Continental To Showcase Sustainable Products At IAA Mobility 2023

Mobility Outlook Bureau
23 Aug 2023
01:15 PM
1 Min Read

The presentation will range from high-performance computers and solutions for cost-efficient implementation of digital mobility to sustainable vehicle interiors of the future and concept tyres for extremely energy-efficient urban driving.

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Continental will focus on software-based and sustainable mobility in its presentation at the IAA Mobility 2023 Expo. The centrepiece in the company's extensive high-performance computer (HPC) portfolio is the Smart Cockpit HPC, a preconfigured system that combines the instrument cluster, infotainment system and advanced driver assistance systems.

The new solution is a virtual Electronic Control Unit (vECU) Creator based on Continental Automotive Edge (CAEdge), a hardware and software development platform. With the help of vECUs, software applications can be 90% programmed before deployment in the target hardware, thereby increasing their efficiency.

In the segment of autonomous mobility, the company is developing integrated full-stack systems for assisted and automated driving in partnership with US semiconductor specialist Ambarella. These scalable multi-sensor systems operate using AI and a particularly powerful, energy-efficient chip system from Ambarella, as well as high-resolution cameras, radar and lidar sensors and associated control units from Continental.

Continental will also present a compact, easy-to-integrate system solution for dynamic near-field projections based on micro-LED technology. This system will be able to signal when a vehicle is changing direction, for example, by projecting dynamic warnings or vehicle dimensions in the vehicle’s immediate surroundings with micro-LEDs.

Further showcasing its future brake systems, a semi-dry brake system is expected to garner much interest at the show. This brake setup utilises “dry” electromechanical brakes on the rear axle that do not require brake fluid. The benefit is that there is no need to fill and bleed the brake system during production, reducing the amount of hazardous old brake fluid that must be disposed of after every change by many millions of litres.

Yet another highlight will be the UltraContact NXT range of tyres, which will use 65% renewable, recycled and mass balance-certified materials. With the production already underway, these tyres have the highest possible rating (“A”) of the EU tyre label in the categories of rolling resistance, wet braking and exterior noise.

Continental will also provide a sneak peek into the interior space of autonomous mobility with its SPACE D design concept and surface materials Benova Eco Protect. The “D” in the name “SPACE D” stands for the high design standards of this visionary concept.

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