test track for automated and connected driving.
“For Continental, our Vision Zero (zero road accidents) has top priority when developing new products,” said