Hanover/Frankfurt, Germany – Continental will be showcasing technologies for the safe, clean and connected mobility of the future at the IAA 2019 . “Mobility is the Heartbeat of Life” is the technology company’s slogan for this year’s trade fair.
For example, Continental will be presenting its fully integrated axle drive for electric cars – a global innovation that the company will supply to customers in China and Europe and for which production is scheduled to start this year. Another production-ready highlight is the new short-range radar, which assists car drivers when turning and protects cyclists and pedestrians.
“Environmentally efficient and socially accepted technologies are the key ingredients for a healthy mobility ecosystem,” said Chairman of the Executive Board Dr. Elmar Degenhart. “Zero accidents, zero emissions and zero stress thanks to smart connectivity and convenience: this is what our pioneering technologies are helping to realize. Technology is our strength and is an area in which Continental has an outstanding level of expertise.”
Continental’s technology highlights at a glance:
Continental’s electric axle drive to go into production in Europe and China later this year
Combating blind spots when turning: new short-range radar protects cyclists and pedestrians
Continental will showcase its new short-range radar, which is able to detect other road users and obstacles with high precision. This allows cornering-assistance systems to recognize danger earlier than before and warn the driver faster, request emergency braking or automatically trigger emergency braking.
Autonomous driving at the trade fair
In collaboration with EasyMile, a manufacturer of driverless vehicles, Continental will be offering IAA visitors the chance to take a test drive in a robo-taxi equipped with Continental technology.
Tires that can feel and talk
Robo-taxis of the future will be able to perform tire maintenance themselves. Continental sensors built into tire treads are already able to transmit information on tread depth, possible damage and tire temperature as well as the correct inflation pressure. In the future, the rims will also be fitted with air pumps that adjust the tire pressure even while driving. This new wheel and tire concept is called Conti C.A.R.E. and is connected to the fleet management system via the Internet. The benefit is that it can provide information in almost real time and warn fleet managers of irregularities or noncompliance with standard conditions, saving repair costs and reducing vehicle downtime.
Enhanced lifelong learning for cars
Continental will demonstrate how automotive electronics will enable vehicles to continuously learn new functions.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2018, Continental generated sales of €44.4 billion and currently employs more than 244,000 people in 60 countries and markets.