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      Continental integrates Google Cloud Generative Artificial Intelligence into Smart Cockpit HighPerformance Computer

      • New partnership between Continental and Google Cloud to create intuitive user experience for drivers
      • Continental is one of the world’s first automotive suppliers to integrate Google Cloud’s data and artificial intelligence technologies directly into vehicle computers
      • Smart Cockpit High-Performance Computer: inexpensive and production-ready in just 18 months

      Continental and Google Cloud partner to equip cars with generative artificial intelligence (AI), making Continental one of the first automotive suppliers to integrate Google Cloud apabilities directly into vehicle computers. With this, drivers can interact with their car in a natural dialogue. No matter if drivers for example need help finding the right tire pressure when the car is fully loaded or want to know more about local places of interest on their destination or along their route when they are on vacation, the generative AI can compile the required information and answer the questions. Drivers can also ask follow-up questions without repeating the whole context, Google Cloud’s conversational generative AI interprets the context correctly. Continental ensures that the system has access to specific vehicle information such as the operating manual. Google Cloud’s generative artificial intelligence allows the system to constantly learn, create new content and adapt to the user’s preferences. The two companies each bring their respective expertise to the partnership, namely in automotive, software, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

      With this, Continental is offering another building block for the ecosystem from the road to the cloud and is expanding the functions for instrumentation, entertainment and driver assistance that are pre-integrated in its Smart Cockpit HPC. Thereby the company is reducing development time and effort, complexity, and costs for automotive manufacturers. The Smart Cockpit HPC combines user experience and system performance, while meeting customer requirements for typical cockpit designs with driver and center displays. This all means a fast time to market – from order receipt to production in 18 months.

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