Continental Follows Google by Testing Driverless Cars in Nevada


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.