Continental has secured the Innovation Award for safety from the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), for the second consecutive time.
In the ‘Safety’ category, Continental’s solution for protecting vulnerable road users was placed first.
The company’s warning system, developed in cooperation with Ride Vision, protects the lives of motorcyclists by combining two cameras and artificial intelligence .
“We are particularly pleased to win a second time among all the outstanding products nominated for the CLEPA Innovation Award,” said Continental Automotive Board chairman, Nikolai Setzer.
“The award is recognition of our expertise in vehicle electronics and pays particular tribute to the work and commitment of our global development teams.”
Compared to a car, there is a 28 times higher risk of accidents on a motorcycle, which is why advanced rider assistance systems make an important contribution to road safety.
The German supplier notes previously, it was “virtually impossible” to correctly recognise and safely interpret complex traffic situations with the dynamic handling of motorcycles.
Continental’s system is based on two cameras, facing front and rear respectively, designed to meet the kinematic dynamics of motorcycles, particularly in inclined positions. The camera data is analysed and interpreted using artificial intelligence.
The AI-based algorithms distinguish between critical and potentially dangerous traffic situations and non-critical ones. If there is a risk of a head-on collision or a lateral traffic accident, or another vehicle is in the motorcyclist’s blind spot, the rider is warned.
The system outputs the warnings either visually in the mirror or via an audio signal in the helmet headset, so the rider can start braking or taking evasive action in time. With this, Continental addresses the three main causes of motorcycle accidents: rear-end collisions, lateral traffic accidents, blind-spot accidents and significantly improves safety for motorcyclists as vulnerable road users.
In the ‘Cooperation’ category, the technology company’s partnership with Sennheiser was placed third.
Each year, the CLEPA Awards are presented by the European Association of Automotive Suppliers and Deloitte to recognise companies that develop innovative solutions for markets and society.
In the four categories, Environment, Safety, Connectivity & Automation and Co-operation, the awards recognise automotive suppliers which contribute to making mobility smarter, safer and more sustainable.
The winners were selected by an international jury of experts.