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Continental to demonstrate dynamic eHorizon technology during CES; Connected Energy Management and Blind Curve Warning

Continental will demonstrate its latest generation of eHorizon technology during CES next month in Las Vegas. Continental will show with two use cases based on dynamic eHorizon technology—Connected Energy Management and Blind Curve Warning—how data from the cloud can predict the road ahead, ultimately reducing fuel consumption and making vehicles safer. Both demonstrations will be conducted on public roads in Las Vegas.

Continental has already shown that the static eHorizon—introduced commercially in 2012—which uses certain data from a static map stored in the vehicle, enables a significant reduction of fuel consumption (around 3% on average). As a result of this success, Continental has taken the development of eHorizon even further by using the cloud and crowd intelligence to enhance the digital map in the dynamic eHorizon Backend with fresh and accurate information.

This allows Continental to include dynamic and lane specific data such as variable speed limits, traffic lights, construction sites, or obstacles on the road and make it directly usable for vehicle electronics or to inform the driver.

At the CES we will demonstrate how the dynamic eHorizon enhances drivetrains and warns drivers about hidden dangers in real driving situations. The result: cleaner and safer vehicles thanks to Internet technology.

—Ralf Lenninger, Head of Innovation, System Development and Strategy at Continental’s Interior division

48 Volt EcoDrive with Connected Energy Management. After already demonstrating that the mild-hybrid 48 Volt Eco Drive with static eHorizon can increase fuel savings, Continental is connecting the drivetrain directly to the dynamic eHorizon backend to utilize active information on traffic flow and other events on the route for increased energy management.

Connecting our 48 Volt System to the cloud allows us to unleash a huge potential for fuel savings. Based on dynamic data such as traffic-signal-phases or variable speed limits, we are able to adjust the energy management anticipating events ahead of the vehicle. This enables even more efficient driving strategies with an optimum combination of engine-off coasting and regenerative braking.

Overall, the connected energy management reduces fuel consumption by an additional 3-4 percent.

—Dr. Oliver Maiwald, Head of Technology & Innovations in Continental’s Powertrain Division

To experience dynamic eHorizon with Connected Energy Management, a demo vehicle will be at the CES and will showcase real-time traffic light data on public roads in Las Vegas for increased fuel efficiency.

Predictive driving is safe driving. This is what any driver learns in driving school. However, there are situations—for example an accident behind the next curve—which cannot be detected early enough by the human eye or the vehicle’s sensors. With Continental’s dynamic eHorizon a driver will experience how we use information gathered by other vehicles to allow the car to see around the corner and subsequently warn drivers even before they could detect the situation themselves.

—Ralf Lenninger

Blind Curve Warning. Utilizing the cloud and swarm-intelligence for real-time data, the Blind Curve Warning demo vehicle by Continental will demonstrate increased comfort and safety with early notification and a better understanding of the road ahead. If a vehicle or obstacle is a potential hazard to the driver, a visible warning will appear long before the driver or even the environmental sensors could recognize the trouble zone. This gives the driver ample time to maintain an informed and smooth driving experience even through ‘blind’ curves and hills.


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