Auburn Hills-based Continental Debuts Fifth-Generation Radar Sensors for Autonomous Driving


Auburn Hills-based automotive technology supplier Continental today announced the fifth generation of its short and long range radar sensors, which will enter series production in 2019. The sensors cater to vehicle manufacturers’ varying requirements and electrical-electronic architectures for emerging autonomous vehicle technologies.

The sensor resolution uses 77 GHz technology that can detect smaller objects with greater accuracy. Short-range radar assists with more precise parking functions, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

“With the fifth generation of our … radar sensors, we are opening new opportunities for modern advanced driver assistance systems,” says Amit Kapoor, head of advanced driver assistance systems at Continental North America. “In particular, the elevation measuring capability of our radar sensors allows the most varied of objects, even relatively small objects, to be detected more precisely.”

Continental’s radar sensors are based on radar technology that benefits from nearly 30 million units in series deployment to date. One of the fifth generation’s features is higher resolution sensors that allow for a more exact snapshot of the current traffic situation, including road boundaries like curbstones and the end of traffic jams.

To meet increasing global demand, Continental continues to expand its production capabilities. Production of long-range radar sensors was launched in Shanghai in October, and the sensors are produced in the U.S., Germany, and the Philippines.

In turn, the latest offering provides a long-range radar scan of up to 900 feet, with an opening angle of at least 60 degrees, both of which are advances from the current technology.

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