- Continental is among the top players in India for instrument clusters
- The production in Bangalore caters to both Indian and overseas markets
- Every minute, three cars are sold somewhere in the world with a Continental instrument cluster made in India
Bangalore, 23 January 2019. Technology company Continental welcomed the new year celebrating the production and sales of one million instrument clusters in India in 2018, the highest annual milestone for the product achieved by their Central Electronics Plant in Bangalore.
Continental has over 100 years of experience in developing and producing driver information systems and solutions. As a full-range provider, Continental’s portfolio includes all instrumentation variations, from entry-level to premium models, from simple analog to complex full digital solutions. In India, Continental supplies instrument clusters to all key vehicle manufacturers for the domestic market as well as exports. Since start of production of clusters from the Bangalore plant in 2008, the company has crossed production of 8 million instrument clusters.
According to Dr. Frank Rabe, Executive Vice President and head of BU Instrumentation & Driver HMI, Continental AG, “This milestone for Continental India underscores our strength in the market, considering the total production volume of passenger cars in India in 2018 was approximately 4 million. In addition to serving the Indian market, our instrument clusters are also fitted in cars sold in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa.”
He further added, “Drivers should see what they need, and where they need. As a technology company, our focus is to offer flexible platform solutions and state-of-the-art technology that enable this. A portfolio as broad and in-depth as ours can deliver a suitable display solution for virtually any requirement, including classic analog or fully digital instrument clusters, head-up displays, and automotive-compatible display solutions.”
Says Prasad C Basappa, Head of Instrumentation & Driver HMI business for India, “Our instrument clusters continue to be in high demand. With the growth of the Indian market, we are expanding the range of models we serve. We have continuously developed the technology, and thanks to our close collaboration with customers, we have been able to harmonize our products to customer requirements at optimal cost. We crossed the production and sales of one million clusters in one year. This translates into approximately three clusters produced every minute at our plant - therefore, in a minute there are 3 cars sold somewhere in the world, with an instrument cluster produced by Continental in Bangalore.
Following the global technology trends and the demands from young and digitally savvy vehicle buyers, we expect the Indian vehicle market to move from analog instrument clusters to fully digital clusters. This technological shift will not only make driving safer and more comfortable, it also presents a new opportunity for our development and production teams here in India,” he added.
Human-machine Interface (HMI) for comfort as well as safety
The purpose of a display is to present information to the driver, precise and relevant at any given point in time and in the current driving situation. The driver should be able to connect and collaborate with the vehicle’s automated systems safely and comfortably. Digital displays are easily comprehensible even for a fatigued driver. Continental’s instrument clusters, with their sophisticated HMI concept, offer attractive and well-structured possibilities to keep the driver informed. They are also intuitive, thus ensuring minimized driver distraction. Their flexible design makes it possible to realize almost all styling requests the vehicle manufacturer might have. As an extension of instrument clusters, head-up displays are a key technology in holistic human-machine interaction –Drivers no longer have to take their eyes off the road to read information from the instrument cluster, instead they get the information directly in their field of view in the windshield. This kind of intuitive dialog between vehicle and driver not only makes driving more enjoyable but also creates increased trust in driver assistance systems, the first step towards automated driving.