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.
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.