Continental opens future mobility R&D center
The technology branch of Continental is expanding its worldwide network of R&D centers with a new location in San José in Silicon Valley, California. The facility will have 300 employees that will work on solutions for automated driving, electromobility, connectivity and mobility services.
Continental says it is investing millions of dollars in the new R&D center that will include laboratories, workshops and offices. The company has been in Silicon Valley since 2014 with its Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) business unit. According to Continental, the new center forms an important building block in implementing its strategy to develop technologies for transporting people and their goods. Software-based solutions, handling large amounts of data and using artificial intelligence are among the company’s goals.
Continental’s corporate technology officer, Kurt Lehmann, said: “The automotive industry is undergoing the biggest transformation in its 130-year history. In the past, it created value primarily using mechanical solutions. It then increased this value with help from sensors, electronics, software and digitalization. In the future, our business will be driven by mobility services and intelligent mobility technologies.”