Automated Driving

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Automated Driving

The future of individual mobility is faced with many challenges:
  • Crashes – Nearly 1.3 million traffic fatalities worldwide per year,
  • Emissions and air pollution have a negative effect on life expectancy,
  • Loss of time, boredom, stress – more than 1.2 billion people spend more than 50 minutes per day driving their vehicle. Already today cities are congested and at standstill with traffic jams and parked cars,
  • Ageing society – more than 1.2 billion people older than 60 in 2030.
Automated Driving
As we move toward even safer, more efficient and more comfortable vehicles, automated driving will be one building block to these challenges. Here we see an evolutionary and revolutionary path. With our Cruising Chauffeur we offer – for example – an auto pilot for highway and secondary roads that supports the driver on longer distances and allows the driver to relax during daily commute. We see also an increasing degree of automation at lower speeds when it comes to parking. From assisted-, remote-, garage-, trained-up to valet parking, new functions will take over the stressful parking from you on parking spots, into your garage and even on parking lots or decks. Also searching for a parking place will be a thing of the past. Parking space will be used more efficient. With Self-Driving Cars (Robo-Cabs) – that are expected to represent a significant market share of worldwide individual mobility in 2030 – we focus also on new forms of future urban mobility (last mile concepts). All in all, we are well positioned to serve the needs of a seamless mobility – from the doorstep to the final destination.

All in all, automated driving will generate major benefits to society:
  • Increased safety (Vision Zero) due to less critical situations,
  • Less CO2 and cleaner air due to less energy consumption thanks to Connected Energy Management and lightweight technologies,
  • Gained time, reduced stress and shorter commuting times due to better traffic flow and enhanced freedom of time usage by e.g. HMI solutions,
  • Increased individual mobility due to enabling mobility access e.g. for elderly and handicapped people,
With our systems and components – like tires, brake systems, engine mounts, surface materials (interior design), surrounding sensors up to Human-Machine Interfaces and entire powertrain systems as well as our Joint Venture with Nexteer in motion control systems – we provide the complete portfolio for automated driving. We are the only technology company worldwide with such a comprehensive portfolio and who has the know-how to use the tire as a sensor. We develop and produce the necessary components and systems for automated driving worldwide – in the U.S. as well as in Japan, China, and Europe. We have worldwide development teams and worldwide test vehicles.