Continental, the international automotive supplier, and HERE, a leader in mapping and location services, have announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan that their teams will intensify their collaboration in bringing the Connected Car to life, focusing on Electronic Horizon, future Automated Driving functionalities and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
Their joint efforts will begin with development of highly precise map technology for Continental’s Electronic Horizon platform that will enable your vehicle to continuously determine its position on the road to within 10-20 centimeters (3-8 inches). The maps will include a range of road information, including lane markings and connectivity, speed limit changes, no passing signs and more. Using this information, all types of vehicles will be able to comfortably react to shifting circumstances, such as changing speed limits, automatically. The technology will enable enhanced anticipatory driving, leading to improvement for drivers in the areas of comfort, efficiency and safety.
Continental aims to provide a complete end-to-end connected Electronic Horizon solution based on HERE data and cloud services to vehicle manufacturers worldwide. The solution will also be the basis for Highly Automated Driving functionality that Continental targets to have in vehicles rolling off assembly lines by 2020. With more than 26 million telematics units produced worldwide, Continental is already providing the necessary systems for connected vehicles.
The collaboration between Continental and HERE not only fits the development roadmap of both Continental and HERE in the area of Automated Driving but also paves the way for the advent of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Both companies believe that there will be many phases in the evolution towards connected Intelligent Transportation Systems, of which Automated Driving is one.
For nearly two decades Continental and HERE have jointly built navigation systems for the vehicle environment. Combining Continental’s expertise in automotive electronics system integration, including hardware, software, services and cloud solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) with the core competencies of HERE in the areas of automotive-grade digital mapping and location intelligence, both companies now jointly work on the future of car connectivity.