Conti lines up new-mobility advances for Frankfurt

Hanover, Germany – Continental will present its latest smart connectivity technologies under a theme of ‘zero accidents, zero emissions and zero stress’ at this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show IAA, the company announced 1 July.

In the past year, Continental has invested over €3 billion in R&D for new mobility, said chairman Dr. Elmar Degenhart, adding that the goal was to “develop new technologies that are both environmentally efficient and socially accepted.

“Our alternative drive systems and Continental technologies for automated and autonomous driving, as well as for the connected car, are the key ingredients for a healthy mobility ecosystem.”

Among current advances, Continental said it had “been able to convince” vehicle makers in China and Europe of the performance of its electric axle drive, which weighs less than 80kg and includes an electric motor, transmission, power electronics, and motor control.

The integrated module eliminates the need for many cable connections and plugs, thereby reducing the weight of electric vehicles by around 20kg, according to the company.

In the field of autonomous driving, it pointed to the EZ10 shuttle bus from the French company EasyMile. This employs a Continental radar system that can monitor the vehicle environment within a range of 200 metres.

“With this data, the system adapts its driving strategy, avoids obstructions and therefore prevents dangerous traffic situations on the route ahead at an early stage,” claims Continental.

The company also flagged up a project to develop a first worldwide 5G solution for a vehicle OE: combining fifth-generation mobile communications with technologies for short-distance radio to enable vehicles talk to each other more effectively.