Continental is first supplier to receive Nevada license for autonomous-vehicle testing

  • 19-Dec-2012 04:39 EST
Conti VW Passat highly automated test vehicle at Nevada DMV.jpg

The modified VW Passat used by Continental for highly automated vehicle development has racked up more than 15,000 mi (24,140 km) of testing thus far. It is shown here at the Nevada DMV without its official red license plate.

Continental on Dec. 19 became the first automotive supplier to be granted a license from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads. Continental’s testing license is for the company’s highly automated vehicle equipped with an integrated vehicle-control and safety system consisting of four short-range radar sensors, one long-range radar, a stereo camera, and a Motion Domain Controller interfacing with the vehicle’s engine, brakes, and steering. The testing license followed approval of Continental's safety plans, employee training, system functions, and accident reporting protocols by the Nevada DMV’s Autonomous Review Committee. The actual vehicle license plate is red and includes an “infinity” symbol so it can be easily recognized by law enforcement and the public. Continental officials noted in a release that public-roads testing will enable the company to launch series production of partially automated driving systems by 2016, with the goal of fully automated systems ready for production by 2020-25.

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