Continental will demonstrate various technologies around vehicle connectivity during its premiere at the Mobile World Congress that is going to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 26 to March 1, 2018. These innovations will especially be in line with Europe’s legislation requiring all new cars to be equipped with an integrated SIM card starting April, 2018. This is to enable vehicles to make emergency calls during difficult situations, making cars a part of the digital ecosystem, and effectively turn them into mobile devices, noted Continental. The company will showcase these innovations with two demonstration vehicles at the event.
The company will innovations around the areas of predictive connectivity, keyless vehicle access, Smartphone to vehicle connectivity, security for connectivity and remote vehicle data platform. Continental’s predictive connectivity manager, which collects data on the network quality for the road ahead using crowdsourcing, and uses it to create a map of available mobile networks and their quality for specific regions. This solution can predict when the network connection will deteriorate or drop out, and optimise data and channel management accordingly to provide continuous and high-quality mobile network coverage.
The keyless vehicle access technology is making car rental more convenient for customers and rental companies alike. Continental’s portfolio also includes a solution for car manufacturers, in the form of the Smart Device Integrated Access System. This technology enables hands-free vehicle access and engine start, and is already an integral part of the vehicle architecture, the company noted. It is also possible to enhance the system with a digital emergency unlocking solution that can completely erase mechanical locks, as well door handles. The core component of all Continental’s smart access systems is the virtual smartphone key, which consists of a tamper-proof data record, it added. This key gains access only after successful one-time authentication by the backend, which sends it to the smartphone via a wireless interface.
In terms of remote display of vehicle data on the smartphone, there is the option for filling assistant function, which displays the real-time tyre pressure even during filling. Through an app on their mobile devices, users can also activate personalised profiles such as seat position, air-conditioning settings and entertainment preferences in advance before entering the car. The smartphone is also becoming a mobile component of the holistic human-machine interface, meaning that drivers can manage various vehicle functions such as opening and closing windows or extending and retracting side mirrors remotely.
Continental’s subsidiary Elektrobit is providing solutions that ensure sufficient system security as digitalisation advances, by prioritising multilayer end-to-end security solutions and services for cyber security of vehicle applications. The company said that in-vehicle IT security is a top priority for it, as mobility can only be considered to be intelligent if it is secure. Finally, the company’s Remote Vehicle Data (RVD) platform is the basis for innovative, connected services that enables standardised access to manufacturer-specific vehicle data for numerous makes and models. RVD is aimed at vehicle manufacturers, car dealers, rental companies, fleet operators, repair workshops and insurance companies, Continental observed. The solution can be adapted to a wide range of customer applications thanks to its modular and cloud-based architecture.
Helmut Matschi, Member, Executive Board, Continental and Head, Interior division, said Smartphones, tablets and now cars – this year eCall will finally make vehicles part of the connected world. At the Mobile World Congress, Continental will demonstrate that having a seamless online connection and comprehensive cyber security is just as important as ensuring trouble-free integration of mobile devices and intuitive operation, he added.