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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Patent
Continental AG | Date: 2017-05-17

A vehicle length determination system (1) of a vehicle (VEH) configured to determine a length (L) of another vehicle (VEH) in the vehicles vicinity, said vehicle length determination system (1) comprising a detection unit (2) adapted to detect a first distance (d1) between the vehicle (VEH) and a front or rear side of the other vehicle (VEH), and adapted to detect a second distance (d2) between the vehicle (VEH) and a vehicle component mounted to a chassis of the other vehicle (VEH), and a control unit (3) adapted to calculate the length (L) of the other vehicle (VEH) depending on the determined first and second distance (d1, d2).


Patent
Continental AG | Date: 2017-05-17

The invention relates to a guiding system for a brake piston of a motor-vehicle disk brake, comprising a brake piston, a cylindrical brake-piston bore (13) for accommodating the brake piston in a housing (4) in such a way that the brake piston can be axially displaced, and a ring seal supported in the housing (4) in an axially immovable manner, which ring seal is elastically clamped between a cylindrical brake-piston wall and a recess in the brake-piston bore (13). In order to improve the NVH behavior in the avoidance of disturbing noises of motor-vehicle disk brakes, a reversibly elastically preloaded guiding means (15) is clamped between the brake-piston bore (13) and the brake-piston wall, which guiding means is supported on the housing (4) and couples the brake piston to the brake-piston bore (13) in such a way that the brake piston is oriented in a specific manner.


A vehicle (100) takes and evaluates an image (B) of the surroundings of the vehicle (100). If the result of the evaluation is that the image (B) possibly contains a static object (300) that could be suitable as a landmark, then the image (B) and a position of the vehicle (100) ascertained by the vehicle at the location at which the image (B) is taken are transmitted to a data processing station (200). Image analysis of the received image (B) allows the data processing station (200) to establish whether the supposedly static object (300) is suitable as a landmark. When the object (300) has been verified as a landmark, the data processing station (200) creates a data record describing the object (300), which data record is transmitted to the vehicle (100).


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.


Patent
Continental AG | Date: 2017-04-12

A method optimizes trailer braking gain for a trailer that is towed behind a vehicle. The method receives an operator selected trailer gain. During a braking event, braking data from at least one sensor is received. Based on the received data and the selected trailer gain, an output trailer gain is provided. During the braking event, pressure in a master cylinder of a vehicle and an actual deceleration of the vehicle is monitored. The method determines if the actual deceleration is sufficient for the monitored master cylinder pressure and if not sufficient, the output trailer gain is automatically adjusted to provide an optimized trailer gain to brakes of the trailer until the actual deceleration of the vehicle matches an expected deceleration at the monitored pressure value.


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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