Continental Follows Google by Testing Driverless Cars in Nevada

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Auto­mo­tive sup­pli­er Con­ti­nen­tal is fol­low­ing Google’s lead by test­ing autonomous vehi­cles in Neva­da. Con­ti­nen­tal, like Google, has received the “Autonomous Vehi­cle Test­ing License” from the Neva­da Depart­ment of Motor Vehi­cles to test auto­mat­ed vehi­cles on pub­lic roads. It’s part of Continental’s strat­e­gy to invest in research and devel­op­ment for next gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies, tar­get­ed at a safer, more effi­cient, and more com­fort­able future.

“It’s clear to us that auto­mat­ed dri­ving will be a key ele­ment in the mobil­i­ty of the future,” said Dr. Elmar Degen­hart, chair­man of the exec­u­tive board of Con­ti­nen­tal. “As a sys­tem sup­pli­er, we are per­fect­ly posi­tioned to devel­op and launch series pro­duc­tion of solu­tions for par­tial­ly auto­mat­ed sys­tems for our cus­tomers by 2016.

We will be able to devel­op the first appli­ca­tions for high­ly and ulti­mate­ly ful­ly auto­mat­ed dri­ving, even at high­er speeds and in more com­plex dri­ving sit­u­a­tions, ready for pro­duc­tion by 2020 or 2025.”

Con­ti­nen­tal com­plet­ed dri­ving demon­stra­tion on Dec. 18 in Car­son City, Nev., for the state DMV’s Autonomous Review Com­mit­tee. The com­mit­tee approved the major auto­mo­tive supplier’s safe­ty plans, employ­ee train­ing, sys­tem func­tions, and acci­dent report­ing mech­a­nisms.

Once approved, Con­ti­nen­tal will receive its test­ing license and red license plant with an infin­i­ty sign – a sym­bol for the car of the future. The plate is eas­i­ly rec­og­niz­able by law enforce­ment and the pub­lic at large. If autonomous vehi­cles become com­mon in the short-term future, automak­ers and tier-one sup­pli­ers will have to work close­ly togeth­er to devel­op the new tech­nol­o­gy that meets offi­cial and pub­lic expec­ta­tions for safe­ty and reli­a­bil­i­ty.

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