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Continental wants to prove the internet can lead to safer traffic by allowing cars to predict the roads ahead through data cloud communication.

The internet has become an essential part of our lives for some time, an addiction that follows us inside a car as well. But beside using it to check our emails and our Facebook page, it could prove an essential tool to increase road safety. The forthcoming autonomous technologies will definitely rely on the internet to link all the cars and to better guide them through traffic. Knowing the road ahead is key for more intelligent, safer and efficient vehicles. It is exactly what Continental want to prove by a demonstration during the Consumer Electronics Show next month. At the event, Continental will conduct two demonstrations based on the latest generation of its eHorizon software – the dynamic eHorizon – showing how data from the cloud can predict the road ahead, ultimately reducing fuel consumption and making vehicles safer. Both tests will take place on public roads in Las Vegas.

Utilizing the cloud and swarm-intelligence for real-time data, the Blind Curve Warning demo car will demonstrate how early notification and a better understanding of the road ahead increases general safety. If a vehicle or obstacle is a potential hazard to the driver, a visible warning will appear long before the driver or even the environmental sensors could recognize the trouble zone. This gives the driver ample time to maintain an informed and smooth driving experience even through ‘blind’ curves and hills. “Predictive driving is safe driving. This is what any driver learns in driving school. However, there are situations – for example an accident behind the next curve – which cannot be detected early enough by the human eye or the vehicle’s sensors,” said Ralf Lenninger Head of Innovation, System Development and Strategy at Continental’s Interior division. “With Continental’s dynamic eHorizon a driver will experience how we use information gathered by other vehicles to allow the car to see around the corner and subsequently warn drivers even before they could detect the situation themselves.”