Continental, 3M to co-develop intelligent infrastructure technology
Continental and 3M announced a collaborative evaluation partnership to assess the infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) interface between infrastructure-related objects and technologies (including pavement markings, conspicuity film, signs, and other landmarks on or near the roadway environment), and vehicle-related technologies.
Continental says that while it is clear that infrastructure optimized solutions are not possible in the short term, the companies’ long-term goal is to find a more balanced solution—the short-term goal is to increase road safety while continuing to work toward automated driving solutions.
“A major focus at Continental is to ensure our vehicle technology is able to accurately, efficiently, and effectively communicate with cities and road infrastructure,” said Jeremy McClain, Head of Systems and Technology, Chassis and Safety, Continental North America. “We are excited to partner with 3M to collaborate on improving overall road infrastructure technology to help increase safety and awareness of the environments and obstacles we drive through daily.”
Continental and 3M say they will collaboratively evaluate the infrastructure and vehicle interface in the following ways: localization and correction services using clear environmental landmarks for locating a vehicle on a high-definition map; identification and classification of objects in urban roadway environments including urban cross-walks, signalized intersections, and other stationary and moving objects to improve safety; improved awareness of objects in and around work zones and the status of the work zones; and enhanced object detection using sensor fusion detectable infrastructure-related objects.
“Infrastructure plays a critical role in the safety of all road users, including vehicles with or without automated technologies, and vulnerable road users. At 3M, we are dedicated to improving transportation infrastructure and mobility so all road users can arrive at their destinations safely,” commented Dr. Daniel Chen, Vice President and General Manager, 3M Transportation Safety Division. “Our mission of road safety is proving to be more important as modes of mobility are changing and advancing. We are excited to collaborate with Continental on exploring infrastructure solutions that will help governments achieve their vision zero goals.”