Continental’s Car Of The Future

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Vehicle designs and colors change each year but it is the integration of consumer electronics technologies into the vehicle interior that is really fueling future driving experiences. Continental, a big player in the automotive suppliers space, is engineering hardware, software and systems that are powering the vehicle with an “Always On” connection and linking drivers and passengers to content and information in new ways. Continental will showcase some of its latest Interior innovations to its automotive customers and consumer electronics partners during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held January 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Several Continental customers are searching for ways to bring apps and content – that is relevant to the driving experience – into the car. Continental is working on a variety of ways to safely and securely deliver information to vehicle occupants to help simplify and enhance the driving experience.

For instance, Continental has designed its AutoLinQ™ system and is working with some of the biggest names in the consumer electronics industry – Deutsche Telekom, INRIX, NAVIGON, NAVTEQ, Pandora and Ygomi – to design Android-based applications for the system that enhance vehicle safety, performance and convenience. Continental is working with its technology partners to create and demonstrate selected applications to the automotive industry and will continue to work with its customers to certify all applications for in-vehicle use.

Continental’s AutoLinQ™ system is an Android-based operating system embedded inside the car that runs applications. The system takes advantage of an existing ecosystem of more than 270,000 developers writing software for Android.

Continental also is working closely with Nokia on Terminal Mode technology which will enable drivers and passengers to seamlessly connect, display and control mobile phone applications via an in-vehicle dashboard display. The companies are working to significantly improve the usability of services, such as telephony, navigation, social networking and music, in an automotive environment.

Inside the company, Continental also is designing unique apps that will help enhance vehicle performance. For example, today, when a vehicle identifies a tire with low pressure, the Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) sends an alert to the driver via a warning lamp on the instrument panel. Also known as a telltale, most drivers do not know what the alert is, how to react to the warning or how to inflate their tires to the correct tire pressure.

Continental has set-out to solve the telltale problem by developing a “Filling Assistant” Application that will detect, notify and assist a driver by helping them ensure proper inflation levels. Continental’s Filling Assistant application wirelessly links a smartphone to the tire to graphically report pressure information to the vehicle owner.

Continental is also working on a variety of HMI concepts that will integrate technologies – high-resolution graphics, powerful processors and capacitive touch controls found in tens of millions of smart phones, game consoles or high-end laptops – into the instrument panel and an integrated center stack.

One of Continental’s areas of expertise is managing the flow of information to the driver. With the right mix of connectivity and HMI technologies, the company is transforming the vehicle interior into a well designed, high-tech, easy-to-use information hub.

Continental’s Simplify Your Drive concept is one example of the Company’s holistic system design approach that blends connectivity, apps, HMI strategies, new input technologies and personalization to deliver new and never-before-seen experiences to the driver. Time will tell how much of this tech will make to mainstream automotive-cana...

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