Continental joins BMW, Intel to enhance self-driving development
Germany-based automotive supplier Continental announced it has become a development partner and system integrator of the collaboration between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye for automated driving.
BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye established as a goal to develop a new cooperation model for highly and fully automated driving that will provide scalable solutions for the entire automotive industry worldwide.
As a system integrator, Continental will play a key role in the industrialization of the platform for other automotive manufacturers and to bring the joint solutions to the market more quickly.
The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye already bundled their resources and know-how in July 2016 to ensure series production of highly and fully automated BMW vehicles by 2021.
Continental will contribute broad product know-how and its overall system competency along the entire process chain of assisted and automated driving.
The focus is on function development and integration of automated systems including driver monitoring and motion control, as well as simulation and validation of the functions.
The competence of Continental will extend to the full, necessary range of products and services: surrounding sensors, environment model, driving functions, system architecture, functional safety, control units, brake systems, tires, complete powertrain systems as well as systems for human-machine-dialogue and system validations.
The components and systems required for automated driving will be developed and produced at locations all over the world. The company owns two Research and Development centers in Mexico and operates 16 production sites for most of its divisions in Cuautla, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juarez, Delicias, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Montemorelos, Monterrey, Morelia, Nogales, San Luis Potosi and Silao.
Among the components are systems for multi-function cameras, for fish-eye cameras with surround view, as well as short-range and long-range radar sensors. In addition, this includes high-resolution 3D LiDAR technologies as well as central control units for assisted and automated driving.
In 2016 alone, the sales of advanced driver assistance systems amounted to over US$ 1.34 billion. At the same time, the number of new orders increased to over US$ 3.34 billion. By 2020, Continental expects sales of considerably more than US$ 2.23 billion.