TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan -- “Smart” navigation maps that pinpoint road obstacles and monitor traffic signals are poised to hit the market.
Continental plans to introduce e-Horizon – a dynamic map that helps motorists save fuel and avoid road hazards -- in 2018 or 2019, said Mehmed Muharemovic, a Continental software engineer.
The key to the new map is that it will be dynamic -- that is, it will display changing road conditions based on data transmitted by other vehicles to the cloud. Continental's system would rely on data transmitted via cell phone networks.
During the Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminars, Muharemovic demonstrated Continental’s dynamic map in a retrofitted Cadillac CT6.
According to Muharemovic, e-Horizon maps would not need direct data transmissions between cars, which in turn would require transponders and a special bandwidth reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle transmissions.
Motorists already can monitor traffic conditions via smartphone apps like Waze. Continental's map would be more precise. If a road hazard is spotted, the system could flash a warning light when the vehicle draws within a certain distance.
In 2013, Continental formed a partnership with IBM and Cisco to develop high-precision dynamic maps. HERE, a mapmaker in Chicago, subsequently joined the partnership.