Cities 2.0 White Paper - Paper - Page 8
Imagine you are sitting at a red light. The light turns
green, but the driver in front of you is distracted and
pauses for five seconds before moving through the
intersection, creating a domino effect that slows every
car that comes after and ultimately creating congestion.
This behavioral variability creates physical space that goes unused in
a specific moment in time. Inefficiency lives inside this space. What smart
cities seek to do is to eliminate this unused space through data. The
approach is similar to vacuum bags for clothes. Vacuuming out the air
in a bag of clothes reduces the area of space that those clothes inhabit,
creating a more efficient use of space. With intelligent mobility, the
approach is the same, but instead of vacuums, Continental engineers
are using code and data to eliminate dead spaces.
Continental is developing solutions that foster mobility intelligence,
ease traffic congestion and reduce accidents and pollution. These
solutions were on display at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019,
where Continental unveiled its pilot “Intelligent Intersection” in
Walnut Creek, California. First introduced as a concept at CES 2018,
Continental’s Intelligent Intersection is a real-world, end-to-end solution
comprising a sensor set, powerful sensor fusion algorithms to generate
a comprehensive environmental model and Infrastructure to Vehicle
Communication (I2V) to transfer valuable information between the
intersection and connected vehicles.
The solution makes it possible, for example, to warn an oncoming
driver about a crossing pedestrian outside the driver’s line of sight and
/ or the vehicle’s onboard sensors. Its data can also be used to control
signal changes, streamline traffic and reduce emissions and idling time
at intersections. The concept supports drivers in complex intersection
traffic scenarios and is integral to protecting vulnerable road users like
pedestrians and cyclists. Continental’s Intelligent Intersection also enables
the collection of information and statistics from intersections—often
congested, high-incidence zones—which can then be used for traffic
flow, safety and roadway design improvements.
There are a lot of moving parts involved in creating smart cities and
Intelligent Intersections. Continental engineers are working on everything
from automated driving to next generation sensors to city data centers
that will serve as the driving force for intelligent mobility.
“Over the years, I’ve worked on varied projects from
system modeling to active safety systems development
and automated driving. All this exposure to different
technologies helps me see alternative ways to make
the roads safer.”
Ganesh Adireddy - Algorithm Development Engineer at Continental.