- Continental showcases intelligent mobility at CES 2015
- Dynamic electronic Horizon – a cloud-based sensor
- LTE telematics from Continental power Subaru’s Starlink
- Smartwatch – Intelligent Key: new access technologies
- Curved and brilliant: OLED touch display
- Augmented reality: more efficient diagnosis and repair
- Environment sensors: intelligence for safe and comfortable driving
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 9 January 2015 – Continental is highlighting how automotive electronics benefit from connecting the vehicle to the cloud at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas this week. The international automotive supplier’s exhibition theme is “The power of intelligent mobility”, demonstrated via four innovation paths: control, entertainment, information and safety.
“We are demonstrating how the on-line world is rapidly evolving to make our vehicles safer, more appealing, and more efficient. That’s why we are showcasing ready-to-market solutions for the intelligent vehicle,” said Helmut Matschi, member of the Continental Executive Board and head of the Interior Division.
The dynamic electronic horizon
At the core of Continental’s innovations at this year’s CES is the dynamic electronic horizon (eHorizon). Together with its collaboration partner IBM and the location cloud company HERE, Continental has transformed the digital map into a high-precision, constantly up-to-date sensor that can be used for much more than just navigation.
“With the dynamic eHorizon we are able to incorporate dynamic events like weather, traffic or construction sites on the route into the digital map and make this information available to the vehicle’s electronics,” said Matschi. The information is gathered from a multitude of sources based on the principle of crowd-sourcing. “In fact, the dynamic eHorizon turns cars into moving sensors, which constantly exchange data on the road with the cloud”, he continued.
While the dynamic eHorizon is the focal point of Continental’s CES exhibit, the automotive supplier is also showcasing how other systems benefit from the cloud. One example is the connected energy management for Continental’s 48 Volt Eco Drive mild hybrid system, which ensures the most efficient operating strategies during the drive.
At the heart of this system is Continental’s connected central powertrain controller that uses the information from the cloud to improve functions like coasting or energy regeneration. The applications for Continental’s eHorizon extend even further, and include highly automated driving, where eHorizon technology is needed to allow the vehicle to ‘look around the corner’.
Telematics: Continental powers Subaru’s STARLINK
A reliable connection to the mobile data network is a prerequisite for any connected service. Two decades of experience means, Continental has the proven expertise to connecting the car to the on-line world.
Continental’s latest LTE-capable Telematics Module will enable a wide variety of connectivity services for Subaru’s STARLINK in-vehicle technology for US market vehicles. The range of services available to Subaru owners will include Stolen Vehicle Locator assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, remote vehicle services like lock/unlock via smartphone device, and monthly diagnostics reports to keep customers in touch with key vehicle functions.
For Continental, the dynamics in the connectivity market demonstrate how essential these features are becoming for drivers around the world, and that Continental’s technology is well-suited to serve this need.
Smart Watch – Intelligent Key: new access technologies from Continental
Continental believes that getting connected starts outside the vehicle. “We enable drivers to use the consumer electronics devices they are familiar with to control integral functions of the vehicle. At CES, Continental is demonstrating how it transforms a smart watch on the driver’s wrist into a remote car key,” said Matschi.
The smart watch as a car key uses Bluetooth to connect to Continental’s latest bidirectional remote key – also known as the gateway key. The gateway key works as an interface between the vehicle and the smart watch to transfer data (including vehicle and diagnostics data, and the user’s profile) to the vehicle. The smart watch is used as an operating device. Using a dedicated app, the driver can open or close the vehicle, or exchange other information via the display of the smart watch.
Curved and brilliant: OLED touch display
Just as touch screens have become increasingly important with the switch from cellphones to smartphones, vehicles need the flexibility of touch screens with enhanced functionality and connected services. Continental’s curved OLED Touch Display delivers strong contrast levels capable of displaying bold colours without background lighting, and extended interaction scope via its touch functionality.
The most striking detail is that Continental’s new display is curved, which allows car manufacturers the design freedom to seamlessly integrate the display into in the centre console, for example. Using special electronics and chemically hardened glass, Continental has also ensured that the display meets automotive requirements and lasts for many years.
Augmented reality: more efficient diagnosis and repair
Connected services extend into the aftermarket and can help to facilitate the diagnosis and repair of vehicles. Continental’s ‘Connected Technician’ solution places the technician at the centre of the process using Augmented Reality technology.
The tablet application connects to the vehicle via a wireless communication interface and provides step-by-step guidance through the entire diagnosis and repair process. It delivers all the information necessary for each step, i.e. work instructions, faulty parts or the exact tool needed for a certain job, allowing the technician to focus on the vehicle.
Integration with dealer management systems ensures that the technician is working on the right job, while a full-featured diagnostics runtime automatically recognizes the vehicle type, detects faults and provides the complete technical information available for the car.
Overall, the intuitive operation leads to a much simpler, faster and more accurate diagnosis and repair, and also optimises service planning. Continental’s CES display also demonstrates how augmented reality applications with voice input and feedback enable technicians to remain hands-free, therefore working even more efficiently.
Environment sensors: intelligence for safe and comfortable driving
Environment sensors, including cameras, radar and lidar (light detection and ranging), provide vital information to the vehicle, ensuring stress-free driving. By sensing the environment around the vehicle and gathering key data, these sensors enhance driving safety in line with Continental’s goal of accident-free driving. Monitoring not only the area in front of and behind a vehicle, but also all around it, will be the next step towards accident-free driving.
Continental’s Surround View provides a complete 360-degree view around the entire vehicle. The combination of a rear-view camera with an active Advanced Driver Assistance Systems braking solution will help to minimise the numerous fatalities and injuries caused by severe collisions.
In 2014, the NHTSA issued a mandate that will require all light vehicles to be fitted with rear-view visibility technology (backup cameras) by 2018. Additionally, these sensors enable and provide a fall-back option for automated driving. These sensors, and combining the sensor data, will evolve to enable the next steps towards partially, highly and ultimately fully automated driving.