Continental and Vodafone Join Forces for Road Safety

Road safety
Road safety

Joins Continental and Vodafone For Road Safety; Continental, one of the world's largest international suppliers of tires and original equipment, has successfully collaborated with telecommunications giant Vodafone. Announcing the first results of the innovation partnership at the 2019 World Mobile Congress (MWC), the two companies showed how thousands of traffic accidents can be prevented each year thanks to new communication technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and Mobile Edge Computing (mobile border computing). The system, which protects, improves road safety and acts as a digital shield, is scheduled to begin mass production at the beginning of 2020.

Continental and Vodafone shared the first fruits of innovative collaborations with the public at the 2019 World Mobile Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, ​​Spain. Two companies announced that they will work together to increase road safety last year; With the most advanced communication technologies like 5G, (C-V2X) technology and Mobile Edge Computing (mobile border computing), it will help protect everyone in traffic better. 5G technology ready tests are carried out under real conditions at Vodafone's 5G Mobility Laboratory in Aldenhoven, Germany. In the beginning of 2020, it is planned to start mass production based on these technologies.

Although the loss of traffic experienced as a result of better security and support systems has decreased over the years, the number of traffic accidents is increasing. Vulnerable people in traffic are the ones most affected by this situation. For example, according to the German Federal Statistics Bureau data in 2017, approximately a quarter of those who died in traffic accidents are cyclists and pedestrians. In the same year, more than 30 bikes lost their lives due to the return of trucks and buses on their way.

Continental Chassis and Safety, and Infotainment and Connectivity Group President Johann Hiebl“We work continuously every day to reduce the risks that vulnerable people may encounter in traffic” says. “For this purpose, we ensure that vehicles connect with each other and their environment in the best possible way. 5G, C-V2X, Mobile Edge Computing communication technologies, such as communication, allows many people to communicate with each other at the same time, bringing us closer to our target. Together with Vodafone, we can revolutionize road safety. ”

Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter“We are getting closer and closer to realizing our vision of a world without death, accident and congestion in traffic. After successful tests with our partner Continental, we can see cars that offer more safety to everyone in traffic on our streets since the early 2020s. Cars are real via mobile zamIt will become wheeled smartphones with sensors and cameras that communicate instantly, alert and protect us against dangers. "says.

5G & Co. offers brand new opportunities to prevent accidents

Providing up to 10 gigabytes of bandwidth per second, 5G is true zamIt enables applications such as instant video streaming. C-V2X mobile communication technology harnesses the full potential of connected and intelligent mobility by combining direct and network-based communication between vehicles, infrastructure and vulnerable people in traffic.

One of the application scenarios explored by Vodafone and Continental is the digital security shield. Pedestrian bicycle and pedestrians smart phone; automobiles have a communication module, a special V2X module. They can share their location and navigational directions via the mobile network base station. The system gives a warning when it detects a dangerous crossing of roads. The system is also able to protect cyclists from dangerous accidents that occur as a result of turning vehicles on their way.

In addition, cameras placed in the vehicle and network-side AI Mobile Edge Computing (mobile border computing) recognize the behavior of pedestrians and cyclists, providing more protection for them. These technologies can detect, for example, a child suddenly running into the road after the ball or a person lying on the street. However, for the data produced, it is not just smart evaluation but the same zamLightning-fast data transfer is required in the millisecond range at the moment. This calculation is possible with the combination of 5G technology and Mobile Edge Computing (mobile edge computing). Small 5G data centers with very short access times close to base stations make analysis almost real with the help of artificial intelligence. zamIt allows it to be done instantly. If the situation is really dangerous, a warning is sent to the detected vehicle and other people in the vicinity.

Mobile Edge Computing also reduces the computational burden of the vehicle and top-level data centers. In this way, there is no need for expensive circuits in vehicles. Hieble“We tested this system at the 5G Mobility Lab and the results are promising”says.

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Tests also confirm that new communication technologies can be used to create video barriers to traffic. The system uses camera images of one of the vehicles in front to alert the rear vehicles to oncoming traffic, for example, before overtaking on rural roads.

Another application offered by Continental and Vodafone in Barcelona is the traffic jam warning system. Vehicles approaching the end of congested traffic are informed about obstacles long before they get there. In this way, speed can be reduced in less time and dangerous emergency braking can be prevented.

Many of these functions tested by Vodafone and Continental can be implemented immediately with the existing LTE network, which provides higher data transfer rates over the planned coverage area. Talking about LTE Advanced or 4.5G, developers call their solutions "ready for 5G technology." LTE and 5G technologies are critical in the future, across vehicles. zamComplement each other in the best possible way in traffic to ensure instant communication.

About Continental:

Continental develops leading technologies and services for the sustainable and connected mobility of people and their products. The technology company founded in 1871; offers safe, efficient, smart and economical solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Having achieved a turnover of 2018 billion Euros in 44,4, Continental employs more than 61 thousand employees in 244 countries.

About Tire Section:

Continental Tire Division has 24 production and development centers worldwide. This department, which is one of the leading tire manufacturers with approximately 54 thousand employees, sold 2017 billion Euros in 11,3. Continental is among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a wide range of products for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and two-wheelers. Continental through continuous investment in R&D; contributes to a safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the tire division includes services for tire trade and fleet applications and digital management systems for commercial vehicle tires.

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As one of the largest truck, bus and industrial tire manufacturers worldwide, Continental operates with a wide range of products, services and solutions that are constantly evolving and growing.

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