Continental launches Smart Mobility JV for the Chinese market

April 19, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier Continental and China Unicom Smart Connection Technology have signed a strategic joint venture contract. With the move, the partners plan to establish an Intelligent Transportation Systems solution provider to satisfy the increasing market demands of China as the world’s largest market for cars.

As one of the leading experts in vehicle systems and the digitalization of mobility, the technology company Continental is setting its course for accelerated growth in new mobility services. Along the company’s digitalization roadmap, a strategic joint venture contract has been signed together with China Unicom Smart Connection (hereinafter referred to as CUSC), a fully owned subsidiary of China Unicom on the first press day of the Auto Shanghai. The newly formed JV aims to establish and operate as a world class ITS solution provider to satisfy the increasing market demands in China as this is a very important market for ITS.

China is one of the leading and growing markets with regards to mobility services and the connectivity of vehicles with each other and beyond with the traffic infrastructure. “The trend towards digitalization is opening a growing market for mobility services in China for us. We see major opportunities for our accelerated, profitable growth in this market,” said Helmut Matschi, member of the Executive Board and head of the Interior division. “With the JV we will move forward in the area of Mobility Services. Our JV partner China Unicom is one of the top three Mobile carriers in China with a strong automotive experience but as well access to high-potential service market. This is the perfect strategic fit for us.”

Both companies will have equal 50 percent share in the new JV, which will be headquartered in Shanghai. The company - Unicom Continental Intelligent Transportation Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd - aims to operate as a world class ITS solution provider to satisfy the increasing market demands in China as already today first ITS orders are coming out of this market. It will focus on vehicle data services and applications, intelligent vehicle applications as well as connected vehicle software and hardware integration solutions. First products which will be offered in the Chinese Market are services from the vAnalytics product family