Continental will show a series of future city technologies at the CES, Las Vegas, next month, including a demonstration version of its Intelligent Intersection solution. This integrates DSRC (dedicated short-range communications), data feeds from traffic and sensor fusion algorithms to create a model 3D view of an intersection. Oncoming drivers can be alerted of signal changes, to smooth out traffic flow, as well as warned of pedestrians, cyclists, other vulnerable road-users, or stationary vehicles outside their field of vision. Data can further be collected for research to improve safety, traffic flow and environmental impacts of the intersections. It is currently being trialled in Walnut Creek, California.
Continental’s City Fleet Management tool is aimed at electric car-sharing fleets: it enables user access via a mobile app and gives a digital platform for fleet operators, and electric vehicle deployment can be deployed according to charging needs and range. It allows for scenarios such as shared-use fleets – the example is given of cars used by office workers during the day and by a security company at night – and for monitoring, invoicing, payment and soforth. Trials are underway in Asia, the US and Europe.
Intelligent Street Lamp is an infrastructure concept for adaptive and remote-controlled lighting, to reduce lighting costs for local authorities; the connected and sensor-equipped lights can also provide data on traffic, parking and environmental conditions, and can be updated over-the-air. Continental suggests that they can identify free parking spaces and measure air or noise pollution levels, as well as detect critical situations on the street. City workers such as rescue or construction teams, meanwhile, can be equipped with Intelligent Wearables: clothes featuring smart textiles embedded with, for example, inductive-charged heating pads, or active LED lights to aid their on-street safety.
Continental will present the above technologies at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in the context of its overall smart city portfolio; the various solutions can be integrated, pooled and processed via its AI-enhanced City Data as a Service (CDaaS) platform, which can further support data from reservation, payment and routing systems, and inform services such as automated shuttle operation or smart parking.