Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2017, Continental generated sales of EUR 44 billion and currently employs more than 243,000 people in 60 countries. The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces integrated active and passive driving safety technologies as well as products that support vehicle dynamics. The product portfolio ranges from electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems to sensors, advanced driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and sensorics as well as electronic air suspension systems all the way to windscreen washer systems and headlight cleaning nozzles. The focus lies on a high level of system competence and the networking of individual components. Thus, products and system functions are developed along the SensePlanAct chain of effects. They form the foundation for automated driving. Chassis & Safety employs more than 47,700 people worldwide and generated sales of approximately EUR 9.8 billion in 2017.
Partnership Continental - AWARE
Continental can already look back to a long history in Southern America. Currently, we have 32 locations in seven different countries in total: Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and Peru. The operation in Brazil started in 1959 in the Guarulhos plant (city of São Paulo). While Continental has been already active in Brazil for decades, the main impulse for Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) to expand its network to Brazil through AWARE came especially through its research and test center CARISSMA. It should be mentioned here that the German-Brazilian network of THI is not a unilateral engagement, but a transfer of technology and knowledge in both directions. Around five years ago, the Brazilian universities UNICAMP (Campinas, São Paulo State) and Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) conducted a cooperative project with THI, which was dealing with the detection of drivers’ attention in diverse distraction scenarios. For the implementation of a corresponding study with test persons (attention analysis) a hazardous Brazilian coastal road was reconstructed. Thereby, the Brazilian competences on traffic psychology and the German engineering expertise perfectly complemented each other. Based on this experience, Continental started a new follow-up project with a further partner from the industry, which is supervised again by a German-Brazilian research group at THI. All parties involved see the international cooperation AWARE likewise as enrichment for both economy and science.
Dr.-Ing. Lutz Kühnke
Head of Occupant Safety & Inertial Sensors Segment, Passive Safety & Sensorics Business Unit, Chassis & Safety Division