Continental’s urban safety curbside detection

Alzenau, Germany – I was at the Department of Motor Vehicles the other day and a little 16-year old girl was practically in tears. Clearly, she had failed her driving test. Her Father, was gently questioning what happened, “I don’t know, Dad, I thought I left enough room, but I hit the curb.” It sounds funny when you’re not 16 years old, but there is a certain spatial displacement one needs to be able to judge how much room needs to be between the corner and your turn.

Continental is creating sensors and software that see the curb, judge the amount of distance needed and know when to turn, when to park or when to stay away from a curb. Watch the video to see how far along Continental is in their journey.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.