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      February 02, 2016

      Exploring the Future of Mobility: Continental Opens Trend Antenna in Frankfurt

      • Students and academics research software technologies and algorithms with Continental developers
      • A successful concept: Continental opens its fourth Trend Antenna in the “House of Logistics and Mobility”
      • Students gain practical professional experience


      Frankfurt am Main, February 2, 2016. Together with the Hessian State Secretary Mathias Samson, the international technology company Continental opened a research workshop in the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) today in Frankfurt am Main. In the Trend Antenna, students and academics work with Continental for the purpose of developing the future of mobility and research software technologies and algorithms.

      “The digital transformation is both an opportunity and a challenge – for the automotive industry as well. Automation, connectivity and alternative drive trains: the areas of research in the automotive industry have become more diverse. They offer a very exciting field of activity and show us once again that we need diverse employees with creative ideas, unconventional approaches, commitment and boldness. For this reason, we are delighted to be using the Trend Antenna in Frankfurt am Main to create a place where we can network with universities and students. We want to exchange knowledge with them and create new things. And we want to inspire them with tasks such as making road accidents a thing of the past,” explains Continental’s Executive Board member for Human Relations, Dr. Ariane Reinhart.

      The Trend Antenna in Frankfurt will be the fourth institution of its kind at Continental, after Regensburg, Shanghai and Guadalajara (Mexico). A total of around 170 students from around 10 different disciplines work with Continental at the Trend Antennas.

      Ralf Lenninger, head of Strategy, System Development and Innovation in Continental’s Interior division, summarizes the main tasks of the Trend Antennas as follows: “At the Trend Antennas, young people work with us – deliberately away from the day-to-day work of an automotive supplier – to research topics for the future of mobility. It is about discovering trends and implementing them in project and product ideas for the automotive industry with a passion for trying things out. This enables us to take on new perspectives, while the students gain valuable experience in the exciting world of automotive engineering.”

      Each of Continental’s Trend Antennas has a different focus in its work. For example, in Regensburg it is apps that are designed and developed, while in Guadalajara it is prototypes. By contrast, the focus in Shanghai is on trends from Chinese society. “In Frankfurt, we are concentrating in particular on the growing importance of software technologies for automotive engineering, because we will be working with the students at the Trend Antenna in the HOLM to develop ideas for algorithms and software technologies. The Frankfurt region with its surrounding universities and higher education institutions and the HOLM offer ideal conditions for this,” says Lenninger.

      With a current total of 44 representative offices from universities and companies (24 from companies and 20 from universities), the HOLM – a neutral platform for interdisciplinary, cross-sector cooperation in the field of logistics and mobility – offers not only office space, but also unique networking opportunities. The innovative building offers function rooms of various sizes, offices, co-working spaces and rooms for lectures and for training courses. The HOLM building in the Gateway Gardens district of Frankfurt, situated near the airport, opened in summer 2014.

      Also for the state of Hessen, the close cooperation of academia and economics is an important step. “We need innovations for a sustainable mobility. With the Trend Antenna creative ideas will find a home, the HOLM”, comments the Hessian State Secretary Mathias Samson.

      “With our new tenant Continental and its expertise in intelligent technologies for transporting people and materials and transferring data, the ‘House of Logistics and Mobility’ is strengthening its role as a platform for interdisciplinary, cross-sector cooperation between business, academia and politics in the field of logistics and mobility,” says the HOLM’s managing director Michael Kadow.

      Continental would enhance the HOLM’s problem-solving expertise and strengthen Hessen’s position as a location for innovative logistics and mobility solutions, he adds. “I am particularly pleased that we are seeing growing interest from start-ups looking to make their new home here at the HOLM.”

      Also for the state of Hessen, the close cooperation of academia and economics is an important step. “We need innovations for a sustainable mobility. With the Trend Antenna creative ideas will find a home, the HOLM”, comments the Hessian State Secretary Mathias Samson.

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