Hannover/Munich, Jumada I 02, 1434, March 14, 2013, SPA -- Carmaker BMW and German tyre and component supplier Continental are working on a driver assistance system which they describe as a "co-pilot" for motorway journeys, dpa reported.
The aim is to have two prototype versions installed in vehicles and ready for extensive testing by the end of 2014, Conti announced.
Trials using the technology are due to be carried out on "German and other European motorway stretches". Scientists hope the field tests will help them fine-tune the system. It will use a battery of sensors to "read" the road ahead while constantly monitoring the test car's position. Hannover-based Conti plans to invest more than 100 million euros (130 million dollars) in developing the system.
The news comes hard on the heels of an announcement by Continental that it has set up a development centre dedicated to driver assistance systems. Board chief Ralf Cramer aims to ramp up turnover in the sector to a billion euros over the next five years.
Continental is currently working with Daimler on a stereo camera which would alert the driver to pedestrians, enabling evasive action to be taken.