Autonomous cars are coming, and Opel continues to be a contributor to the future of self-driving cars. The German brand provided an update on its driverless car tech it continues to develop through the Ko-HAF partnership and it has focused on two distinct areas.
Foremost, Opel has been tasked with developing computerized maps and designing the algorithms to disengage a vehicle from a self-driving scenario, handing control back over to the driver. More importantly, the maps Opel is developing will help driverless cars “see” and provide essential data and information for the car to maneuver. The process is currently being validated on the brand’s Insignia test vehicle and on Ko-HAF test routes on local highways.
Secondly, Opel is also designing software and sensors to monitor the driver’s actions inside the vehicle. For safety purposes, Opel is working on an all-encompassing system to ensure the driver’s well-being as the vehicle drives itself. In the near term, that means no dozing off behind the wheel.
To ensure the most data can be collected, Opel has also developed simulations for the technology to speed up essential engineering. The brand says the miles needed for validation of the technology would be unfeasible in real life.
The Ko-HAF partnership began in 2015 and will conclude in 2018. Following the developments, Opel plans a demonstration of the technology in a prototype application in November of 2018.