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Intelligent technology enables advanced car safety features

New ‘electronic horizon’ technology from Elektrobit (EB) is helping car manufacturers speed-up the development of predictive driver-assistance features. Linked to a car’s engine, brake and lighting systems, electronic horizon programs have the potential to provide owners with a wide range of new safety and convenience options. Using internet, GPS and satellite-based mapping data, they are able to ‘see’ the road ahead and anticipate speed-limit changes, traffic problems, curves, hills and other changes in topography. The company’s e-horizon technology is playing a key role in the auto industry’s development of predictive driver-assistance systems, providing essential map data for features such as night vision, adaptive speed control, curve alerts, speed warnings and traffic-sign detection. The latest version of the e-horizon system, EB Assist Electronic Horizon, will also allow automakers to offer digital map information across car lines without the need for active navigation systems.

EB is one of the few automotive suppliers offering an electronic horizon system that combines both navigation software and driver assistance systems software, offering a seamless experience from one single source. The company’s electronic horizon features the most detailed road geometry data currently in the market, offering the same precision as data used for highway engineering and thus allows for smoother and more accurate driver assistance functions, such as predictive curve lighting, traffic-sign detection and range determination. The EB Assist Electronic Horizon Solution is also able to deliver this information both to the company’s own driver assistance software development environment and to a wide range of other driver assistance platforms from various suppliers. The electronic horizon data can also be visualized on EB’s new driver assistance testing tool, the EB Assist Car Data Recorder.

“The importance of the electronic horizon will continue to grow in future years,” said Markus Schupfner, executive vice president for operations at EB Automotive. “Together with real-time information about traffic, weather and road conditions, the electronic horizon is not only the basis for autonomous driving, but also for the optimal use of e-mobility.”

June 4, 2014

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