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Another semiautonomous car not from Google but from Continental

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Cognitive Robots is also leading a project to include the semiautonomous part of the Cognitive Brain for Service Robotics into school buses, to increase safety. This news is related with this project. Very interesting!

By: David Arnouts on 3/26/2012

A vehicle that drives itself has been a fantasy for many drivers since they encountered their first traffic jam. While a fully autonomous car is not quite here, Continental—yes, the same company that makes tires—has an experimental semiautonomous vehicle that will eclipse the magical 10,000-miles-on-road mark this month.

Its unassuming Volkswagen Passat is fitted with a plethora of safety and technology systems that the company has been developing and tweaking over the course of the project.

Vehicles equipped with a short-range LIDAR (light detection and ranging) system and/or LIDAR with the addition of a camera were repeatedly able to stop prior to hitting obstacles during road tests, even from speeds of up to 45 mph. On approach, the LIDAR system works to identify potential obstacles. Once a “point of no return” is passed, the system engages the brakes and stops the car before impact, albeit with just inches to spare. Behind the wheel the incident is mostly drama-free—while the car stops suddenly, it isn’t the kind of sudden, violent stop that reminds you of a B-rated action film. There are no squealing tires and no locked brakes; just firm, controlled stopping.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120326/CARNEWS/120329871?utm_source=DailyDrive20120327&utm_medium=enewsletter&utm_term=missedarticle7&utm_content=20120326-Continental_developing_experimental_semiautonomous_vehicle&utm_campaign=awdailydrive

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