Continental showcases technologies to face the future of mobility: Page 2 of 5

July 10, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
A glimpse of the future: Multiple mobility technologies
At its recent TechShow, automotive supplier Continental demonstrated the technology developments that the company intends to use to help shape the mobility of the future. Yes, mobility should look green and efficient and safe in the future - but what does that mean in detail?

One class lower is the new 48 V drive, which eeNews Europe had already reported on in advance. At the TechShow this inexpensive drive could be tested, integrated into a Ford Focus. With a weight of 1.7 tons, this vehicle may be a little too heavy for such a drive, but the small engine proved that it can still keep up bravely in city traffic.

Another building block of future mobility is automated driving. In this sector, Continental is developing an autonomous shuttle bus that serves as a test vehicle for a comprehensive environment sensor system and the associated computers as well as brakes and steering. The sensors of this vehicle, called CUbE, can generate a 360-degree image of its environment by combining data from different sensor technologies. The radar which was specially developed for driverless vehicles and made ready for series production, records the surroundings of the vehicle within a radius of up to 200 metres. In addition to laser sensors and cameras, the vehicle is equipped with a total of seven radar sensors (see image 1) In this way, the location can be determined precisely and at the same time obstacles and potentially critical situations can be detected at an early stage. The MK C1 HAD hydraulic braking system, also developed for highly automated driving, has been made fail-safe by redundant design.

Image 2: The CUbE autonomous taxi. Continental has equipped the basis vehicle
from French company EasyMile with a full set of sensors. Note the camera at the top,
the two cornering radars, the long range radar and the lidar sensor in the center.
The same set of sensors can also be found on the rear end - the Robo-Taxi
drives forwards as well as backwards.

Continental wants to advance the technology for driverless cars in a global network with a total of five competence centers in Germany, Japan, Singapore, China and the USA. Research and development is carried out at the various locations with different focal points, but always with the help of the CUbE platform.

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