Continental’s radar system – developed for driverless vehicles – is being piloted with Easymile’s EZ10 autonomous shuttles in Michigan.
Its sensors can detect a vehicle’s environment within a radius of up to 200 meters. The shuttles will be equipped with a total of seven radar sensors, as well as laser sensors and cameras. This allows the location to be precisely determined and, at the same time, early detection of obstacles and potentially critical situations.
Continental and EasyMile are set to implement the pilot deployment of autonomous shuttles on the grounds of Oakland University in Michigan. The pilot will begin in late August and last up to six months.
Andree Hohm, Director of Driverless Mobility at Continental. says: “The technological building blocks that enable robo-taxis to operate are available in principle and have been tried and tested in practice. However, we now have to intelligently, safely, and efficiently put them together to form an overall picture.”
He adds: “Customers developing driverless mobility systems should be able to draw from a wide array of high-performance products and solutions with Continental. We are setting the course for that. At the same time, our global activities are addressing local particularities.”
Michigan’s PlanetM mobility initiative, which helps companies test their technologies for future mobility, will support the pilot with a grant.
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