Continental Automotive Group, the German company which specializes in tires and automotive technology, has developed an automated technology solution, enabling cars to valet park without a driver. Recently presented to the public at the 2017 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the fully automated Valet Parking function was demonstrated in a demo vehicle at Continental’s premises in the city.
Continental’s latest innovative technology has been presented at a time when autonomous driving is an increasingly hot topic in the Middle East as a number of GCC governments have revealed their plans to develop smart cities and boost autonomous driving.
“With valet parking, we have presented a driverless function, which relieves drivers from a tedious procedure,” explained Alfred Eckert, Head of Advanced Technology in Continental’s Chassis & Safety division. “The valet parking function provides drivers with a beneficial service in terms of convenience and time. It is also a concrete step towards modern mobility based on fully automated driving.”
With this new technology, once the driver has exited the vehicle, the car navigates independently through the parking garage barrier, detecting free parking spaces and parks fully autonomously on the first floor. Pedestrians and other vehicles crossing its path are detected and the driving strategy is adapted dynamically. The next stage of development, which Continental’s team of engineers in Germany are working on now, will mean the system can also navigate up and down ramps to other levels in multi-story parking facilities.
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Continental, the worldwide premium tire manufacturer and technology company, recently announced that it will divert increased funds into research and development of hybrid and electric drive systems as part of the company’s new global “Powertrain Strategy 2020+”.
Focusing on two key targets, Continental is recognizing the demand for the most efficient combustion engine technologies that will lower carbon emissions and looking to benefit from the prospective growth in environmentally friendly hybrid and fully electric drive systems. While Continental’s Powertrain division won’t entirely move away from fine-tuning motors, it sees electric and hybrid vehicles accounting for 40 percent of the global car market by 2025.
Commenting on Continental’s ‘Powertrain Strategy 2020+’, Jose A. Avila, a member of the Executive Board and President of Continental’s Powertrain division said: “Moving forward, we will gradually implement our new strategy and expect a falling demand for newly developed mechanic and hydraulic engine components. In accordance with this trend, we will reduce our investment in these technologies, instead looking to the growth in innovative electronic, sensor and software systems due to increasingly stringent emission requirements worldwide.”
“Our Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) business is already experiencing a rising order intake. We expect a growing turnover of approximately $130 million today to up to $1 billion by 2021. Continental is planning to pursue business opportunities of almost $2 billion by 2025, with further investment in research and development of HEV-related technologies. This is why we intend to spend over $300 million more than previously projected,” he added.
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