Knorr-Bremse, Continental tie-up for highly automated driving in CVs

Continental and Knorr-Bremse have entered into a partnership to develop a complete system solution for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles. The cooperation includes all functions for driver assistance and highly automated driving. The system consists of environment recognition, driving planning and decision-making, as well as the control of the actuator systems in the vehicle (such as steering and brakes) and human-machine interaction. The latter includes the exchange of information between man and vehicle. The cooperation between the world market leader for brake systems and leading supplier of subsystems for rail and commercial vehicles and the Hanover-based technology company will initially involve automated convoy driving (platooning). Knorr-Bremse will offer the complete system to commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe, North America and Asia. From the beginning of 2019, the joint platooning demonstrator, a convoy of three coupled trucks from different manufacturers, will demonstrate its capabilities to selected customers.

“At the moment, the public is more aware of the use of automated driving in cars. However, we see great potential in making the intensively competitive freight transport sector significantly more efficient and, above all, safer. Continental and Knorr-Bremse are two specialist companies which are at the forefront of their respective market segments and which complement each other perfectly with their portfolios. In Knorr-Bremse, we have a partner with the expertise of a proven commercial vehicle specialist company which has in-depth knowledge of safety-critical systems,” said Frank Jourdan, Member of the Executive Board of Continental and Head of the Chassis & Safety Division.

“With this partnership, Knorr-Bremse and Continental are creating the first-ever total system for highly automated driving in the commercial vehicle sector. The components of our jointly developed and pre-validated systems are very well matched to one another and considerably reduce the effort and complexity of integration on the part of the manufacturers. In the future, Knorr-Bremse will provide customers with these turnkey solutions for automated driving from a single source,” said Dr Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG.

At the IAA Hanover, the partners Knorr-Bremse and Continental will present a film demonstrating platooning, giving visitors a realistic impression of the new automated functions in actual driving practice. The joint platooning demonstrator is expected to showcase its capabilities to selected customers at the beginning of 2019.

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport.

Knorr-Bremse is the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems. For more than 110 years the company has been the industry innovator, driving innovation in mobility and transportation technologies with an edge in connected system solutions.

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