At CES, Continental demonstrated ready-to-market solutions for the intelligent vehicle technology for control, entertainment, information and safety. New features include eHorizon, could-based functions, telematics, smartwatch keys, curved OLED screens and sensors.
At the “Beyond the Connected Car panel during CES “Cloud technology will impact and revolutionize the way we drive,” Continental’s Brian Droessler, said.
The dynamic electronic Horizon (eHorizon) gives a view of everything going on around the vehicles. Continental, IBM and HERE worked to create a digital map that offers information showing live events like weather, traffic or construction sites on the route.
Another cloud-based system connects energy management for Continental’s mild hybrid system 48 Volt Eco Drive. The connected central powertrain controller from Continental uses the information from the cloud to improve functions like sailing, coasting or energy regeneration. In the future connections will lead to highly automated driving, where eHorizon technology is needed to allow the vehicle to ‘look around the corner.’
Continental’s latest LTE capable Telematics Module will enable a wide variety of connectivity services for Subaru’s in-vehicle technology, STARLINK. Features of the system inlcude Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Automatic Collision Notification, remote vehicle services like lock/unlock via smartphone device, and Monthly Vehicle Health Report.
Continental showed the gateway key, that works as an interface between the car. Through the smartwatch app, the driver can open or close the vehicle or exchange other information simply by using the display of the smart watch.
Continental showed a curved OLED Touch Display, Continental with strong contrast, capable of displaying bold colors with no background lighting for easier display integration. It features chemically hardened glass and meets safety requirements.
The ‘Connected Technician’ uses Augmented Reality technology. The tablet application connects to the car via a wireless communication interface and guides the technician step-by-step through the entire diagnosis and repair process. Augmented Reality applications with voice input and feedback enable the technician to remain hands-free, working even more efficiently.
Continental offers environment sensors, like cameras, radar and lidar for sensors for autonomous drive and the stress-free driving.
Surround View provides a complete 360-degree view around the entire vehicle to help prevent accidents. By 2018, NHTSA iwill require all light vehicles to have rearview backup cameras by 2018.