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How can we ensure that drivers know just what they need to?

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Everything you need to know. With our intelligent information management solutions, drivers are always networked with mobile devices such as cell phones and satnavs, as well as with vehicle systems and the vehicle environment. This means that all the important information is in the line of sight and comfortably within reach. This will make enjoyable driving even smarter, safer and more efficient in the future.   

We take information management in hand. In our Interior division, we create technologies and concepts for gathering, prioritizing, preparing, and presenting information.

With our product portfolio as a basis, we are working on three different themes. The first of these is the interface between human and vehicle, because the new technical capabilities must be communicated to the driver in the best possible way. Secondly, we are applying ourselves to the area of networking: the vehicle with itself, the vehicle with the outside world, and vehicles with each other. Thirdly, we think in terms of systems and look at the vehicle as a whole in order to develop scalable solutions for modern vehicle architectures and new features. 

We are all online, so why aren’t our vehicles?

A permanent exchange of data from the vehicle is one of the aims of our “Always On” vision and is a key step in the move toward automated driving.

Continental’s solutions network the vehicle with mobile devices, other vehicles, and the surrounding infrastructure. The connection to the Cloud is particularly important. It allows real-time access to traffic or weather information via the Internet, for instance. What is more, processing capacity can be released and new features made possible –online diagnostics services, parking space reservations, or precisely tailored insurance premiums are just a few examples.

How can the person at the wheel keep everything in hand?

A further focus is on the arrangement of the interface between the person and the technology, i.e. the human machine interface (HMI).

It all began with the eddy current speedometer patented in 1902. This speed indicator was the first objective information that was available to drivers beyond their own perception.

Now, more than 100 years later, there is a great deal more information that is provided by sensors, antennas, and control and operating units. This needs to be optimally prepared for the driver. One of the latest developments is the head-up display, which projects the important driving information onto the windshield, directly in the driver’s line of vision. Technology at eye level, which doesn’t require drivers to take their eyes off the road, enabling extra safety and convenience.

In addition to this, high-tech interfaces also generate trust with regard to automated driving, because they show drivers how reliably their vehicles can recognize the world around them.

Who is bringing the Cloud into the vehicle?

The Internet and all its associated services are becoming increasingly important for drivers and passengers. We see ourselves as specialists in systems integration and a partner for vehicle manufacturers. In addition to Internet-based services for fleet management and the provision of carfriendly apps, our range of services is also geared in particular toward reliable and powerful end-to-end solutions and Cloud computing. We develop ideas for the car in this age of information: “Always On,” userfriendly, more intelligent than ever, and at one with its driver.

4 business units
Instrumentation & Driver HMI, display and operating systems, such as instrument clusters, head-up displays, and central input devices
Infotainment & Connectivity, e.g. radios, multimedia systems, integration of mobile devices and telematics
Body & Security, e.g. control units, tire pressure monitoring, access control, and start systems
Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, e.g. tachographs, electronic control units for trucks, replacement/wear parts, services, and vehicle diagnostics