Driving Planner Software Enables Highly Automated Driving

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Source; Continental announcement

Frankfurt — Continental develops a groundbreaking technology solution for highly automated driving: Driving Planner, an intelligent software that enables complex driving maneuvers autonomously. What is special about the solution: It is already close to series production and can be used as early as 2024.

Continental is demonstrating that automated driving is not a visionary dream of the future or reserved only for drivers of premium vehicles with special equipment.

Key components – from the software to the required sensor systems – were developed by Continental.

“With our intensively tested technologies for automated driving conforming to everyday requirements, we are significantly promoting road safety,” said Frank Petznick, head of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit at Continental. “Our solutions show: Automated driving can already offer a big plus in safety and comfort if we support drivers in typical, often stressful driving situations with intelligent technology.”

Next Generation Driving Planner – automatically merges onto the highway

The Next Generation Driving Planner is an innovative software solution that enables highly automated driving from Level 3. This means that vehicles can master certain driving tasks independently and without driver intervention.

The software developed by Continental represents a significant leap forward in driving intelligence. The Driving Planner calculates precise decision-making variants from a wide range of sensor data in order to automatically master complex driving maneuvers on the highway or expressway.

To do this, the software can calculate traffic situations several seconds in advance and derive the optimum response from the vehicle. What is special about the new solution is that it calculates the combination of longitudinal and lateral movements in a harmonious, intelligent and closely timed interaction.

Individual systems available today – adaptive cruise control, lane change assistant – plan longitudinal and lateral movements independently of each other, for example, longitudinal movement with adaptive cruise control and lateral movement with lane change assistant. Continental’s Driving Planner now calculates the longitudinal and lateral movement together over a time horizon of several seconds. This enables the technology to master complex maneuvers of highly automated driving.

A typical example where the new system will be able to relieve the driver in the future is when entering a highway via the acceleration lane.

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The Driving Planner calculates this complex maneuver from radar sensor and camera data and makes the optimal decision. Further software modules take over the actual implementation of the calculated driving maneuver. The vehicle accelerates forward, merges into the ongoing traffic to the side and then picks up speed according to the traffic flow and other road users.

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