Continental Engineering Services Is Developing a Special Head-Up Display for Sports Cars
New technology for head-up displays is particularly suitable for vehicles with limited installation space
Outstanding display quality and reliable visualization despite compact design
Head-up displays are a key technology in human-machine communication as they enhance safety and comfort
Frankfurt, June 17, 2019. Technology company Continental has developed the first ultra-compact, high-performance head-up display (HUD) in a project spearheaded by its own development and production service provider, Continental Engineering Services. The head-up display is particularly suitable for integration into cockpits with limited installation space, such as in sports cars. It allows for reliable visualization of information in the driver’s field of vision, which makes it intuitive and safe to use, even for this vehicle class. This is especially important because driving functions are increasingly being transferred from drivers to vehicles, including in sports cars, as we move toward automated driving. This enhances safety and comfort when driving in traffic jams, for instance, when the momentum and agility of a sports car is not utilized.
What has long been a standard feature in luxury series vehicles has so far been difficult to achieve in vehicles with special space requirements, such as sports cars. By optimizing the virtual image size visible to the driver in the windshield and modifying the projection distance, the developers at Continental Engineering Services have succeeded in significantly reducing the space taken up by the HUD. “Our compact head-up display allows highly accurate visualization of information on a projection area that is slightly smaller than in standard vehicles”, explained Dr. Christian Trapp, senior manager of head-up displays at Continental Engineering Services. “With the smaller outward field of vision, our new development is in line with the vehicle concepts of most manufacturers.”
With a HUD, drivers receive all relevant information directly in their field of vision – where and when it is needed. While the drivers’ eyes remain focused on the road, all-important information, such as warning messages and speed limits, can always be read. With its HUD portfolio, Continental provides one of the key technologies for holistic human-machine interaction, and enables safe and comfortable communication between people, vehicles and their surroundings.
ContiConnect and ContiPressureCheck: Digital Tire Monitoring for single Vehicles and Fleets
Hanover/Rotterdam, June 17, 2019. Innovative and interconnected services are the basis of future mobility – all along the entire supply chain. And already today, eight out of ten companies use digital solutions to handle and transport goods. Along with the launch of the intelligent radial tire portfolio, Continental is showing their digital solutions at TOC Europe 2019: The new StraddleMaster Radial, ContainerMaster Radial and RT20 with a diameter larger than 24 inches will come with a pre-installed sensor straight from the factory, ready for ContiConnect and ContiPressureCheck.
Tire sensor: Centerpiece of intelligence
With the help of a tire sensor, mounted on the inner liner of a tire, both solutions help operators and entire fleets to maximize their efficiency. The sensor sends alerts if the tire pressure or temperature deviate from the defined value. By providing this information operators and fleets benefit from a reduced number of breakdowns, lower maintenance costs, and increased vehicle’s uptime. The solutions allow to act proactively instead of fixing problems reactively not only for single vehicles but for entire fleets.
ContiConnect: Fleet solution
The data gathered by the sensor will be collected by a yard reader station as the vehicle passes by the receiver in the yard and sends the data to the backend where it is analyzed and interpreted. The yard reader station is installed at the fleet´s frequent touch points, like washing bay, gas stations or other check-points.
The browser-based web portal offers various display options. It shows the history of the tire data and enables retrospective analyses. The web portal allows a remote monitoring of the entire fleet´s tire performance and puts control into the hands of the fleet managers.
ContiPressureCheck: Single vehicle system
Besides ContiConnect for fleets, Continental also offers ContiPressureCheck, a system for single vehicles. The ContiPressureCheck system displays the tire sensor’s data on a screen in the driver’s cabin or on the handheld tool and warns before a condition becomes critical. It can be integrated into third-party telematics solutions for 24/7 multiple vehicle monitoring, too. ContiPressureCheck has been in the market successfully for six years now and is available 47 countries.
TOC Europe 2019: Continental Introduces New Radial Tire Portfolio for Port Applications
Holistic product range: Continental will become full solutions provider for the port industry
New radial products deliver high mileage and lifetime for good performance in load & carry applications
Hanover/Rotterdam, June 17, 2019. Continental will debut its new radial port tire portfolio at this year's TOC Europe in Rotterdam, developed to meet the exacting demands of vehicles utilized in terminal operations. With this newly expanded port portfolio specifically designed for load & carry applications, Continental becomes a full solutions provider for port operations. Under the slogan ‘Every move you make’, the technology company will show its complete port product range at the trade fair, including V.ply tires, radial tires and digital solutions. TOC Europe takes place from June 18 - 20 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Visitors will find Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) at booth D72 in Hall 1 at Rotterdam Ahoy.
New radial tires: High mileage and endurance for load & carry applications
Day in and day out, containers are transported many kilometers from one location to another on the extensive grounds of international ports. For these demanding load & carry applications, radial tires are the perfect solution. They offer low heat generation and a flat tread contour, ensuring a high level of endurance and mileage over long distances. With the launch of three new radial tires for port applications – the ContiRT20 in 24” sizes, the ContainerMaster Radial and the StraddleMaster Radial – Continental begins a new chapter in its port history. The tires are perfectly suited to various vehicle types utilized in load & carry applications, including heavy forklift trucks, empty container handlers, reach stackers, straddle carriers and terminal tractors, amongst others.
Holistic product range: Extensive portfolio fits all customer requirements
Also on display at TOC Europe will be Continental’s V.ply tires with Port Plus Compound, which are the perfect solution for typical pick & stack applications. When loading and unloading containers around the container stack, mobile crane type vehicles such as reach stackers, empty container handlers and rubber tired gantry cranes (RTG), need to drive short distances at low speed. However, they have a high load requirement and a high degree of turning on the spot. The V.ply construction offers good stability and wear; the strong sidewalls and the highly abrasive and crack-resistant compound make them the perfect solution for these daily challenges.
With the expansion of the port portfolio, Continental is able to offer the most suitable tire for all required vehicle/application combinations. Whether a vehicle is designated to perform pick & stack or load & carry applications, or even both tasks, customers can rely on the extensive experience of Continental.
Additionally, Continental will also showcase its digital tire pressure monitoring systems for individual vehicles and ContiConnect for fleets, which enhance safety and efficiency in terminal operations.
Continental Previews Holistic Product Range for Port Applications
New radial products expand Continental’s comprehensive portfolio
Tires and solutions to meet the specific demands of port costumers
Hanover/Rotterdam, June 17, 2019. The majority of international goods exchange is carried out by sea. Operators in port and intermodal operations are therefore under great pressure to find solutions for their highly specialized needs in order to master the challenging conditions of everyday logistics operations. Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) offers a holistic product range of port tires and digital solutions for fleets. It was specifically developed to meet the high demands of all vehicles utilized in terminal operations, such as straddle carriers, reach stackers, rubber tire gantry cranes, terminal tractors and trailers, and heavy-duty forklifts.
The comprehensive portfolio combines the completely new radial tires as well as the proven V.ply tires. Both product lines offer performance and safety in everyday port and intermodal operations with cost saving potentials and positive environmental effects. While V.ply tires offer excellent performance in pick & stack type applications with limited distances, radial tires are perfectly suited for longer distances which are typical for load & carry applications.
The radial tires feature a single steel body construction: Sidewall and tread work independently of each other, wherefore the contact patch is stiffer and wider with a more even distribution on the ground surface. This ensures an improved traction and braking behavior as well as a more even tread wear when transporting containers over longer distances from one location to another. Radial tires further offer low heat generation and a flat tread contour ensures a high level of endurance and mileage over longer distances. All new radial tires come with a pre-installed tire sensor straight from the factory. The sensors measure inflation pressure and tire temperature simplifying pressure maintenance to increase the overall lifetime of the tire and allowing customers to avoid tire-related downtimes.
Thanks to the multiple layered high resistance polymer fibre construction, the proven V.ply tire portfolio offers a high degree of stability with excellent turning on the spot conditions, strong sidewalls and new abrasive and crack resistant compound.
The new StraddleMaster Radial tires have been developed for the requirements of straddle and shuttle carriers as well as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) mostly operating in load & carry applications. The central tire rib and the closed shoulder ensure longitudinal driving and cornering stability resulting in a high driver comfort and steering precision which is needed when transporting containers over longer distances in ports. The tire is ideally suited even in wet conditions: Due to the deep wide longitudinal tread grooves, water is dissipated quickly to ensure that traction is maintained. The innovative tread compound ensures a low heat build-up and reduced wear in higher speed and longer distance applications. This leads to an increased lifetime and endurance of the tire. As an intelligent tire, the StraddleMaster Radial comes with pre-installed tire sensor. The tire will be available in sizes 450/95 R 25 (16.00 R 25 equivalent), 480/95 R 25, 18.00 R 25 and 18.00 R 33.
The ContainerMaster Radial tire is an all-round tire that can be used in both pick & stack and load & carry applications. With its open shoulder design and deep tread depth, the tire performs best on Heavy Forklifts, Reach Stackers and Loaded Container Handler/Top Loaders, where a high tire mileage and lifetime is important. Thanks to its multiple steel belt construction and deep u-shaped tread grooves, the tire ejects stones and foreign objects from port surfaces increasing resistance to damage that can cause punctures. This effect is enhanced with the innovative tread compound with a high resistance to tread cracking leading to increased durability. Like its StraddleMaster Radial companion, it comes equipped with a tire sensor straight from the factory. The tire will be available in the sizes 16.00 R 25, 18.00 R 25 and 18.00 R33.
The ContiRT20 Radial has been developed for the requirements of Empty Container Handlers (ECH) and Heavy Fork Lift Trucks (HFLT). When loading and unloading containers, traction on all kinds of surfaces is important. The tire design therefore features a high number of multiple tread edges offering a good grip and high mileage performance. The large robust tread blocks are linked with tie bars to provide tread stability with less vibration and a stable delivery of tractive forces. Tire life is maximized due to the innovative tread compound with a high resistance to abrasive wear. Available in sizes 12.00 R 24 and 14.00 R 24, main fitment is for Empty Container Handlers and Heavy Fork Lift Trucks used in both port and industrial applications. The RT20 will also come with pre-installed tire sensor.
In contrast to the ContiRT20 Radial, the ContiRV20 tire has a closed shoulder design for use in the most demanding and challenging conditions. It is the tire of choice for terminal tractors, trailers and forklifts that operate in environments with uneven surfaces and a high risk of objects on the driving surface. Its highly resistant tread compound and closed shoulder design provide outstanding longevity. The ContiRV20 ensures maximum efficiency in drive force transmission at the same time providing superb grip and traction even in wet conditions. Short stopping distances on slippery or sloping surfaces improve the safety of driver and load. In addition, the design supports ride comfort and vehicle handling.
The TerminalMaster has been developed for the requirements of terminal tractors and trailers used in material operations in port terminals and other industrial applications. The tire has a larger tread depth of 24 up to 31 mm and is based on the proven tread design of the ContiRV20. The closed shoulder and the wear-resistant compound of the tire provide low abrasion, even wear and a high resistance to damage. A reinforced bead construction guarantees a long life expectancy with less downtime even under heavy use. These factors not only ensure a smooth running, excellent handling characteristics and a high load capacity of the tire. They also help to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and total cost of ownership. The TerminalMaster is equipped with Continental’s patented visual alignment indicator VAI, which helps identifying incorrect wheel alignments and suspension settings without complex electronic measurements. Thereby, it simplifies maintenance and reduces effort and costs.
The TerminalTransport is an allround radial tire performing with its closed shoulder design and well-proven tread layout on all axle positions of a terminal tractor and terminal trailers. In the style of a classical truck tire, the TerminalTransport tire is specifically designed for high mileage and low rolling resistance. Due to its enhanced load index, it is able to handle the high loads in terminal transports safely – therefore it is the tire of choice for an environment with newer and even surfaces. It provides low energy consumption, excellent wet grip and traction, ride comfort and even wear at reasonable cost.
The ContainerMaster+ and DockMaster+ tires are applicable for reach stackers, empty container handlers and heavy-duty forklifts. Whereas the ContainerMaster+ is well suited for the typical operating conditions in most ports, the DockMaster+ is a slick tire especially designed for particularly challenging tasks such as twisting and turning on the spot. Both tires feature strong sidewalls that offer protection against damage. With high stability and low deflection, they offer a very stable platform for a vehicle to load, unload and transport containers. In addition, they offer a lower rolling resistance. This leads to lower fuel consumption and a longer service life. Both tires feature the Port Plus compound with improved wear performance. Operators benefit from an increased safety and an optimized cost-performance-ratio.
The StraddleMaster+ combines improved safety and handling with reduced operating costs. It enables a smooth slowdown of the vehicle even if the brakes are applied hard. In addition, vehicle operating costs and downtimes are reduced as the strong tire sidewalls provide excellent protection against damage, thus ensuring a longer lifetime. The StraddleMaster+ is especially suitable for AGV’s where its low rolling resistance, precise steering and long life make it a popular fitment in both European and American terminals.
The CraneMaster is designed to enhance operating performance and endurance under enormous weights. Gantry cranes often turn on the spot under load. The fact that a rubber tire gantry crane does not move when its wheels are turned, puts tremendous stress on the tires, resulting in frequent flat spots and damages. When the deformed carcass is moved, tire wear increases exponentially. Tire lifetime is also shortened by UV radiation that accelerates the aging process of rubber dramatically, causing visible cracks in the tire surface. The CraneMaster minimizes these effects. It offers an exceptionally robust tire construction and rounded tread contour that reduces wear as well as casing damages and tread stress cracking. Its design makes the CraneMaster a perfect tire for application on mobile harbor cranes and automated guided vehicles. Compared to conventional tires, it provides superior maneuverability, improved steering on the spot, less internal movement rolling resistance, delayed aging and a better wear picture. All these factors contribute to a better driving performance, lower fuel consumption and therefore a reduction of overall costs.
The Trailer is a solid tire with a slick tread design. It is tailor-made for tough applications with a high risk of impact and damage. Being a solid tire, it will not puncture and there is no need for air pressure maintenance. The smooth tread pattern prevents ‘saw tooth’ wear and thus, vibrations. The tire is stable, puncture resistant, maintenance-free and therefore a quality and cost effective solution, when high load capacity, low vibration, low rolling resistance and long service life are priorities.
Continental and Leia´s new 3D Lightfield Display bring the third dimension into Automotive vehicles
Innovative Lightfield technology generates an unprecedented 3D experience for all vehicle passengers without special eyewear
Comprehensive display technology and content platform for increased safety and comfort demands within the vehicle
Continental works together with Silicon Valley company Leia Inc.
Babenhausen (Germany), June 11, 2019. A stop-sign, shining red hovers in front of the screen. Rows of houses rise out of the navigation system. The vehicle manufacturer’s logo rotates in the air in front of the dashboard. With these kinds of three-dimensional effects, Continental aims to revolutionize the way displays are configured in automotive vehicles. The technology company is currently developing an innovative cockpit solution, the Natural 3D Lightfield Instrument Cluster, in cooperation with Silicon Valley company Leia Inc. that will bring the third dimension into upcoming automotive vehicles, with unprecedented quality. Lightfield displays are the next generation of medium allowing not only the comfortable perception of 3D depth, but also the rendering of highlights, sparkles and other complex light effects. The technology enables information to be safely presented to the driver in real-time, allowing the driver´s interaction with the vehicle to become more comfortable and intuitive. It also allows passengers in the front and back seats to share the 3D experience with the driver.
“A new dimension of comfort and safety”
The new Lightfield cockpit is an evolutionary step in the design of the human-machine interaction within automotive vehicles. “One of today’s greatest challenges in the automotive industry is to develop intelligent concepts for the human-machine interaction. To create solutions that enhance the driver experience and allow the driver to simply and effectively interact with the vehicle without becoming distracted from the road”, explains Dr. Frank Rabe, head of business unit Instrumentation & Driver HMI at Continental. “The new Lightfield display does not just bring the third dimension of the highest quality into the vehicle - the innovative technology also creates a new dimension of comfort and safety. In addition, our solution provides every vehicle manufacturer the possibility to enhance the driver experience for their customers and to differentiate themselves from competitors thanks to customized scopes for design.” The new system is said to go into series production by 2022.
On the way to automated driving, there will be more opportunities for the driver to engage in other activities such as video calling, internet browsing or watching shows and movies. “The car is clearly the next frontier for Mobile” says David Fattal, Leia Inc. co-founder and CEO. “To us it’s a bigger, more immersive version of a smartphone with full 3D awareness of its environment. It’s a logical place to deploy our growing Lightfield ecosystem of immersive gaming, video streaming, social sharing, or even e-commerce.”
Visualizing content on a wide display specially designed for in-car visual comfort will be much more refined and enjoyable than using one´s smartphone. It will also offer the opportunity to leverage internal or external camera systems for video calling or augmented reality functions, a feature that the partnership intends to exploit.
3D Lightfield content can be seen by everyone in the vehicle
Leia´s Lightfield technology used for Continental’s natural 3D display does not need a head-tracker camera – a practical and, of course, cost-efficient advantage. Moreover, passengers in the front and back seats can also clearly see the same 3D image from their seated positions – something that was previously not possible. Furthermore, there is yet another leap in quality of the new system in comparison with previous 3D-methods. The 3D-image produced by the Lightfield display is made up of a total of eight perspectives of the same object that subtly vary according to the point-of-view.
A glance at the Lightfield display "wanders" when changing the angle from every passenger position – in this way an exceptional and unique natural display of information is possible. “Thanks to our Lightfield display, we achieve a completely new level of 3D-image display”, says Kai Hohmann, Product Manager, Display Solutions at Continental. “The newly developed light conductor with nanostructures is essential for the quality. We are not refracting the light, we are bending and guiding it precisely to attain the optimal 3D-effect needed. Only via this technology it is possible to meet the ever-increasing requirements for comfort and safety within the interior of the vehicle.”
Continental is now adapting Leia’s technology for use in automotive vehicles. Until recently, either parallax barriers or lenticular techniques were used to achieve a glasses-free 3D effect. They achieve a 3D effect through a special method of blocking or refracting light. Parallax barrier systems, in particular, offer only a single user application by requiring a head tracker system to adjust the 3D views towards the observer´s exact head position. Furthermore, in a similar way to a filter, they can negatively impact the perceived image quality and effectiveness of the light output in a multi-user application designed for the driver, co-driver and rear passenger. For the automotive industry, the highest quality especially for displaying information is imperative. Continental’s new 3D Lightfield application comprising Leia’s DLB™ (Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting) technology offers the next level above conventional 3D displays and enables a crystal-clear screen, even when sunlight is shining directly onto it.
Use of nanotechnology from Silicon Valley
The quality of the resolution as well as the look and feel of the Natural 3D Lightfield Instrument Cluster is clearly higher than that of conventional 3D-displays. This has been achieved thanks to Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting, which is a newly developed technology, whereby light conductors with diffraction grating and nanostructures create a precise diffraction of light under the display panel – thus creating a natural 3D-effect. This light-field module can be easily integrated into commercially available displays.
“Leia has developed cutting-edge nano manufacturing process suitable for large scale and mass volume, which allowed the commercialization of its technology last year. We have bridged advanced lithography onto large-scale substrate with high yield and competitive cost, leveraging experience rooted from HP and continued in-house development over the past five years. Now we will bring this unique capability to even larger scale while complying with automotive safety standards and cost competitiveness”, says Zhen Peng, Leia Inc.’s co-founder and CTO. Leia’s Lightfield technology made its commercial debut in the U.S. through smartphone displays with AT&T and Verizon. Consumers are already able to enjoy gaming, movies, augmented reality and the sharing of pictures in unprecedented 3D quality. The Lightfield experience consists of the Lightfield display and a comprehensive amount of automotive use case applications which will be provided by Continental.
Automotive content and Lightfield SDK
The partnership goes beyond hardware and the two companies are also collaborating on content creation and developer ecosystem support. Leia currently offers a creative toolkit to convert or create content to the Lightfield format, with automatic settings to ensure visual comfort. There are many possible applications for the new display’s Lightfield projection. Warnings from the driver assistant system will be illustrated in 3D; directions from the navigation system can be even more clearly presented; graphic display of the parking assistant – such as the 360-degree bird view assistant - will become a real eye-catcher in 3D, and the greeting by the vehicle system can be enhanced using 3D-animations so that the manufacturers logo rotates in 3D. “In this case it is important to note that the 3D-animations of our new display do not fly through the car, like they would in the cinema”, Hohmann emphasizes. “We work with the graphic depth to the rear and allow all 3D-objects a maximum of five centimeters out of the picture. This is much more relaxed for the eye and will ensure the driver does not become distracted”. And of course, for the full 3D-effect, no glasses are required. Every projection can be seen by the naked eye.
The collaboration plans to leverage Continental’s expertise in automotive information systems and sensors to augment Leia’s content platform LeiaLoft™ and enables car manufacturers and third-party developers to easily create “holographic” apps for the car of tomorrow. This Automotive Software Development Kit (SDK) will give developers access to the car’s interior and exterior environment in full 3D and enable a host of applications from holographic navigation, park assist or augmented reality on the digital cluster or central information display.
“We are thrilled to tailor our Lightfield platform to automotive. By leveraging specific sensors’ data (Lidar, cameras) we will deliver premium applications as well as bring the mobile ecosystem into the car to create an enhanced driver’s experience.”, says Pierre-Emmanuel Evreux, Leia Inc. co-founder and president.
The collaboration with Leia Inc. was initiated by co-pace, Continental’s start-up organization. Through the Corporate Venture Capital team of Continental, the commitment was further cemented with a minority stake investment. Co-pace enables partnerships of innovative external start-up companies with Continental.
Continental presents the Natural 3D Instrument Cluster for the first time at the CES Asia in Shanghai. Visitors can find Continental from June 11 to 13, 2019 in Hall N5, Booth #5702 & #5716 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center.
Continental Extends Production Facilities in Lousado, Portugal, with Investments of around 100 million Euro
New production facilities for radial off-the-road (OTR) tires is part of Continental’s growth strategy Vision 2025
Both earthmoving and port radial tires larger than 24 inches will roll-off the new assembly line
More than 100 additional jobs created
Hanover/Lousado, June 11, 2019. Continental is taking another step on its growth path: With investments totaling around 100 million Euro, the technology company and manufacturer of premium tires is expanding their production facilities in Lousado, Portugal. The new capacity will be used for the production of radial Earthmoving and Port tires with a diameter larger than 24 inches. In the course of the ramp-up, more than 100 new jobs will be created.
“Thanks to the investments and additional capacity created, we are continuing to pursue the growth strategy of the tire division. Both the port and earthmoving segments are among the key growth areas in the commercial specialty tire market. The new production lines clearly reflect our commitment to these segments and the overall OTR business”, said Christian Kötz, member of the Executive Board at Continental and head of the Tire division.
The new production hall is created adjacent to the radial agricultural tire production facility opened in 2017. Equipped with state-of-the-art tire building machinery and automated devices, it is designed to deliver cutting-edge radial tires while following the highest of ergonomic standards. Once at full speed, the production lines will deliver three earthmoving tire lines and another three port tire lines. Besides the new production facilities, the research and development center in Lousado is being expanded and will be used for continuous performance and quality tests of all agricultural, port and earthmoving tires. “This investment strengthens our footprint in Lousado and transforms the top-efficiency plant into a competence center for big radial tires for off-road use”, concludes Kötz.
To date, the Portuguese plant employs more than 2,000 people. In addition to agricultural, port and earthmoving tires, Lousado also manufactures passenger car tires with a production coming to around 18 million tires. Over the past years, Continental has invested around 150 million Euro into increasing the production of passenger car tires, expanding high-performance tire production and ramping-up the production of agricultural tires in Lousado. Investments like these are in response to Continental Tire’s long-term Vision 2025 strategy. In addition to investments in Lousado, Continental has invested in various facility expansions and technology offerings including the Commercial Vehicle Tire Plant in Clinton, Mississippi; capacity extensions in other existing tire plants, such as Sumter, South Carolina, and projects like the Automated Indoor Braking Analyzer at the company’s Contidrom Proving Grounds near Hanover, Germany; the new testing center in Uvalde, Texas, USA; and the High Performance Technology Center in Korbach, Germany.
It Just Keeps on Saving Fuel: The eHorizon Cracks the One Billion Liter Mark
The sensor system has saved more than one billion liters of diesel and three million tons of CO2 in truck traffic since 2012
Information from the eHorizon helps to optimize other system functions
Next generation analyzes traffic flow and can save up to two percent more fuel
Frankfurt, June 6, 2019. Since 2012, trucks equipped with the static eHorizon from the technology company Continental have saved over one billion liters of diesel – or the equivalent of nearly three million tons of CO2.* “The static eHorizon is proof that the right product conserves resources in the cost-driven truck industry. This investment not only pays off for truck manufacturers but is also helping the environment”, says Gilles Mabire, Head of Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket at Continental.
Around 410,000 commercial vehicles are equipped with the static eHorizon today. Continental works with a total of ten truck manufacturers, including numerous well-known companies from Europe, Asia and the USA – and the company expects further growth in the near future, particularly in North America. “The US market is picking up strongly,” explains Mabire.
The static eHorizon delivers information about the condition of the route ahead to the ECUs in the vehicle, based on highly precise topographical route data from the location cloud developer HERE Technologies and GPS signal information. The ECUs then automatically adapt driving style and speed.
Aftertreatment of exhaust gases, energy recovery and co. – exploiting more saving potential
Adaptive cruise control or predictive transmission control to avoid unnecessary gear changes are not the only applications that commercial vehicle manufacturers can implement with the sensor system. “Customers can also use the information from the eHorizon to optimize other system functions like the exhaust gas aftertreatment and increase their potential savings even more,” explains Dr. Raimund Varnhagen, Head of Product Management eHorizon, Telematics and Automated Driving for Commercial Vehicles at Continental. This is usually done by simply updating the software of the relevant algorithms.
The list of possibilities is long, and includes the optimization of heat recovery and exhaust gas aftertreatment, since the ideal time for particle filter regeneration can be calculated based on the eHorizon data for the route ahead. This prevents the energy-intensive process from being interrupted and having to be repeated, which occurs, for example, if, the engine requires a lot of additional power on a steep hill. Additionally, the rear axle oil pressure can be regulated automatically to minimize oil losses, and the air conditioning system can be used efficiently for thermal energy recovery. The combination of just a few applications like this also significantly adds to a reduced fuel consumption.
Next generation reduces fuel consumption by another two percent
The next generation of the electronic horizon, the so called dynamic eHorizon, offers an additional savings potential of up to two percent compared to its predecessor. In this expansion stage, the digital map material is updated in close to real time through networking with the cloud, providing accurate and fresh data on the current traffic situation. Since the driving behavior can be adapted to the current traffic situation at an early stage, this not only increases safety, but the eHorizon also becomes an important basis for automated driving. Continental is currently testing the dynamic eHorizon in various predevelopment projects specifically for commercial vehicles.
* The exact values are 1.13 billion liters of diesel and 2.98 million tonnes of CO2' . They are based on modeling by Continental, which takes into account not only the annual mileage and fuel consumption per truck, but also the number of vehicles delivered.
Ready for the DTCO 4.0: TIS-Web Continues to Comply With the Law and Is Even Smarter
With the new software version TIS-Web DMM 5.0, fleet managers can also meet their legal storage and archiving obligations when using the new intelligent tachograph
Fully reworked user interface and responsive design provide a better fleet overview
Numerous analytical functions announced as updates
TIS-Web Motion: Continuous, up-to-date data on the condition and location of all vehicles
Munich/Villingen-Schwenningen, June 4th 2019. The introduction of the intelligent digital tachograph also has repercussions for fleet management. To ensure that fleet operators can continue to meet their legal obligations relating to data archiving, the technology company Continental has developed a new version of its VDO TIS-Web fleet management system. The software can be ordered with immediate effect. Among other things, the new generation of software is required due to the modified encryption technology in the intelligent tachograph. However, Continental has done far more than simply implement the necessary updates: Many further innovations make fleet management with TIS-Web DMM 5.0 even more convenient and efficient. “With the new version, we wanted to achieve three things,” explains Marcello Lucarelli, Head of the Business Segment Tachographs, Telematics and Services at Continental. “The certainty for our customers that they comply with legal requirements, an intuitive user interface, and more fleet management functions so that smaller and mid-sized fleets can benefit from the advantages of fleet analysis without any entry-level barriers.”
Meeting legal requirements
The TIS-Web online software consists of individual services, which fleet managers can add and deselect according to requirements. Anyone who uses the Data Management (DMM) core service for the legally compliant read-out, archiving and storage of driver and vehicle data should not delay in migrating from DMM version 4.9. to DMM version 5.0 as soon as the fleet includes a vehicle that has the DTCO 4.0 on board.
Because the intelligent tachograph demands wide-ranging technical changes at all levels, Continental has reprogrammed the VDO TIS-Web system to create a reliable basis for the future. However, this upgrade is not possible by means of simple updates and existing TIS-Web customers will have to switch to TIS-Web DMM 5.0. They can expect to be contacted by Continental or a dealer. Further information can be found at https://www.fleet.vdo.de/
Optimum fleet coordinate system: new fleet analysis functions
However, TIS-Web DMM 5.0 can do much more: Thanks to a wealth of clearly prepared data on drivers, vehicles, driving behavior and tachographs, fleet managers can administer their fleets even more simply and efficiently. They can see vehicles and drivers, driving and rest periods, as well as any infringements, at a glance. The driver’s remaining driving time is also output. The reminder functions for download due dates, card expiry dates, driving license verifications, maintenance or calibration dates and the graphically presented, interactive driver and vehicle activity summaries are also extremely practical. The system also warns fleet managers of possible infringements that could lead to penalties. “Currently more than 250,000 vehicles and 500,000 drivers are being managed with TIS-Web. TIS-Web is available throughout Europe, in every language, with distribution points in each country and technical support in the local language,” says Diego Santos-Burgoa, Head of Sales in the Tachographs, Telematics and Services Business Segment at Continental.
The developers of TIS-Web DMM 5.0 are already planning the next steps: With the forthcoming updates, they will gradually add what will ultimately be an extensive range of analyses to TIS-Web DMM – with a wide choice of statistics and reports, for example on speeds and rpm profiles.
Clear and intuitive: the new dashboard
Continental has completely redesigned the user interface for TIS-Web DMM 5.0. In the dashboard, fleet managers can see at a glance all the information that is important for their work and they can also configure the interface to meet their specific needs. The enhanced clarity and more easily understandable displays simplify day-to-day work and speed up loading times compared to the previous version. Thanks to the responsive design, fleet managers can use TIS-Web on their desktop or on a tablet or smartphone.
Perfect partners: TIS-Web DMM and TIS-Web Motion
The same applies for the latest version of the TIS-Web Motion service. It provides fleet managers with an uncomplicated, intuitive, economical software solution for the more efficient control of their fleets on the basis of up-to-date location data and movement patterns. TIS-Web Motion is therefore the perfect complement to the capabilities offered by the DMM service. For example, with the geofencing feature: If the vehicle travels beyond a point previously defined on the map then a notification automatically appears in the dashboard. This enables trucking companies to inform their customers of the arrival of deliveries to an accuracy of a matter of minutes. This speeds up loading and unloading processes and minimizes vehicle idle times.
A further addition for efficient fleet management is the TIS-Web Data Services. TIS-Web Connect is an intelligent interface that enables tachograph data to be automatically transferred from various fleet management systems to TIS-Web. For data transfer in the other direction, there is TIS-Web Extract, which integrates selected data from TIS-Web into company-specific software solutions such as accounting systems.
Secure, fast and user-friendly – TruckOn service platform now with integrated payment function
Payments can be made easily via the portal
Workshops receive their money quickly and securely
Fleets can register for TruckOn free of charge at transport logistic trade fair in Munich
Munich/Villingen-Schwenningen, June 4, 2019. With Continental’s TruckOn service platform, fleets can book workshop appointments around the clock across national borders – and now they can also pay online. The technology company has expanded the digital service to include a payment function that offers benefits to workshops and fleet operators alike. Thanks to the new feature, the amount due for the service is reserved on the credit card after the booking has been completed. This summer the service will be available for all fixed price services such as tachograph testing. “We place great emphasis on payment security, which is a crucial element for the TruckOn platform,” says Marcello Lucarelli, Head of the Tachographs, Telematics and Services Business Segment at Continental. “With this integration of the payment function, we have now taken an important first step – and we will continue to expand the function this year.”
Simple and secure payment management
Here’s how the new function works – for a small fee, workshops can add the new payment function to their free profile at TruckOn. Fleet managers can then access the portal and easily pay for a fixed price service. To do this, they store their credit card details in the system.
When a fleet books an appointment for a fixed price service and the workshop accepts the appointment, the amount is reserved on the fleet’s credit card. After the appointment has been completed, the service fee will be debited and the customer receives invoice and documentation. If the order is cancelled, the amount on the credit card will be instantly released. “Workshops benefit from fast payment for their services,” says Viridiana Chaveron, Project Manager for TruckOn at Continental. “It simplifies the processes, for drivers as well, who no longer need to worry about payment on site.”
In the next step, Continental will extend the payment function to include workshop services with variable prices. An update for this function will be available later this year.
Digital booking platform ensures transparency
As a digital booking platform for commercial vehicle services, TruckOn supports fleets in planning for upcoming workshop services and organizing maintenance more efficiently, by making it possible to include workshop visits during trips with peace of mind, for example, or by providing speedy help in the event of an unplanned breakdown during a trip. This enables fleet managers to maximize the operating times of their vehicles. The platform also provides more transparency for example through the evaluation of the workshops by customers, thus creating ‘long-distance confidence’. TruckOn offers workshops an easy entry into online business, helping them to gain new customers. Workshop companies can also use TruckOn to fully optimize their processes and workloads, keeping a clear overview of their bookings and deadlines at all times.
The TruckOn platform is already available in Germany, Italy and Spain at TruckOn.com and will be made available in France this year. Continental will be showcasing its TruckOn platform at the transport logistic trade fair from June 4–7 in Munich where it will also be providing information on the new integrated payment function. Fleets and workshops can register for free during the fair at the VDO booth 309/410 in Hall A3.
Closed-Trough Conveyor Belts Ensure Energy-Efficient and Low-Dust Coal Transport in China
Closed-trough conveyor belts enable clean material transport through rough terrain at one of China’s largest coal mining sites
Closed conveyor system with low rolling resistance saves 2,880 metric tons of coal dust emissions each year and protects the environment
Hanover, May 29, 2019. In Yangquan, northern China’s Shanxi province, Continental is using a closed-trough conveyor belt system to ensure the smooth and environmentally friendly extraction of pit coal. The closed system minimizes dust emissions at operator YanKan Coal’s mining site, and is also fireproof and has low rolling resistance, making it particularly energy-efficient. The system, which is one of the longest closed-trough conveyor belt systems in China, covers a distance of 8.1 kilometers.
Be it smartphones, tablets, gasoline and electric drives, buildings, machinery and vehicles, or even their production sites; they all have one thing in common: They all need energy and raw materials in order to be produced and operated. For this reason, oil and natural gas, precious metals, rare earths, iron ores as a raw material for steel processing and of course coal, are mined, collected and extracted around the globe. In China, coal serves as a major source for national energy production, making it the most important resource for covering the country’s vast energy requirements. The densely populated country has developed tremendous demand for energy due to rapid industrialization, its booming economy and the associated standard of living in recent decades. And there is plenty of coal in China; in particular, the autonomous Inner Mongolia and Shanxi regions in the north of the country have large deposits of the fossil fuel. The People’s Republic currently covers about 60 percent of total energy production by mining it (source: Reuters)*. This makes the People’s Republic one of the largest producing countries in the world.
Making coal mining environmentally friendly while at the same time investing in the expansion of renewable energies are important aspects of China’s energy policy. This is where the products from Continental help.
Clean material transport for better air and added safety
In China, as is the case around the globe, it is all about balancing the energy needs of the population and industry on the one hand, with climate change mitigation on the other. “For the operators of mining facilities, the fundamental question is which technical solution is the safest, most reliable and cost-effective method of transporting coal and other raw materials from the perspective of climate protection and energy efficiency,” says Stephan Weisgerber from Continental in China.
The operator of the coal mine, YanKan Coal, in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi, is therefore relying on Continental closed-trough conveyor belts, also known as pipe conveyor belt. Especially with the demand of the Chinese government for climate protection in coal mining, these are increasingly becoming the means of choice. In general, conveyor belts have emerged as the financially and environmentally more advantageous transport solution within a certain distance compared with alternatives such as truck fleets, since their operation emits less CO2 and there is no need for empty trips. Closed systems such as tube conveyors also offer other decisive benefits. They minimize dust emissions. In addition, the transported material itself is well protected against environmental influences such as wind, snow, sun and rain. “This is done by rolling up the belt,” explains Weisgerber. The outside edges of the belt overlap throughout the entire duration of transportation like a protective casing for the transported material. Only when taking up and delivering material do the closed-trough belts open up and assume the shape of a conventional conveyor belt.
It is estimated that coal dust emissions caused by gusts of wind, snow and rain amount to 0.12 percent of transported materials when open conveyor systems are used. In Yangquan, the Continental tube conveyor, with a width of 1,600 mm and an outer pipe diameter of 458 mm, transports 1,000 metric tons of coal per hour and 2.4 million metric tons of coal per year. “This results in an enormous saving of 2,880 metric tons of coal dust emissions per year – and thus significantly improves air quality. Thus, our system also protects the health of mine workers and improves the quality of life of the people living in the area,” Weisgerber emphasizes.
“We decided to use Continental’s closed-trough conveyor belts because they fully meet the relevant requirements with regard to climate protection, safety and efficiency,” says BiGui Chen from YanKan Coal. Continental’s technology helps meet stringent safety regulations for coal mines that dictate the maximum concentration of dust in the air. This is required not only when it comes to health and air quality, because among the most dreaded accidents in mining are coal dust explosions – a destructive reaction of coal dust with oxygen. These can occur very quickly when whirled particles of coal dust react with the oxygen in the air due to sparks, heated parts of equipment or similar. “The closed system from Continental is ideal, because no dust can escape. The closed-trough conveyor belts in Yangquan are also flame-retardant, adding another layer of safety,” BiGui Chen adds.
Flexible adaptation artist for rough terrain
Shanxi’s coalfields account for 37 percent of the province’s total area. There are approximately 200 billion metric tons here, which roughly equates to one third of China’s coal deposits (source: China Tourism)**. Much of the province is more than 1,000 meters above sea level. Consequently, the 13.37-square-kilometer mining area of YanKan Coal Ltd. in Yangquan, which is equivalent to approximately 1,870 football fields in size, is also hilly and almost impassable.
In mining, whether above or below ground as well as in industrial applications, large inclines and tight bends with low space requirements and high mass flows must often be overcome. While the angle of incline of troughed belt conveyors is usually 20° or less and curve radii remain very large, a pipe conveyor allows curve radii and tilt angles of up to 30°. The Yangquan closed-trough conveyor belt overcomes elevation differences of up to 172 meters over its 8.1-kilometer stretch from the coal deposit to the transfer station, going through a complex route with over 39 convex, concave and 20 horizontal bends. “Our closed-trough conveyor belt easily masters tight bends and steep conveyor angles and thus adapts perfectly to the landscape to save space. Our system is characterized by the fact that it manages without transfer points,” says Ming-Ya Tang from Continental. This also has a positive effect on the installation costs of the assembly, which are generally cheaper than for assemblies with transfer points.
Quickly switching to energy-saving mode
In Yangquan, the closed-trough conveyor belt system transports pit coal at a high speed of 4 m/s or 14.4 kilometers per hour. This is about three times the speed of a pedestrian walking briskly or a cyclist riding at a moderate pace. In terms of efficiency, the system scores points not only with its speed, but also with its energy efficiency. Miles of conveyor belts can consume as much electricity as a small town. Continental has developed a solution for this, too. Using a special rubber compound has enabled it to minimize the rolling resistance of conveyor belts and thus significantly reduce their energy consumption. This arises when the belt runs over the idlers, and accounts for two thirds and therefore the largest share of the total resistive forces of a conveyor system. “With the right compound, we reduced the energy consumption involved in transporting raw materials by 25 percent. This special compound is also used in the facility in Yangquan. This will improve the facility's carbon footprint and save on energy costs for the operator,” says Weisgerber.
Measurements by the Institute for Transport and Automation Technology of the University of Hanover have confirmed results according to which a conveyor system five kilometers in length can save over 3,000 kW of energy. The energy saved in 1.5 hours is therefore as large as the average annual consumption of a household in Germany or that of five households in China.
The right solution for every application
In cooperation with conveyor manufacturer Sichuan Zigong Conveying Machine Group (ZGCMC) and the Continental experts in China, it has been possible to develop a closed-trough conveyor belt system in Yangquan that meets the highest conveyor system engineering requirements and optimally overcomes geographical hurdles – to the customer’s great satisfaction and ensuring the best possible protection for the climate and employees. Closed-trough conveyor belt systems such as the one in Yangquan are also unique. That is because every belt is custom-made to suit the local circumstances. Depending on the requirements, the closed-trough belt is designed with high-quality fabric or steel cable tension members.
One particular challenge is the precise transverse rigidity, which ensures a good tube shape so that the belt does not collapse. If the rigidity is too high, the belt moving resistance will be too high and energy consumption will rise. Here, the expert knowledge of the appropriate engineers is required. In addition, Continental’s customer service engineers in Shandong visit the coal mine on a regular basis to ensure smooth belting, measure wear and check the condition of the closed-trough belt. They remain in constant contact with the operator in the process.
Continental closed-trough belt conveyors have already proven themselves in many places in China – in coal mines as well as in power plants and steel mills. Yangquan’s Shangshe coal mine has a 4.9-kilometer closed-trough conveyor belt system in operation. At the Anyang coal mine in Chenghe (Shaanxi province) and the Hongyuan coal mine in Puxian (Shanxi province), there are also four-pipe conveyors with a total conveying length of 8.7 km. Further projects are already being planned.
Every material – whether coal, cement, waste material, hot slag, wastewater sludge or foodstuffs such as sugar and grain – requires its own conveyor system engineering solution. In addition, there are different climatic zones and topographies that impose specific demands on the conveyor systems. In recycling and gravel operations, in wood processing as well as in power plants, mines, cement or steel mills, in production or chemical plants as well as in harbors, deserts, mountains or rainforests – with its conveyor belt technologies, Continental is on hand wherever raw materials and others goods are mined, processed and distributed.
How the closed-trough conveyor belt system works
The Continental closed-trough conveyor belt system is troughed at the loading point and can be filled like a conventional conveyor belt here. Once the material has been loaded, specially arranged finger rollers ensure that the conveyor belt forms a closed circular belt. Further hexagonal idler stations along the conveyor route ensure closed guidance of the belt. As a result, the conveyed material is continuously protected by the closed belt system. At the end of the belting, the closed belt is opened by the arrangement of the idlers and takes on a flat shape on the pulley in order to unload the conveyed material just like on conventional belt conveyor systems.