"The vehicle of the future will be a sensing, planning and acting computer on wheels. It will react to the vehicle’s condition and environment, predict the behavior of other road users and compute vehicle dynamics. This requires nothing less than the full computational horsepower of an AI supercomputer," said Continental CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhardt following the announcement that Continental and NVIDIA are now working to develop a highly automated driving platform ranging up to Level 5. Vehicles at this level have no pedals or steering wheel.
The first milestone, however, is to create a highly automated vehicle system that doesn’t need to be constantly monitored by the driver. The scheduled completion date for this development stage, known as Level 3, is 2021. Planned features include 360-degree perception, automatic lane changing and the ability to merge in traffic. The system will also integrate HD maps to ensure the vehicle knows precisely where it is at all times. The self-driving solutions are to be based on the NVIDIA DRIVE platform, which includes the Xavier system-on-a-chip, the DRIVE OS operating system and DRIVE AV software stacks. Continental, on the other hand, is contributing its know-how in system and software engineering for ASIL D-rated safety systems. What’s more, the solutions will feature Continental sensor technologies, including radar, cameras and its High-Resolution 3D LiDAR.
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