Continental Working on 3-D Flash Lidar, Central Control Unit for Autonomous Driving

IHS Global Insight

January 9, 2017

German automotive tier-1 supplier Continental is developing advanced technologies for self-driving capability such as 3-D Flash Lidar and central control unit for autonomous driving, according to a company statement. The company said that the high resolution 3-D Flash Lidar surrounding sensor enables real-time 3-D machine vision without mechanically moving components. Series production of 3-D Flash Lidar is scheduled to start in 2020.

"In order for the system to acquire this information step-by-step, a range of sensors such as radars, cameras, and Surround View systems are needed. This is why we are working on a High Resolution 3-D Flash LIDAR, which is ideal for fulfilling the strict requirements regarding vehicle surroundings monitoring. The sensor captures and processes real-time 3-D machine vision and does not contain any mechanical components," said Karl Haupt, head of Continental's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit. The Assisted and Automated Driving Control Unit (ADCU) that the company is working on evaluates and interprets the acquired data from the sensors and constructs a comprehensive surroundings model.

Continental has been focusing on all the major trends in the automotive industry such electro-mobility, connected cars and also the autonomous driving technology. The 3-D Flash Lidar and central control unit, which the company is showcasing at the ongoing 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the United States, has already been used in space exploration. The 3-D Flash Lidar expands Continental's portfolio of surroundings sensors for advanced driver assistance systems to support highly and fully automated driving in combination with other sensors. Continental said, "The goal is to offer a scalable product family for assisted and automated driving that meets the most stringent of safety requirements (ASIL D) by 2019." Continental is developing and producing the necessary components and systems for automated driving worldwide - in the US, as well as in Japan, China, and Europe.

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