At the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 Continental will demonstrate how their employees, and the products and services they have developed, can ensure that mobility in the future is safer, more efficient and even more intelligent.
Highlights will be topics out of the development towards automated driving, electrification of the powertrain and intelligent connectivity of driver, vehicle and environment.
Press conference with CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart
Continental Executive Board Chairman Dr. Elmar Degenhart has showcased the benefits that car drivers and society in general can obtain from the emerging technologies. He focused in particular on:
- The building blocks and benefits of assisted and automated driving
- Hybrid technology for all vehicle classes
- Lightweight materials and components for more efficient vehicles
- Progress in vehicle interconnectivity
- A new generation summer tire from Continental
Here you may find a summery of Dr. Degenhart's quotes:
We systematically work towards three fundamental goals: zero accidents,interconnected and intelligent vehicles with accordingly more comfort and convenience and clean air.”
“Our three focal points are:
- Preparing the way from assisted to automated driving.
- Technically implementing the largely complete, intelligent interconnectivity of vehicles, vehicle users, and the traffic infrastructure.
- And increasing the efficiency of drives and developing electric mobility.
Assisted and Automated Driving
“Zero accidents in road traffic – that is no longer a utopia.”
“The key for zero accidends in road traffic is assisted driving.”
“With systems that monitor the vehicle’s surroundings, we are ultimately putting the chauffeur button for automated driving in the car. With electronics and software, this button is offering additional freedom. This freedom can be used, but doesn’t have to be.”
“Our experience has shown that acceptance of automated driving rises as confidence in the advanced driver assistance systems increases.”
“We are now involving the lawmakers. The time has come to lay the legislative groundwork for the use of automated driving.”
“There must soon be a legal framework for highly automated driving – on freeways, for example – so that it is legally possible for drivers to no longer constantly monitor the situation on the road. We expect to encounter such situations in practice from about 2020 onwards.”
“We anticipate fully-automated driving in certain driving situations to be ready from 2025 onwards. Fully automated means that drivers can devote much of their time to other activities from the start to the end of the trip.”
“For fully-automated driving, our engineers are taking on six key challenges here: sensor technology, cluster connectivity, human-machine dialog, system architecture, failure safety, and acceptance of automated driving.”
Complete System – from intelligent Tires to the electronic Horizon
“The IAA will see the world premiere of our new Continental SportContact 6. The tire offers maximum grip at speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour. A high-tech tire – just as innovative and valuable as new state-of-the-art electronics. After all, it’s such tires that transfer the car’s power intelligently on to the road and ensure highly reliable road-holding.”
“In the future, we will be installing sensors in the tires, which will enable the car to detect the condition of the road’s surface. Tires will therefore become a key part of our sensor network in the car. On this basis, we are working on a complete system for anticipatory driving that is able to learn.”
“Our electronic horizon expands the 300-meter range of the sensors. Thanks to this system, a vehicle can detect what is lurking behind the next curve.”
“Software is the "new wheel" of the industry. Nowadays, nothing can function without it.”
“We currently make about 60 percent of our automotive sales with advanced driver assistance systems and other digitalized technologies such as electronics, sensor systems and software. Last year, those sales exceeded €12 billion. “We expect that, in the next five years, growth here will outperform the average growth in the automotive sector.
Activities to lower fuel consumption and reduce emissions for cleaner air
“Our turbochargers lower CO2 emissions of new vehicles by up to 7 percent, and by up to 13 percent in combination with direct gasoline injection systems.”
“Turbocharger hose lines and transmission crossbeams are becoming increasingly lighter thanks to the use of high-performance plastics.”
“The latest generation of our truck tires saves around 4.6 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers – thanks to improved rolling resistance.”
“With the help of our static electronic horizon in trucks alone, we have been able to help users save over 1500 liters of diesel per truck each year since 2012.”
“Our industry is feeling the increasing pressure of ever stricter, extremely demanding emission regulations. This makes the mild hybrid with a 48-volt on-board power supply so important. It has what it takes to become a popular hybrid because it is relatively affordable and can be used in all vehicle classes. We are going to start mass production in 2016. Not only in Europe, but also in Asia and the U.S.A.”
“A pure electric drive would be a big step in the direction of lower emissions generated directly by the vehicle. But due to the limitations of the current battery technology, such vehicles will remain a niche product for the years to come. We believe that this breakthrough will not take place until one of the next cell generations is launched.”
“The future starts earlier with Continental.”