Continental’s Wrong-Way Driver detection system for smart cities

The technology company Continental took a big step towards creating safer, smarter cities: a Smart City Mobility and Transportation Hub in Auburn Hills, Michigan. At the center of this Smart City Mobility and Transportation Hub are two intersections made intelligent thanks to Continental sensors and intelligent software integrated into the infrastructure. Ultimately, this technology will have the potential to improve traffic flow, add convenience, reduce pollution and, most importantly, significantly increase the intersection’s safety by communicating hidden dangers to approaching connected vehicles and pedestrians. Furthermore, Continental's Wrong-Way Driver detection system, which warns at-risk drivers in the vicinity of a driver heading the wrong way, has also been installed.

The Smart City Mobility and Transportation Hub infrastructure is equipped with Continental’s state-of-the-art short- and long-range radars. These radar sensors have been deployed on a number of vehicle platforms over the years, and enable functions like adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, forward collision warning, lane change assist and more. Continental now looks to apply the economies of scale together with its software functions knowhow from automotive to the infrastructure.

"With Continental's sensor technology, we want to apply our years of experience in the automotive industry to make intersections more intelligent, and therefore safer and more efficient," said Laurent Fabre, head of Passive Safety and Sensorics Business Unit at Continental.

Smart City Expo World Congress

Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is one of the world's leading event for cities. Held annually in Barcelona it attracts corporate leaders, public representatives, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from all around the globe - to learn from each other, share experiences, talk about best practices, and open new paths for international collaboration. Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide.

Thanks to COVID-19 the 10th edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, together with the Smart Mobility Congress, will be jointly celebrated with the Retail & Brand Experience World Congress (17-19 November 2020, at Fira Gran Via Barcelona).

"We are sure this strategic move will provide new perspectives on how smart solutions have a critical impact on the way we live and interact. In addition, we’re thrilled to announce a new  365-day  initiative going live to take our innovation and collaborative capacity to the next level:  Tomorrow.City. This multi-stakeholder platform of platforms drives talent, business, and innovation for cities leveraging the transformative power of disruptive technologies. We will share more news and updates soon. We hope this new project will be of value to you and that we can join forces on it," said Ugo Valenti, Smart City Expo World Congress, Cities & Society Business Unit Director.

The 2019 event brought together over 700 cities from five continents, 1,010 exhibitors and 400+ speakers attracting 24,000 attendees (a 15% more than in 2018). SCEWC also brought together top companies within industry like Alstom, Amazon Web Services, Bosch, Cellnex, Cisco, CityDO, Citypossible by Mastercard, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, Esri, FiWare, FCC Environment, Hexagon, Huawei, Indra, Microsoft, Mobileye, Nokia, NTT, Oracle, Seat, Siemens, Suez and Ubiwhere etc.