Driving in the cloud safely on the road
Connectivity is becoming central to many new cars with Continental predicting 250-million connected cars by 2020
When we talk about Continental, the first thought is usually about tyres, but the company is also involved in technology, including the connected car. Continental says it connected the first vehicles to the internet in 1996. Since then, it has connected more than 30-million vehicles. And a glimpse into the future promises further growth. For the first time, 2017 will see half of all new cars equipped with some form of connectivity. By 2020, about 250-million connected cars will be on roads around the world, it says. "Where vehicle connectivity was once an added feature, it is becoming a key technology for intelligent mobility of the future. This is why we are focusing on holistic connectivity for a seamless online connection, and developing the entire vehicle into an open system," says Helmut Matschi, member of the executive board at Continental and head of its interior division. "Holistic connectivity concerns all aspects of a connected vehicle — from the in-vehicle electronics arc...