As a system supplier, Continental’s Driver Assistance Systems business unit develops and produces sensors, driving functions and control units for assisted and automated driving. The goal is to achieve accident-free driving – the Vision Zero. The foundation for this is formed by radar, camera and lidar sensors with the help of which 360° detection of the vehicle environment is possible. In Lindau on Lake Constance, the headquarters of the Driver Assistance Systems business unit, and at 20 other locations, experts from a wide range of disciplines are therefore working to make the automotive future safe and comfortable.
Automated driving is the future
Driver assistance systems are already helping to prevent accidents – or at least mitigate their consequences. They relieve the driver of the burden of his driving task and support him in the safe and efficient operation of his vehicle. Foremost among these is the emergency braking assistant, which is already widespread in many vehicle classes, or intelligent cruise control.
Automated driving will not lead to the often conjured up incapacitation of the driver. On the contrary, the networked and, if desired, automated car will make the driver even freer to use individual mobility. It will give them valuable time and room to maneuver as needed, while at the same time offering them every opportunity to enjoy driving even more.
In terms of technology, automated driving represents the evolution of the technology path already taken by driver assistance systems. Their consistent networking with driver information and drive systems is leading steadily toward automated driving.