Knorr-Bremse and Continental announced they have entered into a partnership to develop a complete system solution for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles. This means that, in the future, the partners will be able to offer HAD solutions for truck series production of any size.
The cooperation includes all functions for driver assistance and highly automated driving. The system consists of environment recognition, driving planning and decision-making, as well as the control of the actuator systems in the vehicle (such as steering and brakes), and human-machine interaction.
The cooperation between the manufacturer of brake systems and subsystems for rail and commercial vehicles and the Hanover-based technology company will initially involve automated convoy driving (platooning). Later development work will deal with automated driving on the freeway (“Highway Pilot”).
In addition to system solutions, both companies will continue to offer their respective functionalities, components and subsystems individually on request and can thus react very flexibly to customer requirements. Knorr-Bremse will offer the complete system to commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe, North America and Asia.
Starting at the beginning of 2019, the joint platooning demonstrator, a convoy of three coupled trucks from different manufacturers, will demonstrate its capabilities to selected customers.
Both Continental and Knorr-Bremse operate manufacturing and R&D facilities in Mexico, the latter through its subsidiary Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, although it’s not clear if some of the development will take place in the country.