‘India’Complex driving environments may be a playground for Continental to develop autonomous driving technologies’, Auto News

Gilles Mabire, CTO, Continental AG

Q. What These are the three most important technology areas you should pay attention to.

Sure, Autonomous mobility. It is a trend that will be a factor of change for the mobility sector. The second is the overall user experience, including screens and the car screen. Connectivity is the third element. It connects the car to the outside world using the powerful infrastructure we call HPC. High performance computer. It integrates a powerful performance computer into your car and is the next big thing. And that is why we are investing heavily in it.

Q. What are the best technologies? Continental Are you investing in cleaner, safer and more sustainable mobility?

We believe that safety and autonomous mobility will become a huge market. Therefore, we have a lot of components, software and solutions that are very strong in this area.

I also think it’s all about differentiation and everything about displays and user experience. These are the drivers of the future of our business. And the trend for a connected car, with the telematics ability to update software, is not surprising.

Q. Automobiles are increasingly software-defined. In this context, what level of software content do you expect in the passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle segments in the next four or five years?

First This industry is changing at a phenomenal rate and pushing towards transformation. I believe that the passenger cars that will come on the market in the next four years will be very different from those that exist today. We work with our customers to develop new architecture and new ways to build the vehicle. It starts with a powerful, high-performance computer and a zone controller. But the software, which you also mentioned, plays an important role.

Almost Software will be 90% innovation. We need to install the correct software in the car. It starts with an operating system.

Second, new features will be added to the car. These will keep the car updated with new functions. And that being said, we see a huge market in this area and the need to invest in technologies.

Software will be responsible for 90% of all innovations. For This means that we must install the correct software on the car. It starts with an operating program~


Q. ContinentalLike its peers in the industry, it also wants to tap into India not only as a market but also as an engineering and development base. Could we be interested in hearing about the latest ideas, technologies and innovations you are considering? India for?

I can tell you that we are Continental Recognize India It is an extremely strategic country. Here In 2008, we started to operate in both directions: product development and manufacturing and engineering. There are over 6000 engineers and over 4000 software developers. So recognized that at the very beginning. India This is an important market.

We always think globally and act locally. Therefore also wants to be in the market for the market. This means being able to locally develop products for all markets and offer solutions to local players. therefore, people working for major automakers will be in India. They also support other countries and play a global role in all aspects of the business. Continental’s portfolio.

We Multi-competence India have teams that work together to find new solutions for existing technologies or to master the next generation of technology. It is a key factor in our success.

Q. Changes are happening fast in the cabin and cockpit, especially for passenger vehicles. How do you see the passenger car interior changing in five or two years?

In the past, the cockpit was more of a space for the driver. Now the cockpit of the car is a place where people spend their time. And if we add that to the fact that autonomous driving will happen when you’re stuck in traffic, we have to think differently about the cockpit.

Secondly now has the technology to deliver a revolution. It’s about providing displays more or less on demand like pillars to pillars. Imagine you find a large screen running from the left to the right side of your car. Here you can display all the information safely so that the driver cannot see a video. However, you can offer a new experience to the passenger next door. And this changes everything. We now offer a curved pillar-to-pillar display, which uses high-tech screens that appear under the skin of your dashboard.

And not forgetting the head-up display technology, which we offer on the windshield for enhanced information that can make your user experience truly unique. We want to ensure that all products are on the market, as this will allow us to differentiate ourselves for our customers.

We Engineering (in) employs over 6000 people. India (over 4000) is involved in software development.~

Q. What is your next level of heads-up display useful or informative, and won’t it distract the driver?

The main goal of our company is to map the virtual environment to the real environment, to make it easier for drivers to see the future and recognize objects, and to direct their attention to specific items, to improve security and not to fill them with irrelevant information. . This means that the HMI must contain the appropriate intelligence. human-machine interface system).

For example, your ability to drive may change from morning to night depending on whether you feel rested or tired. Or For example, the weekend. We are also studying a system that can monitor the driver and provide appropriate insight based on the time he spends in the car. These elements will allow us to precisely personalize the message and enhance it.

Q. While these technological advances are positive, there is another perspective that suggests there should be a line drawn to ensure the safety of passengers and pedestrians.

It is impossible for us to be a leader in passive safety and active safety. However, we have left the door open to distracted driving. And All systems are therefore maintained and we continue to invest heavily in ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) functions. And level 2 to increase safety inside the car via our vehicle dynamic braking system. This is where we also continue to invest in increasing passive safety.

Artificial intelligence is also used to detect drowsiness. You can also check the driver’s hands and movements. And if something goes wrong, stop the car. Something We encourage innovation by advising people not to look at their phones while driving and by taking measures to protect the car. Information is vital for all of this.

Q. In India The availability of ADAS technology in volume segment vehicles makes autonomous driving a relatively recent phenomenon. What are your thoughts on the adoption of self-driving technology in markets such as India?

To understand the expectations of end customers, we conducted a survey this year. A total of 6,000 people responded to the survey saying it’s true for everyone. India “Yes, safety. We are ready to invest in additional safety. We see the potential of autonomous mobility. But we have to balance that with industry affordability.

It’s affordable technology. And that’s something that we consider very important and we’re always looking for the technology to reach a point where it can be used by a large market. You are involved in the project, in particular with the BengaluruStep by step collaborators, to create solutions adapted to the market. But Infrastructure in India has an interesting situation because there are many use cases. You probably only see in India.

Mastering This is a complex area. Drivers, driving conditions, cohabitation between two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers, buses and trucks are all areas that can help us develop technology. And it’s no surprise that we have very strong teams working on these parts and this technology. Bangalore is the main OEM in the locality, as well as Continental’s global portfolio in bringing this technology overseas.

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