Con­ti­nen­tal sup­ports new mo­bil­ity with fuel ef­fi­cient, safety sys­tem so­lu­tions

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Higher com­pu­ta­tional power is re­quired to meet the needs of the fast-paced evo­lu­tion of mo­bil­ity tech­nolo­gies. Driv­e­trains are no longer allme­chan­i­cal sys­tems. Specif­i­cally for In­dia, with the im­pend­ing BS-VI im­ple­men­ta­tion, elec­tron­ics con­tent is on the rise, mak­ing higher com­pu­ta­tional power im­per­a­tive. With high com­put­ing plat­forms, car man­u­fac­tur­ers will be able to main­tain their abil­ity to com­pete on var­i­ous in­no­va­tive func­tions and en­large flex­i­bil­ity on soft­ware de­vel­op­ment. The tech­nol­ogy com­pany Con­ti­nen­tal, which cel­e­brated ten years of lo­cal pro­duc­tion in In­dia last year, de­vel­ops the re­quired need-of-the-hour tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices for sus­tain­able and con­nected mo­bil­ity of peo­ple and their goods. “In Lux­ury cars to­day, there are 100s of Elec­tronic Con­trol Units (ECUs) to op­er­ate the ve­hi­cle. Ev­ery part re­quires ex­per­tise in the do­main of elec­tron­ics. These ve­hi­cles are more of one sin­gle com­puter run­ning,” Prashant Doreswamy, Head of Con­ti­nen­tal In­dia, said.

As In­dia is all set to adopt BS-VI emis­sion stan­dards, en­hance­ment of com­bus­tion en­gines and elec­tro-mo­bil­ity is the pri­or­ity. Con­ti­nen­tal de­vel­ops and pro­duces ef­fi­cient sys­tem so­lu­tions for ve­hi­cle pow­er­trains to op­ti­mize fuel con­sump­tion. The prod­uct range from Con­ti­nen­tal in­cludes gaso­line and diesel in­jec­tion sys­tems, en­gine man­age­ment and trans­mis­sion con­trol, in­clud­ing sen­sors and ac­tu­a­tors, ex­haust-gas af­ter treat­ment tech­nolo­gies, fuel sup­ply sys­tems, and com­po­nents and sys­tems for hy­brid and elec­tric drives. The com­pany is set­ting up a new plant in Tale­gaon, Pune, for its pow­er­train busi­ness.

Putting the spot­light on the cost lim­i­ta­tion in the au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics mar­ket, Doreswamy says, “Cost is a chal­lenge in In­dia. The present mark wor­thy tech­nol­ogy is not an af­ford­able so­lu­tion keep­ing in mind the In­dian mar­ket. Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of Hatch­backs will cost much higher, this be­ing said, more than 50% pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles are hatch­backs in In­dia. Some dis­rup­tion needs to hap­pen, so that the cost de­creases and the foot­print of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion in­creases in In­dia”

About the in­creas­ing mar­ket de­mand for Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS) and Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC), Doreswamy said, “We at Con­ti­nen­tal con­tinue to drive safety tech­nol­ogy to­wards our vi­sion of zero ac­ci­dents and there­fore sup­port mak­ing safety avail­able to ev­ery­one. The good news about the In­dia mar­ket is the in­crease in con­sumer aware­ness about ve­hi­cle safety, the se­ri­ous­ness with which the Govern­ment is ap­proach­ing this topic, and the com­mit­ment of

man­u­fac­tur­ers. As a tech­nol­ogy com­pany, we will fully sup­port this pos­i­tive move­ment, and will con­tinue to make in­vest­ments where nec­es­sary.”

As the mar­ket pre­pares it­self to adopt the leg­is­la­tion for ABS, sched­uled for en­try in April 2019, Con­ti­nen­tal has opened two new lines for ABS and ESC as­sem­bly at its Gur­gaon plant.

With ve­hi­cles be­com­ing ‘mo­bile de­vices’ with per­ma­nent and seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity, the rate of risks and se­cu­rity be­come higher which is an area of con­cern for ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers. Tak­ing into ac­count the se­cu­rity from the be­gin­ning of a com­po­nent de­vel­op­ment, Con­ti­nen­tal and In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (IIT) Madras signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) last year. To­gether with IIT Madras, Con­ti­nen­tal plans to con­duct joint re­search in high com­put­ing plat­form and cy­ber se­cu­rity for pow­er­train ap­pli­ca­tions. “As a tech­nol­ogy com­pany, it is Con­ti­nen­tal’s pri­or­ity to in­vest in the tech­nolo­gies of to­mor­row. In­dia is an im­por­tant R&D hub for Con­ti­nen­tal, and we plan to in­crease our R&D foot­print in the coun­try. With fo­cused R&D, in­no­va­tions and on­go­ing im­prove­ment of our com­po­nents and sys­tems, both at the new cen­tre in Gur­gaon, ded­i­cated to brake sys­tems, and the R & D-in­ten­sive Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Bengaluru, In­dia’s con­tri­bu­tion to Vi­sion Zero – a fu­ture with zero ac­ci­dents – will be sig­nif­i­cant,” Doreswamy said.

Prashant Doreswamy, Head of Con­ti­nen­tal In­dia

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