Continental Tech Helps New VW ID.3 Drive Connected

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Source: Continental announcement

Hanover, Germany – Continental is driving the transition to electric mobility and supplying essential components for Volkswagen’s new electric model ID.3. With its high-performance computer, Continental is revolutionizing the vehicle’s electronic architecture.

The so-called In-Car Application Server 1 (ICAS1) serves as an intelligent interface to the internet. It also forms a central component for all vehicles based on the modular electric drive system, including Chinese variants.

In addition to the ID.3, it will also be used in other vehicles of the ID series such as the ID.4 from Volkswagen.

Furthermore, besides this technology, Continental supplies the drum brake with integrated electromechanical parking brake function. It is a robust and corrosion-free solution that increases the lifetime service interval.

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The specially developed summer, all-season and winter tires EcoContact 6, WinterContact TS 850 P and AllSeasonContact reduce wear and energy consumption and thus contribute to the widest possible range of the ID.3. Moreover, a sophisticated thermal management from Continental ensures optimal range and increases the durability of the batteries in the ID.3.

Better performance and longer lifetime with the drum brake for e-vehicles

“Thanks to our large brake portfolio and many years of experience in this field, we have developed the optimal solutions for the greatest variety of vehicle classes. Of course, with only the highest safety requirements, since the brake components for decelerating the vehicle will remain one of the most important elements of active safety in the future,” says Dr. Bernhard Klumpp, head of the business unit Hydraulic Brake Systems at Continental. “The drum brake, as built in the ID.3, provides many benefits, particularly in the field of e-vehicles, for instance a longer service interval of up to 150,000 kilometers.” Due to the closed and sealed system, the brakes in the new VW ID.3 are distinctly less prone to corrosion. The electric drum brake with electromechanical parking brake function is based on the Simplex principle (EPB-Si): It is especially robust and requires little maintenance, which meets the increasing lifetime requirements of electric vehicles. Additionally, the electric parking brake provides the vehicle manufacturers with greater freedom and more options in the design of the vehicle interior as well as the installation of vehicle assistance systems. The brake system is moreover scalable and with this, suitable for mini and small cars as well as larger vehicles, weighing up to 3.5 tons.

Server concept revolutionizes the electronic architecture of e-vehicles

”With our High Performance Computer (HPC), the VW-electric cars are able to provide full connection and a new dimension of intelligence and comfort,” said Helmut Matschi, member of the executive board at Continental and head of the Vehicle Networking and Information business area at Continental. “Together with VW and our partners, we have brought an innovation onto the road that is groundbreaking for the entire mobility industry.”

The HPC serves as an integrated ICAS1. Continental worked closely with Elektrobit to develop the fully connected central HPC on a specially created platform for such HPC.

As ICAS1 in the VW ID.3, the HPC is also a central element for the transition to a service-oriented electronics architecture. The server constitutes the central data hub and the connection point between the vehicle and the digital world. It allows for new software functions and safety updates to be installed over a wireless connection at any time in the future.

Over-the-Air updates will become the norm. In addition, the innovative server concept can integrate both Volkswagen applications and third-party software. The provision of functions such as range-optimized route planning and the localization of charging stations for electric cars is simplified.

Moreover, Continental has also developed the so-called “Plug and Charge” function for its ICAS1, which is used to control and simplify the vehicle charging process. The function will be available from 2021. When the charging cable is plugged in, the software in ICAS1 will be able to authenticate the registered vehicle at supported charging points and take over the charging process and its billing based on the charging contract stored in the back end.

The entire announcement can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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