Turn Assist Systems from Continental Protect Cyclists and Pedestrians
Short-range radar detects movement directions and speeds more precisely than before +++ Turn Assist helps drivers in the often-confusing situation of turning-off +++ Assistance systems for trucks, passenger cars and agricultural machinery
Important technology that will contribute to the realization of zero-accident road traffic of the future
Right-Turn Assist helps drivers in the often-confusing situation of turning-off to the right, as well as protecting other road users located in the area to the right-hand side of the vehicle. With this assistance system, Continental offers a further technology that will contribute to the realization of Vision Zero, i.e. zero-accident road traffic of the future. Furthermore, this new technology already meets the requirements of the Euro NCAP safety scenarios for 2022 onwards: further improvement in the protection of pedestrians and cyclists. According to an analysis of Continental’s accident research, a Right-Turn Assist system for passenger cars could help prevent five percent of all accidents in which cyclists are killed or seriously injured in Germany and seven percent in Japan (8.5 percent of all accidents involving cyclist fatalities in the US) and a further six percent of accidents in which cyclists suffer minor injuries.
The installation of cornering assistance systems in trucks will be mandatory across the EU for all new vehicle types from 2020 onwards. The figures clearly show just how urgent this regulation is. In Germany alone, 36 percent of all accidents in which a cyclist is killed could be prevented by installing Right-Turn Assist systems in trucks.
Short-range radar allows for more precise detection of vehicle surroundings
The new Continental new short-range radar represents the next development stage towards even more precise detection of the vehicle surroundings. This is a significant leap forward in development. In place of the 24 Gigahertz (GHz) technology used up to now, the new radar generation operates using 77 GHz technology. This means that the radar sensor detects the environment at a much higher resolution and level of accuracy than was previously the case. Consequently, it is able to detect other road users and obstacles much more precisely. Moreover, the 77 GHz sensor also detects movement directions and speeds more precisely than it was possible with the 24 GHz range previously used. In addition, the integration density has been further increased thanks to the new radar generation. As a result, the individual components of the system, such as the antenna and the radio-frequency (RF) chip, are now housed in a smaller installation space, rendering the sensor even more compact. This, in turn, makes it easier to install the system in the vehicle, even in confined places.
More Safety for Cyclists and Pedestrians
The Right-Turn Assist system for passenger cars makes turning-off significantly safer and provides welcome support for car drivers, especially in the confusing situations that sometimes occur in urban traffic. The new generation of radar sensors can detect a cyclist approaching from behind the vehicle on the right-hand side. Right-Turn Assist intervenes if the driver wants to turn right when the cyclist is just about to pass along the right-hand side of the vehicle. Drivers are not always able to recognize this risky situation, even when they look over their shoulders. If the radar sensors detect a cyclist in such a situation, they transmit an appropriate signal to the brakes and the car stops before the car and cyclist collide. Needless to say, this safety function also protects pedestrians and scooter riders.
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Whether truck, passenger car or agricultural machinery: Turn assist systems ensure safety mobility.