Written by Kfir Kedem – August 31, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Continental, known widely for manufacturing tires, also manufactures a wide variety of other automotive technologies. Some of these technologies include safety systems, infotainment, and driving assist systems. These driving assist systems are becoming more and more complex and moving towards the area of autonomous vehicles. This includes both passenger as well as commercial vehicles.
To understand if Continental should continue research into autonomous driving systems, the German manufacturer has conducted a global survey within 5 countries regarding the acceptance of autonomous driving. About 1000 people were surveyed from each country. The results show that people from the 3 western countries (Germany, France, and the US) are cautious of such technology and do not want to give up full control. On the other hand, the eastern countries (China and Japan) have populations that are much more excited about autonomous driving and even see it becoming a permanent reality within the coming 10 years.
There is demand for such technological development. Between 2018-2021 alone, Continental has received €9 billion in driving assist systems orders. As a result of these orders and the survey conclusions, Continental will dedicate more resources to autonomous driving technology beginning in 2022.
Auto Trendy’s take:
The change from having full control to having no control over road vehicles may be weary to some, but it’s definitely coming. This transition will be gradual and has already started with innovations in driver assist systems. These systems will continue to advance until they take on the form of completely self-driving cars.