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      August 22, 2019

      Continental at the IAA 2019: World Premiere of Production-Ready Technologies for Healthy Mobility

      • From science fiction to production: Continental to showcase global innovations for clean, safe and connected mobility at the IAA
      • First fully integrated axle drive for electric cars
      • New systems protect pedestrians and cyclists when turning
      • Travel by robo-taxi: real and simulated test drives for visitors as well as sensor-equipped tires for the world of intelligent mobility
      • Press conference with CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart focusing on the healthy mobility ecosystem of the future

      Hanover/Frankfurt, August 22, 2019. Global innovations in production: At the IAA 2019, Continental will be showcasing technologies for the safe, clean and connected mobility of the future. “Mobility is the Heartbeat of Life” is the technology company’s slogan for this year’s trade fair. For example, Continental will be presenting its fully integrated axle drive for electric cars – a global innovation that the company will supply to customers in China and Europe and for which production is scheduled to start this year. Another production-ready highlight is the new short-range radar, which assists car drivers when turning and protects cyclists and pedestrians. For the first time, visitors will experience these and other Continental innovations at the IAA 2019 in Hall 8 (booth A39). The company’s press conference with Chairman of the Executive Board Dr. Elmar Degenhart will be held there at 10:55 a.m. on September 10, 2019.

      “Environmentally efficient and socially accepted technologies are the key ingredients for a healthy mobility ecosystem,” said Degenhart ahead of this year’s IAA, adding: “Zero accidents, zero emissions and zero stress thanks to smart connectivity and convenience: this is what our pioneering technologies are helping to realize. Technology is our strength and is an area in which Continental has an outstanding level of expertise.”

      1. The first of its kind: Continental’s electric axle drive to go into production in Europe and China later this year

      Continental is thus the first supplier worldwide to produce a fully integrated axle drive module. “Our fully integrated axle drive module makes us pioneers and puts us a clear step ahead of the competition. The system allows both established large-scale manufacturers and new suppliers to quickly produce efficient, fully electric-powered vehicles,” said Andreas Wolf, head of Continental’s Powertrain business.

      The compact axle drive weighs less than 80 kilograms and consists of an electric motor, transmission and inverter. As a package, the three elements make the electric vehicle around 20 kilograms lighter – not least because numerous cable connections and plugs are dispensed with.

      Another highlight is the 48-volt high-power drive, which enables full hybrid vehicles based only on 48-volt electric drive train to reach speeds of 50 to 56 mph (80 to 90 km/h) on electric power only. This will make a vital contribution to reducing vehicle CO2 emissions.

      2. Combating blind spots when turning: new short-range radar protects cyclists and pedestrians

      Continental will showcase its new short-range radar at the IAA 2019, which is able to detect other road users and obstacles with extremely high precision. This allows cornering assistance systems to recognize danger earlier than before and warn the driver faster, request emergency braking or automatically trigger emergency braking.

      3. Hop in: autonomous driving at the trade fair

      In collaboration with EasyMile, a manufacturer of driverless vehicles, Continental will be offering IAA visitors the chance to take a test drive in a robo-taxi. Equipped with Continental technology, the vehicle will be driving autonomously around the exhibition grounds during the IAA. Visitors can hop in anytime for a drive around Hall 10.

      4. Tires that can feel and talk

      Robo-taxis of the future will be able to perform tire maintenance themselves. The latest Continental tire study for driverless taxis demonstrates how this will work. Continental sensors built into the treads of tires are already able to transmit information on tread depth, possible damage and tire temperature as well as the correct inflation pressure. In the future, the rims will also be fitted with air pumps that adjust the tire pressure even while driving. This new wheel and tire concept is called Conti C.A.R.E. and is connected to the fleet management system via the Internet. The benefit is that it can provide information in almost real time and warn fleet managers of irregularities or noncompliance with standard conditions, saving repair costs and reducing vehicle downtime.

      5. Fully connected aboard the driving simulator: safe, intelligent and stress-free driving to work or leisure

      Technology company Continental invites visitors to its booth at the Frankfurt Motor Show to board a fully connected driving demonstrator and experience first-hand the world of intelligent mobility. Whether traveling with the family to an amusement park or alone to a business appointment, visitors will gain an insight from the driver’s seat into how connected systems make driving safer, more pleasant and more relaxed – regardless of whether they prefer automated or manual driving. To this end, Continental has integrated a variety of technologies from the research and innovation lab into the demonstrator. The result is a holistic, multimedia experience of driving in the future that turns science fiction into reality.

      6. Enhanced lifelong learning for cars

      Continental will demonstrate at the IAA how automotive electronics will in the future enable vehicles to continuously learn new functions. Flexible electronics and an intelligent vehicle network new hardware, software and functions to be integrated even after thousands of miles. Specialists visiting the trade fair will get a chance to learn more about the required framework conditions.

      Press conference on September 10, 2019 at 10:55 a.m. at booth A39 in Hall 8.

      On the first press day, Continental will hold its press conference under the slogan “Mobility is the Heartbeat of Life.”  Dr. Elmar Degenhart will provide some insight into how Continental is playing a pioneering role in the technological transformation with its latest developments. The focus will be on Continental’s role in the healthy mobility ecosystem of the future.

      Hackathon: young talents collaborate with Continental developers

      During the second week of the IAA, the Continental booth will become a place of research. The technology company has invited young developers, engineers and programmers to collaborate with Continental experts on mobility topics of the future. This will be the second hackathon organized by Continental at the IAA in Frankfurt, after a first event held two years ago. This year the participants will once again compete in small teams and develop new ideas in collaboration with Continental experts while gaining an insight into the company and healthy mobility.

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