Continental to develop AI-based automated driving algorithms under PRORETA project
New Delhi: The global technology company Continental on Wednesday said it is continuing the series if its PRORETA research projects to develop algorithms based on artificial intelligence (AI) for the entire chain of effects of automated driving.
The Germany headquartered company is working together with threee international universities, Technical University Darmstadt, the University of Bremen (Germany) and TU Iaşi (Romania) for this project.
As per the release, the PRORETA 5 project (2019–2022), which is based on a three-and-a-half-year term, is examining the algorithms of cognition, behavior prediction and decision making in a demonstration vehicle built and equipped by Continental.
The project’s main objective is to recognize complex traffic situations in inner cities and how algorithms from sensor data can deduce the correct driving decisions in these situations.
At the end of the project in September 2022, the performance of the new AI-based automation will be assessed for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE ) Level 4, using the widest possible range of inner-city scenarios and thus demonstrate the potential for future deployment.
A sub-area of this will be to observe how a human driver reduces and assesses the complexity of the environment. The learning-capable algorithms of the PRORETA 5 project will be trained in accordance with similar principles in order to achieve a driving performance comparable to that of humans.
Commenting on the project, Karsten Michels, Head of Research & Advanced Engineering within Holistic Engineering and Technologies at Continental said, “PRORETA is a successful program. Its roots go back to 2002. With the current expansion and internationalization, we are taking on the biggest challenge in the field of automated driving – inner-city driving. The interdisciplinary, international and inter-university team of PRORETA 5 brings together outstanding expertise in all sub-areas of the task.”
The project coordinator for the universities, Professor Hermann Winner, Director of the Institute of Automotive Engineering at TU Darmstadt, confirms the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, “The teamwork between Continental industry experts, doctoral candidates and students offers the opportunity to develop state-of-the-art future technology for the mobility of tomorrow and do so very realistically with regard to vehicles. This cooperation is valuable to both parties.”