Continental's latest innovation: Vehicles equipped with eHorizon.Weather supply exact weather information to optimise short-term forecasts and integrate real time, location specific weather data to alert drivers in advance of critical weather conditions.
The supplier is working with French national weather service Météo-France on this project and is currently testing eHorizon.Weather in 200 vehicles in France to adapt and further improve the technology through direct user feedback.
With this connected fleet, Continental is creating an open test field for mobility services to test different applications for connected vehicles in a real driving environment, and is also expanding its connections with new partnerships.
"Together with Météo-France, we are working on a range of mobility services for more safety, efficiency and convenience. By integrating information from our vehicle sensors with external data to bring real time weather warnings to vehicles, the joint solution eHorizon.Weather is helping here particularly well," said Jean-Yves Le-Gall, design and innovation manager at the supplier's interior division.
The technology uses existing connected vehicle architecture such as windshield wiper sensors, fog lights, ABS and ESP to obtain data on temperature, air pressure and visibility or information on road conditions.
This data is then loaded to the Continental backend via integrated telematics units and is processed by Météo-France. This allows the weather service to improve the service it provides and send location specific weather warnings back to vehicles in real time where they reach the driver's attention with the help of an interactive road map that integrates safety relevant and other information, such as places of interest.
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Drivers are informed of critical road conditions visually and by voice prompt. This ensures that information reaches drivers in advance so that they can adapt their driving style to suit weather conditions such as heavy rain and snow, storms or icy roads. At the same time, they can either acknowledge the instructions given by the interactive road map or give the all clear once they have passed the section of road with the issued weather warning.
The vehicle swarm records data at the precise location of the weather event and makes it available in the cloud. Météo-France is able to expand its conventional weather monitoring methods (satellites, radars, weather stations, etc.) thanks to eHorizon.Weather. This produces a swarm intelligence, which improves the quality of short-term weather forecasts (0 to 3 hours) and the effectiveness of severe weather warning systems. At the same time, the weather service obtains vital information allowing it to continuously enhance its weather knowledge and develop innovative warning methods.
Continental's eHorizon makes advanced use of navigation data for controlling vehicle systems to enable intelligent and safe vehicle navigation. The aim is to inform drivers of traffic conditions in advance to increase safety, convenience and efficiency.