7 Action News rides along with a company that is developing automated driving

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - New numbers from the NTSB show fatal accidents are on the rise. Last year more than 34,000 drivers were killed on the road, up five percent in 2011..

An Auburn Hills based company is hoping to change that with automated driving.

"Now I take my hands off the steering wheel and we are in highly automated mode. I can take my hands down and relax", says Continental lead engineer Ibro Muharemovic as he drives hands-free along northbound I-75 in Metro Detroit - behind the wheel of an automated driving vehicle. 

Equipped with a camera, long range radar and four sensors the automated vehicle detects the entire road with a 360 degree view, scans your lane and follows the turns in the road.

"The vehicle does everything that I would typically have to worry about", says Muharemovic.

Continental North America, based in Auburn Hills understands distracted driving is unfortunately here to stay. So why not make the roads safer, less hectic even enjoyable.

"When I take road trips I arrive and I'm not drained, not tired not angry. It's very relaxing".

For more on Continental's automated driving, click here: http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/us/en/continentalteves/continentalteves/general/home/index_en.html

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