Con­ti­nen­tal builds demo ve­hi­cle CUbE for driver­less mo­bil­ity

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The tech­nol­ogy com­pany Con­ti­nen­tal is us­ing its cor­po­rate ex­per­tise in au­to­ma­tion, new mo­bil­ity con­cepts, and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion to develop so­lu­tions for the ur­ban trans­port of the fu­ture and for a bet­ter qual­ity of life in cities.

Con­ti­nen­tal has built a demo ve­hi­cle to en­able driver­less mo­bil­ity, es­pe­cially in cities. The ve­hi­cle, named CubE (Con­ti­nen­tal Ur­ban Mo­bil­ity Ex­pe­ri­ence) will start its tri­als at Con­ti­nen­tal’s Frank­furt lo­ca­tion, which con­tains a typ­i­cal city in­fra­struc­ture such as street signs, cross-traf­fic, pedes­trian cross­ings and curbs, pro­vid­ing op­ti­mum con­di­tions for a com­plex and there­fore re­al­is­tic route.

Many as­pects of the tech­nol­ogy used in the ve­hi­cle are based on the driver as­sis­tance sys­tems and sen­sors that are al­ready in­stalled in to­day’s se­rial pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles, but new tech­nolo­gies are also used, such as the laser sen­sor. Based on this ex­per­tise, these sys­tems will be fur­ther de­vel­oped to con­trol the ve­hi­cle com­pletely au­tonomously.

“The tri­als will be used to iden­tify all the es­sen­tial tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments that en­able safe, driver­less pas­sen­ger trans­port in ur­ban ar­eas,” An­dree Hohm, Head of the Self-Driv­ing Car Project at Con­ti­nen­tal, said. “This helps us to find an­swers to ques­tions about our prod­uct strat­egy and to de­liver lead­ing tech­nol­ogy for in­di­vid­ual mo­bil­ity in the fu­ture – in­clud­ing driver­less sys­tems.”

The fu­ture of in­di­vid­ual mo­bil­ity in cities is au­tonomous and elec­tric, and it will be­come part of the shared econ­omy,” says Frank Jour­dan, Mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of Con­ti­nen­tal AG and Chair­man of the Chas­sis & Safety Di­vi­sion Man­age­ment Board. “This is why we’re de­vel­op­ing cross-di­vi­sional so­lu­tions for driver­less robo-taxis – and we will be start­ing with prac­ti­cal test­ing this year. Con­ti­nen­tal has there­fore ac­cess to an al­most com­plete prod­uct port­fo­lio of its own sen­sors, ac­tu­a­tors, con­trol units and com­mu­ni­ca­tion and net­work­ing tech­nol­ogy.”

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