Source: Continental announcement

SHANGHAI — Under the slogan “Mobility. Our Heartbeat for 150 Years,” Continental is profiling itself as a technology company in the field of sustainable and connected mobility with several premiers at the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition.

In the 150th year of its existence, the company will premier a large number of innovative software and affiliated hardware solutions, with which Continental facilitates the integration of software functions in vehicle components.

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This ranges from high-tech radar sensors, high-performance computers as central control units in the vehicle and data communication through to the cloud as part of telematics systems.

Innovative technologies enhance safe driving

With its new, more powerful generation of surround radar and long-range radar sensors, Continental is taking another step toward safer and more autonomous mobility. A more compact design, higher scanning rates and 360-degree vehicle surroundings monitoring with ranges of around 200 meters or around 250 meters depending on the radar sensor add up to much greater safety at short and long ranges.

The new radar sensor solutions thus enable anticipatory applications for Euro NCAP requirements through to higher automated driving functions such as automated lane changes. Since the start of production around 20 years ago, Continental had produced more than 100 million radar sensors for short and long-range applications by April of this year.

The technical features of the sixth generation, which will go into production in 2023, include an improved detection range and a higher resolution for accurate detection of the vehicle’s surroundings.

Radar sensors are just one example of dynamic growth in the field of advanced driver assistance and automated driving systems as part of state-of-the-art mobility solutions. Whereas before the car used to be primarily a comfortable means of transport, today it depends above all on connectivity and human-machine dialog.

Flood of data in the vehicle requires management by high-performance computer

In some of today’s vehicles, more than 100 electronic control units are responsible for the functions – from the electronic car-entry system or infotainment system and connectivity through to cruise control or lane departure warning and speed assistants. In addition, there is specific software that handles communication within the vehicle units and with the cloud. Today, more than 90 percent of automotive innovations can already be ascribed to software developments.

To make it possible to handle the increasing data streams in the vehicle, Continental was the first automotive supplier to develop a compact high-performance computer which is used in Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 electric cars, for example. The server bundles data communication between different vehicle domains.

Further information about Continental’s premiers at the Shanghai auto show can be viewed by clicking HERE.