Hanover, Germany
Hanover, Germany

Continental AG, commonly known as Continental or Conti, is a leading German automotive manufacturing company specializing in tires, brake systems, automotive safety, powertrain and chassis components, tachographs, and other parts for the automotive and transportation industries. Continental is based in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany. Continental is the world's 4th largest tire manufacturer. Continental was founded in 1871 as a rubber manufacturer, Continental-Caoutchouc und Gutta-Percha Compagnie. After acquiring Siemens AG's VDO automotive unit in 2007 Continental was ranked fourth in global OEM automotive parts sales in 2009 according to a study sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP.In 2008, Continental appeared overextended with its integration of VDO and had since lost almost half of its market capitalization when it found itself to be the takeover target of the family-owned Schaeffler AG. By 2009 Schaeffler successfully installed the head of its motor division at the helm of Continental.On 6 September 2012, Continental returned to the benchmark DAX index of 30 selected German blue chip stocks after a 45-month absence. Schaeffler AG is the controlling shareholder and currently owns 49.9% of Continental shares. Wikipedia.


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The invention relates to a positioning device for a combiner plate (7) of a head-up display of a vehicle, comprising a reversible rotary drive by which a combiner kinematic system can be driven, via which the combiner plate (7) can be driven between a rest position in a housing and an operating position protruding out of the opening of the housing in a displaceable manner, wherein in the operating position, beam paths are to be guided from an image-producing unit and an optical module in the housing to the combiner plate (7). The combiner kinematics system in the rest position of the combiner plate (7) is projected into the region (6) of the beam paths between the optical module and the combiner plate (7), and in the operating position is moved out of the region (7) of the beam paths.


Patent
Continental AG | Date: 2017-04-05

The invention relates to a heater (1) for a device (2) for providing a liquid additive in a motor vehicle (3), comprising at least one switchable resistance heating element (4), which is connected in series with at least one switch element (5), by means of which the at least one resistance heating element (4) can be activated and deactivated, and comprising at least one permanent resistance heating element (6), which is connected in parallel with the at least one switchable resistance heating element (4) and the at least one switch element (5).


Patent
Continental AG | Date: 2017-03-29

An injector (1) for injecting fluid with a valve comprising a valve body (5) and a valve needle (9) and with a damping element (19) is specified. The damping element (19) is arranged within a cavity (7) of the valve body (5). It comprises a hydraulic chamber (7c), a piston (23) being arranged axially movable relative to the valve body (5) such that it is operable to modify a fluid volume of the hydraulic chamber (7c) and being coupled with the valve needle (9) such that the piston reduces the fluid volume of the hydraulic chamber (7c) when the valve needle (9) moves away from a closing position for unsealing the valve, and a flow restricting orifice (29a) hydraulically connecting the hydraulic chamber (7c) to the cavity (7).


Patent
Continental AG | Date: 2017-02-08

An electric machine (10) comprising a housing (20), a stator (30, 32) and a rotor (40, 42) is described. The stator (30, 32) embraces the rotor (40, 42). The rotor (40, 42) includes a shaft (42). The electric machine (10) is equipped with power electronics (40) inside the housing (20). The electric machine (10) includes a cooling duct (62, 64, 66) that extends along a longitudinal section (62, 64) and a front section (66). The longitudinal section (62, 64) extends along a hollow cylinder, through the interior of which extends the axis of rotation (50) of the shaft (42). The front section (66) extends towards the shaft (42).


Patent
Continental AG and Conti Temic Microelectronic GmbH | Date: 2017-04-05

The invention relates to a vehicle control system (100) for autonomously guiding a vehicle, having a controller (101) for autonomously guiding the vehicle on the basis of a sensor signal of a sensor of the vehicle, wherein the controller (101) is designed to detect a malfunction of the sensor of the vehicle, and a communications interface (103) which is designed to request an auxiliary sensor signal via a communication network in response to the detection of the malfunction of the sensor by the controller (11) and to receive the requested auxiliary sensor signal via the communication network, wherein the controller (101) is designed to guide the vehicle autonomously on the basis of the received auxiliary sensor signal.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: GV-03-2016 | Award Amount: 11.69M | Year: 2016

Mild Hybrid cOst effective solution for a fast Market penetratiON. THOMSON (Mild Hybrid cOst effective solutions for a fast Market penetration) project aims to the development of cost effective solutions, based on 48V architectures, answering the need in reducing the environmental impact of the transportation sector through a clever combination of advanced engines technologies, electrification and wider use of alternative/renewable fuels. The project addresses very precise and consistent objectives to support a quick transition towards high efficient, cleaner and affordable electrified powertrains focusing on the 48V architectures, intended as key element to increase fuel economy and reduce environmental impact and to support a quick penetration on the market of the hybrid powertrains. Approaches developed in the THOMSON project will demonstrate how the right combination of advanced engine downsizing/turbocharging technologies, coupled with a 48V motor-generator system, can provide the most cost effective solution for a rapid electrification through conventional vehicles. The project will provide an exhaustive evaluation of this concept through the development of two different 48V architectures (one integrating the e-machine on the front engine belt drive, the other between the engine and the transmission) on two different engine families: on one side a mid-size 1.6 litre Diesel engine and, on the other one, a small downsized Spark Ignited CNG engine equipped with a Direct Injection system. This twin approach will allow to demonstrate how 48V architecture interacts with Diesel technologies (especially with regard to noxious pollutant reduction) and, on the other side, with Spark Ignited CNG ones, emphasizing the CO2 reduction already achieved through the use of a low carbon fuel such as CNG. Moreover, for both engine families, 48V architecture represent an important enabler to introduce electrically driven auxiliaries and sub-systems leading to a global better man


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: GV-6-2015 | Award Amount: 9.95M | Year: 2016

Fuel economy is a key aspect to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency of freight traffic, thus increasing truck competitiveness. The main objective of the IMPERIUM project (IMplementation of Powertrain Control for Economic and Clean Real driving EmIssion and ConsUMption) is to achieve fuel consumption reduction by 20% (diesel and urea) whilst keeping the vehicle within the legal limits for pollutant emissions. The approach relies on three stages targeting the improvement of the control strategy: * Direct optimisation of the control of the main components (engine, exhaust after-treatment, transmission, waste heat recovery, e-drive) to maximize their performances. * Global powertrain energy manager to coordinate the different energy sources and optimize their use depending on the current driving situation. * Providing a more comprehensive understanding of the mission (eHorizon, mission-based learning) such that the different energy sources can be planned and optimized on a long term. The IMPERIUM consortium consist of major European actors and is able to provide a 100% European value chain for the development of future powertrain control strategies for trucks.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-3.6a-2015 | Award Amount: 9.61M | Year: 2016

ADAS&ME (Adaptive ADAS to support incapacitated drivers &Mitigate Effectively risks through tailor made HMI under automation) will develop adapted Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, that incorporate driver/rider state, situational/environmental context, and adaptive interaction to automatically transfer control between vehicle and driver/rider and thus ensure safer and more efficient road usage. To achieve this, a holistic approach will be taken which considers automated driving along with information on driver/rider state. The work is based around 7 provisionally identified Use Cases for cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles, aiming to cover a large proportion of driving on European roads. Experimental research will be carried out on algorithms for driver state monitoring as well as on HMI and automation transitions. It will develop robust detection/prediction algorithms for driver/rider state monitoring towards different driver states, such as fatigue, sleepiness, stress, inattention and impairing emotions, employing existing and novel sensing technologies, taking into account traffic and weather conditions via V2X and personalizing them to individual drivers physiology and driving behaviour. In addition, the core development includes multimodal and adaptive warning and intervention strategies based on current driver state and severity of scenarios. The final outcome is the successful fusion of the developed elements into an integrated driver/rider state monitoring system, able to both be utilized in and be supported by vehicle automation of Levels 1 to 4. The system will be validated with a wide pool of drivers/riders under simulated and real road conditions and under different driver/rider states; with the use of 2 cars (1 conventional, 1 electric), 1 truck, 2 PTWs and 1 bus demonstrators. This challenging task has been undertaken by a multidisciplinary Consortium of 30 Partners, including an OEM per vehicle type and 7 Tier 1 suppliers.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: GV-02-2016 | Award Amount: 8.65M | Year: 2016

Growing road traffic in Europe results in detrimental effects on the environment and public health to a level that is becoming unsustainable, this in spite of increasingly stringent emission standards. In particular, CO2 and noxious emissions are not sufficiently reduced in real driving, while higher injection pressures have led to a shift towards the emission of smaller nanoparticles that are undetected by current certification procedures. The challenge of the DiePeR project is to apply advanced technologies for combustion and exhaust aftertreatment to existing non-hybrid Diesel engines and to optimize the improved characteristics of a new generation of engines with regard to emissions, fuel consumption and driveability. Specific technologies will be advanced to TRL 6 or TRL 7 and integrated in two demonstration vehicles: One passenger car of the mid/ premium segment and one light commercial vehicle. A full calibration and assessment of the vehicles and underlying technologies will take place to proof: Real driving emissions substantially below Euro 6/ NEDC limits, less than half of emitted particles (number) including particles < 23nm and a more than 5% improved fuel efficiency based on best-in-class MY2015 vehicles. The project also addresses design features, control and basic research such as modelling of particles formation and the deterioration of engine components (fuel injection system, exhaust aftertreatment system) and its effect on emissions, in order to assess the robustness of the vehicles over useful lifetime.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: IoT-01-2016 | Award Amount: 25.43M | Year: 2017

Automated driving is expected to increase safety, provide more comfort and create many new business opportunities for mobility services. The market size is expected to grow gradually reaching 50% of the market in 2035. The IoT is about enabling connections between objects or things; its about connecting anything, anytime, anyplace, using any service over any network. There is little doubt that these vehicles will be part of the IoT revolution. Indeed, connectivity and IoT have the capacity for disruptive impacts on highly and fully automated driving along all value chains towards a global vision of Smart Anything Everywhere. In order to stay competitive, the European automotive industry is investing in connected and automated driving with cars becoming moving objects in an IoT ecosystem eventually participating in BigData for Mobility. AUTOPILOT brings IoT into the automotive world to transform connected vehicles into highly and fully automated vehicle. The well-balanced AUTOPILOT consortium represents all relevant areas of the IoT eco-system. IoT open vehicle platform and an IoT architecture will be developed based on the existing and forthcoming standards as well as open source and vendor solutions. Thanks to AUTOPILOT, the IoT eco-system will involve vehicles, road infrastructure and surrounding objects in the IoT, with a particular attention to safety critical aspects of automated driving. AUTOPILOT will develop new services on top of IoT to involve autonomous driving vehicles, like autonomous car sharing, automated parking, or enhanced digital dynamic maps to allow fully autonomous driving. AUTOPILOT IoT enabled autonomous driving cars will be tested, in real conditions, at four permanent large scale pilot sites in Finland, France, Netherlands and Italy, whose test results will allow multi-criteria evaluations (Technical, user, business, legal) of the IoT impact on pushing the level of autonomous driving.

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