The Journey to Automation award introduced by the European Rubber Journal (ERJ) has named Continental the Total Winner within the award’s six classes, and the winner of the Tire Expertise Award. The UK-based commerce journal honored Continental for its Conti C.A.R.E. tire idea.
Conti C.A.R.E. (Linked. Autonomous. Dependable. Electrification.) is a wheel/tire idea that makes use of cloud-based connectivity to supply fleet operators a way of mobility administration. Continental has proposed fleets of autonomous electrical taxis as probably customers of the know-how.
Conti C.A.R.E. tires function sensors constructed into the construction of the tire and related to the cloud. These sensors generate and always consider information on tread depth, doable injury, tire temperature and tire strain. A management system often known as ContiSense transmits information to the cloud in actual time.
The jury praised Continental for its profitable mix of innovation, IT and impressed engineering, and counseled the venture for embracing “a proactive strategy to assembly OEM necessities with know-how leverages that ought to have vital impacts on the broader automotive trade.”
The jury additionally counseled the notion of actively adjusting tire strain via centrifugal pumps constructed into the wheel. Because the car accelerates, the centrifugal forces throughout the wheel act on the pump to generate compressed air. This PressureProof know-how retains the tire strain always throughout the superb vary, which might assist to realize a sustainable drop in emissions. Any extra compressed air is saved in an built-in tank. PressureBoost know-how may also this air to quickly adapt tire strain to numerous driving eventualities. For instance, autonomous electrical taxis might improve their tire strain to hold heavier masses and act as cargo carriers exterior peak durations.