Expansion of the global development network
Continental continues to expand its global software development activities for the automotive industry. The tech company, which is a leading provider of automated and connected mobility, is now opening a software and systems development center in Chongqing, southwest China. Not only will this increase Continental’s local capacity for software development in China, but it will also allow the DAX-listed company to strengthen its know-how and expertise in the field of software and systems development for the concepts of modern vehicles.
“With this milestone, we are programming our organization for further growth in China as the world’s largest automotive market. The key to success there is creating local value, which we are constantly increasing. About one in ten Continental employees currently work in China, and they will be joined by a small, triple-digit number of software and IT experts in our new development center by the end of 2021, ”the CEO said. from Continental, Nikolai Setzer, on the company’s latest strategic strategy. move. He added: “We are at the forefront of software, employing approximately 20,000 software and IT specialists worldwide and operating our own software academy. With the addition of Chongqing, we further consolidate our global network of development centers and gain even more expertise. “
The vehicles of the future are smart and intelligent because their components, systems and programs communicate with each other – constantly, quickly and safely. To do this, they need to have a high degree of connectivity and automation, which is increasingly made possible by versatile software applications. Global automotive software sales will grow from $ 20 billion in 2019 to $ 50 billion in 2030, and China will be the largest market, accounting for around 34% of the country’s revenue, according to forecasts from a renowned consulting firm. electronics and software.
The technologies developed in China by Continental are, for example, embedded in innovative driver assistance systems. They also control high-performance computers and user-friendly vehicle architectures, and enable end-to-end connectivity of vehicle systems.
“In China, speed is everything. With our local development center for software and systems, we are driving future mobility in the country. This will allow us to act with even more flexibility and shorten our journey to customers, with whom we will bring automotive trends to Chinese roads even more quickly. In this way, we will help them stay ahead of their competition with our pioneering and innovative technologies, ”said Enno Tang, President and CEO of Continental China.
To date, one billion vehicles have features on board that carry the hallmark of Continental’s software and IT experts. To cite just one example, Continental was one of the first automotive suppliers to develop an innovative high-performance computer, which acts as a central interface to the Internet and enables full vehicle connectivity. This pioneering breakthrough in vehicle development immediately went into production and, since fall 2020, the computer has been the beating heart of the ID.3 and ID.4 electric vehicles and is now available in other Volkswagen models.
Smart connected vehicles have become a key part of the automotive industry, especially in China. Continental is therefore increasingly the driving force behind the local transformation of electricity and electronics (E / E architecture) towards a modern and open mobility architecture.
“Continental is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and has been active in the Chinese market for 26 years. We have achieved remarkable results here, ”Tang said, adding,“ The new development center is part of our strategy to further increase value creation in China. This is how we will ensure the growth of the Chinese market in the long term. “
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