Continental develops anticipatory, virtual sensor ‘eHorizon’

Continental has developed a function that enables cars to take pre-emptive action against potential risks. Thanks to matched sensors, data processing, and assistance systems, the vehicle knows exactly how fast to travel to ensure a journey that is both speedy and safe.

The Road Condition Observer, for example, uses the systems already present in the vehicle, such as the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and camera systems, to classify the road conditions as dry, wet, very wet (risk of aquaplaning), snow-covered or icy. The Road Condition Observer continuously transmits the friction coefficient data in near-time to the, where information on the friction coefficients of other vehicles as well as weather data, such as temperature and precipitation, are also collected. Also in the cloud, eHorizon processes the data collected from the entire vehicle fleet with the aid of artificial intelligence and other technologies, which again increases the reliability of the predictions. Continental uses artificial intelligence to create models which are able to detect road objects and predict arising hazardous situations.

“Think of the eHorizon as an additional, virtual sensor that networks data from various different sources, assess it intelligently and relays it to other vehicles. We are thereby taking road safety to a new level under all conditions,” says Anton Klöster, eHorizon product manager at Continental.

Today, eHorizon is already available in commercial vehicles, successfully supporting truck drivers in achieving better fuel economy and enabling automated driving functions. However, evaluation of the road conditions is entirely new. In the future, as soon as it is possible to use the data from the Road Condition Observer to create dynamic friction coefficient maps, eHorizon will include this new information in its calculations for greater road safety and comfort.

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