Continental LTE Telematics Module
for High-Speed Data Access Worldwide
Innovative Telematics module facilitates “Always on” connectivity by handling multiple cellular technologies including LTE with up to 100 Mbps
The scalable new Telematics module builds on the great experience of over 26 million connected cars with Continental-technology since 1996.
Fast LTE technology paves the way for the total integration of consumer electronics and applications in the vehicle
Deer Park (IL, USA) / Wetzlar (Germany), 27th March, 2014. Already today, many new functions available in the vehicle cockpit depend on fast and reliable mobile access to external data. Future connected vehicles will be a part of the internet of everything and will communicate with other cars and with the cloud. Being “Always on” is therefore rapidly becoming a core requirement for modern vehicles. Continental, the international automotive supplier, paves the way for this trend with its new high-speed Telematics module. This new generation Telematics solution offers up to 100 Mbps bandwidth where the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network standard is available. By integrating configurable frequency variants, interchangeable options for air interface solutions, GPS/GLONASS, and WLAN into one scalable and highly compact hardware module, Continental’s LTE module can be used worldwide.
“With our new LTE-capable Telematics module, drivers around the globe can expand their capabilities with cloud services, lifestyle apps, and many more innovative features to make driving more comfortable, more efficient, and safer”, said Johann Hiebl, head of Continental’s Business Unit Infotainment & Connectivity. Applicable Telematics functions include connecting a smartphone to the vehicle, on- and off-board navigation, safety and security services such as advanced automatic collision notification or remote diagnostics, premium assistance on the road, Wi-Fi hot spot for rear seat entertainment and business productivity, plus apps. “Our new high-speed Telematics module connects drivers to what matters,” Hiebl summarized.
Continental has been serving the Automotive Telematics market since 1996 and has shipped over 26 million Telematics and connectivity products to date. The supplier’s Telematics reach includes the US, Europe, Brazil, China, Russia, and other countries. “We have launched Telematics with more mobile network providers than any other Tier 1 supplier. This global experience provided the basis for our new high-speed LTE Telematics module”, Hiebl said. It is scheduled to be available for vehicle mass production from early 2015.
The new generation of LTE-capable Telematics units seamlessly continues Continental’s philosophy of customizable automotive-grade products for worldwide use. The product architecture addresses multiple cellular technologies, including LTE, HSPA, EVDO, GSM, and CDMA. To facilitate worldwide use, the national frequency variants in the US, Europe, Russia, China, Brazil, and many other countries are supported. The module also offers premium speech and hands-free technologies. Consumer device connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB. To interface with the vehicle, many automotive bus standards such as MOST, CAN, LIN, Ethernet, USB, and Wi-Fi are supported. With its increased processing power and configurable RAM and FLASH memory, the LTE module supports a wide range of applications. Despite its rich functionality the new overall Telematics solution is integrated on a small printed circuit board. This PCB holds the full chipset – including the application IC – plus RAM/FLASH and still measures no more than 35 x 40 millimeters. Frequency variations, Wi-Fi, and RAM/FLASH can be freely configured to the application, and cellular chips with identical footprint are available in multiple variants to cover all major cellular technologies.
One of the biggest advantages is the bandwidth capability of LTE: compared to previous 3G technologies, 4G LTE finally brings the bandwidth for many innovative features in the vehicle. Bandwidth is a prerequisite for the best real-time experience when using HTML 5 apps and dynamic content, on-line location-based services, low-latency Vehicle-to-X (V2X) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure-to-Vehicle (V2I2V) communications, fast media streaming and map updates, plus personalized cloud services and mobile office connectivity.
With sales of €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 178,000 employees in 49 countries.
The Automotive Groupwith its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approx. €7.3 billion in 2013, roughly 36.500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approx. €6.3 billion in 2013, roughly 32,400 employees) and Interior (sales of approx. €6.6 billion in 2013, roughly 34,400 employees) achieved sales of approximately €20 billion in 2013. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner to the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility, and cost-efficiency.
The Chassis & Safety division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, air bag electronics and sensors, washer systems, and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management and transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel supply systems, and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the heart of the Interior division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions, and cockpit modules and systems.