Automated and Networked Driving
Technological progress on the path to automated and networked driving is already manifesting in today’s vehicles, which are increasingly coming equipped with driver-assistance systems. Parking assistance systems with front and rear ultrasonic sensors, lane-keeping systems and autonomous emergency braking systems are already the rule in many vehicles.
And yet, fully automated driving on actual roads is still something of a pipe dream. It will take a while longer for solutions be found to meet the high demands on the technology and for the numerous legal and ethical issues to be resolved. Readiness to surrender control of the steering wheel is just one of the critical conditions that need to be met as far as acceptance by drivers is concerned, and without this acceptance the new technology will not become a normal part of everyday life any time soon.
The Mobility business unit is participating in the development of guidelines for type tests and test procedures in the context of automated driving with the aim of getting such vehicles approved for road use.