Opel is currently hard at work, among 31 other automotive, electronic and software companies, to create the next-generation of safe-driving technology.
In conjunction with local authorities and research groups, the brand has demonstrated its role in the UR:BAN project, with a goal to focus on inner-city driving safety, and avoiding accidents in densely populated areas.
The technology mostly focuses on common city-driving scenarios, such as vehicles emerging from parking lots suddenly, or pedestrians walking out unexpectedly. Opel has developed systems to not only warn the driver, but also briefly take control of the vehicle to avoid a collision with an object or pedestrian. The car takes evasive action, steering the car away from the pedestrian or vehicle, and combines the reaction with automatic braking. This is done through an advanced radar and camera system in the front, and modified braking and steering systems.
In addition to the safety technologies, Opel is working on improving traffic conditions via the connected car. Via WiFi, vehicles send each other recommended routes, and map traffic in real time for drivers to reduce congestion and idling.
Opel says it remains committed to pioneering the latest technology, but also says it will continue to provide an engaging driving experience for the driver.