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Continental ProViu: 360-degree monitoring system for special and construction vehicles - maneuvering without risk

  • Intelligent camera system for special and construction vehicles makes the blind spot visible and enables 360-degree monitoring of the vehicle and its surroundings at a single glance.
  • 2D and unrivaled 3D bird's-eye views provide drivers with an optimal all-round view in critical situations.
  • Visitors to Bauma 2013 could view the system at Continental’s booth.

Continental presented a unique camera-based all-around surveillance system for special and construction vehicles named ProViu 360 at the Bauma 2013 in Munich. With this innovative system for risk-free maneuvering and electronic viewing of the blind spot – the system has already been released for field testing – Continental is once again catering to megatrends in the vehicle industry as a whole.

For innovations like ProViu 360, not only is the safety of the driver, vehicle and other road users improved; this camera-based assistance system also enhances the efficiency of vehicle operation because maneuvering with it takes less time and results in a lower risk of damage, less downtime and reduced repair costs. Moreover, the Continental camera-system is a further step towards improved information and data exchange between drive, vehicle and infrastructure.

Continental ProViu 360-degree monitoring system for special and construction vehicles

The heart of ProViu 360 are four microcameras mounted on the outside of the vehicle, which thanks to fisheye lenses and high resolution sweep the complete sides, rear and front of buses and trucks. As in a television director's control room, an electronic control unit merges these four digital, high-resolution camera images on a display – automatically optimized for contrast and brightness – in the cockpit giving the driver a bird's-eye view of the vehicle, as it were. Live, in real time, and at the push of a button even from different angles, Continental provides an all-round view: At a glance, thanks to Continental 360-degree monitoring the driver can even see objects in the so-called blind spot, the area that is not covered by the wing mirror and in the case of construction vehicles often is large enough to conceal pedestrians, bicyclists and even entire cars.

Wall projections, corners of buildings and other vehicles are immediately visible, and the vehicle driver can maneuver safely in critical situations, in dense city traffic, at narrow loading ramps, in cluttered factory yards, or at bustling building sites.

The system enhances safety even when the vehicle is standing still, as it can be configured to be permanently active; this means that even while parked the driver can keep an eye on the vehicle and cargo just by glancing at the monitor.

For the panoramic view of the vehicle, users can choose between two display modes: At the push of a button it switches between 2D and 3D representation. In two-dimensional mode, the driver's view is focused on the immediate surroundings, whereas in the 3D mode the relations and elevations of the surroundings, as well as other road users, are more easily recognizable. For even better visibility, the driver not only can change the perspective but also control individual cameras to get a yet more precise view of critical areas in tricky driving situations. With the optimal overview provided by this new system, Continental improves both the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicle operation. Maneuvering is faster, loading and unloading times are shortened. There are fewer accidents, shorter idle time or downtime, lower costs for damage and repair, as well as reduced risks for the parked vehicle and its cargo.

In cars, camera-based systems as park aids are fairly widespread in the higher vehicle classes, but Continental has now developed a system specifically tailored for use in trucks, buses, agricultural and construction vehicles. The developers take into account not only the different proportions of such vehicles and pay attention to simple integration in vehicle production. They have also made allowance for the changed spatial relations in the cockpit and the usually much tougher operating conditions in commercial use.