The international automotive supplier is continuing to focus on high-quality and innovative software development teams at its almost 80 development locations spanning over 23 countries. For Continental, software is one of the most key components of future innovations. The developers of this software are therefore the ones whose expertise suppliers will rely on to provide automotive manufacturers worldwide with new functions in the areas of safety, efficiency and comfort.
Helmut Matschi, Member of the Continental AG Executive Board and head of the Interior Division, while speaking at CeBIT 2012 in Hanover told media: “Around 304 million product deliveries in 2011 in the Interior Division alone are testament to Continental’
The overall size of the development team is constantly being expanded. "In view of the changing requirements with regard to the level of networking in automotive systems, we are again strongly increasing the number of software developers at the company over the next few years,” Matschi said underlining the need for new qualified employees at locations in Germany and abroad, who are enthusiastic about innovations in the automotive industry.
The quality of software functions in vehicles is a crucial value for Continental. “Whenever you get into a car, you expect everything to function properly – whatever the driving situation. As software becomes ever more important, our developers are investing a great deal of expertise in error prevention – and with great success", the official continued.”
It is no coincidence that products such as the Electronic Stability Control, body control units or Digital Tachograph have been so successful over the years. 'This is also a sign of the success of our networked teams of software developers worldwide', he noted. As a leading global automotive supplier, Continental is already a market leader in cross-domain system development and relies on the innovative spirit of its international software development team here as well.
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Continental is a member of various committees with the aim of driving forward quality assurance and software standardization in the automotive industry. Its activities range from projects to standardise development processes to quality enhancement, projects to standardise communication protocols, and also include projects in the areas of software functionalities and architecture. This is done not only to make software as efficient as possible in cars of the future, but also to ensure they keep affordable: “We want to standardise everything relating to software and hardware that has no relevance for vehicle and brand differentiation. But in all those areas where the vehicle manufacturer can set itself apart considerably from its competitors, we will of course design products specifically for each manufacturer,”
It is also no wonder that the significance of software is also increasing dramatically at the moment in the ever important field of human-machine interfaces – another of Continental’
Continental expects that the importance of software will keep increasing over the next few years. Its engineers are therefore constantly working either on further improving existing in-car functions, enabling new functions through intelligent networking of existing systems, or creating entirely new systems – for new requirements in terms of electromobility for example. “Software will play an increasingly significant role for the industry in meeting future challenges and will therefore also be important to Continental,”
With sales of € 30.5 billion in 2011, 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 around 164,000 employees in 46 countries. For a full report, visit http://automotivehorizon.sulekha.com/