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This Collision Warning System Works in Real-Time, It's a Digital Guardian Angel in Traffic

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Continental describes its collision warning system as a digital guardian angel in traffic, protecting vulnerable road users. The system will be presented at this year’s ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems and Services) World Congress in Germany.
Over 15,000 industry experts will present their ideas during the 2021 edition of the ITS World Congress, which is going to take place in Hamburg, Germany, between October 11 and October 15. One of the many projects will be Continental’s collision warning system, and visitors will get the chance to experience it first-hand.

The collision system is being developed by Continental in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, Vitronic (a company that specializes in industrial image processing), and the City of Hamburg. Collision warnings are offered in real-time to road users using a smartphone. Users have to have a corresponding T-Systems app on their phones.

As explained by Continental, its system calculates the route over the next five seconds using GPS and speed data from cars and smartphones in a Telekom cloud computer in the immediate vicinity. Drivers can be almost instantly warned about imminent accidents as the system is integrated into the car’s functions.

Cloud connectivity is more effective in reaching and protecting a larger number of road users as the sensor technology used by Continental in previous stages of development didn’t manage to capture all the people around the car.

Continental calls its collision warning system a digital guardian angel, and it is meant to protect traffic participants that are more vulnerable, such as pedestrians, cyclists, scooter riders, and motorists. It aims to fulfill the company’s “Vision Zero” goal of achieving zero road accidents.

The solution is currently still in live tests as part of a pilot project in Hamburg. However, because it doesn’t require dedicated hardware, the solution can easily be integrated into urban mobile apps such as city transport providers.

Continental hopes its collision warning system will be available for mass roll-out starting with 2024.
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