Continental, a multinational automotive parts manufacturing company with U.S. operations in Auburn Hills, announced it will showcase a glimpse of some of its future connected vehicle technologies during a virtual presentation in Las Vegas at CES 2022 Jan. 5-8.
“The future of mobility means safer, connected, and more inclusive transportation systems. At CES we are (virtually) demonstrating the possibilities of achieving our vision zero goal and optimizing convenience for easy access to mobility for everyone,” says Gilles Mabire, CTO at Continental. “Continental’s innovative solutions on display are not only transforming the driving experience, they’re also reinventing the definition of mobility.”
From architecture and networking to autonomous mobility and the user experience, the list of pioneering technologies from Continental is expanding as the automotive industry continues its shift toward software and mobility services.
The company is driving the development of full connected, automated, and software-defined vehicles. It offers an overarching set of solutions for server-based architectures and was the first supplier that brought a Body High Performance Computer (HPC) to the market with Volkswagen’s ID.
In addition to platforms for domain-focused HPCs for vehicle cockpit, data management, vehicle connectivity, driving safety and dynamics, or automated driving, Continental is now also offering modular platform solutions for cross-domain HPCs. A first cross-domain HPC from Continental, which hosts functions and features from the body and vehicle control domain, will be integrated into future electric vehicles from a major Chinese vehicle manufacturer.
It will also virtually demonstrate how software and powerful IT infrastructure based on the Continental Automotive Edge Framework enable new functions and are transforming mobility. This modular hardware and software platform connects the vehicle to the cloud and features numerous options to develop, supply, and maintain software-intensive system functions.
ShyTech displays will also be virtually featured, which restore simplicity and enhance safety without compromising on advanced functions. Control surfaces are made of buttons, lights, and switches that are hidden to integrate with the display in a brand-new way.
The display can be a pillar-to-pillar solution, utilizing the full width of the dashboard, or it can be used to create completely new interactive areas for drivers and passengers where displays traditionally were not in use before.
For the first time at CES, Continental will virtually present its Switchable Privacy Display, aimed to entertain the front passenger while reducing distractions for the driver. This allows passengers to engage with the infotainment system outside of the drivers view, even when the car is in motion.
It will also offer a virtual demo of its Wrong Way Driver system, which promotes safety by warning at-risk drivers about vehicles traveling the wrong way. Early alerts about a wrong-way driver’s location, speed, and direction of travel allow drivers to take proactive safety measures.
The technology relies on a combination of sensors, connected-vehicle systems, and a heat-mapping algorithm. It is a self-learning system that is packaged in roadside equipment to define the roadway and direction of travel. The fully immersive demo puts users behind the wheel of a car in a scenario with a wrong way driver. Participants will experience the situation with and without the Continental technology in a driving simulation.
Alongside partner AEye, Continental is also virtually debuting its HRL131 long-range LiDAR. This precision sensing technology is a critical component to enable the future of autonomous mobility. The HRL131 long-range LiDAR is a Microelectromechanical System-based (MEMS) adaptive LiDAR for Level 3 and Level 4 assisted and automated driving solutions.
Finally, it will virtually present its sustainable concept tire, Conti GreenConcept, which aims to minimize resource consumption across every link in the tire’s value chain by leveraging current and emerging technological approaches.
Conti GreenConcept is a tire that consists of a high percentage of traceable, renewable, and recycled materials; has an innovative, lightweight design that conserves valuable resources; and extended service life thanks to a renewable tread.