Automotive manufacturing company Continental’s technology division inaugurated its largest R&D centre in Bengaluru on November 23. The ’Technical Centre’ has been developed after an overall investment of Rs 1,000 crore. It can accommodate a staff of 6,500 employees and currently is home to 5,000 engineers. The R&D centre accommodates the manufacturers several divisions and has a plethora of training centres, collaborative labs and even dedicated areas for testing vehicles and systems physically.
Overall, the centre will enable R&D in Continental’s five main business areas – Autonomous Mobility, Architecture and Networking, Safety and Motion, Smart Mobility and User Experience. Among notable contributions from the centre, is the development of software for radar-based driver assistance systems (ADAS) and single-channel ABS systems that are widely used in smaller-capacity, commuter motorcycles. Continental says the teams at the technical centre are already working on the next-gen single-channel ABS system, which will have better performance and multiple traction modes.
Speaking on the inauguration, Prashanth Doreswamy, President and CEO, Continental India, said, “We have made significant investments here in the last few years, including greenfield manufacturing plants and the expansion of production lines for vehicle electronics for passenger cars and two-wheelers. Our new R&D campus represents yet another milestone in our growth.”
From left to right- Latha Chembrakalam, Head of Technical Centre India, Continental Automotive India; Prashanth Doreswamy, President and CEO, Continental India; and Dr. C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Information Technology, Karnataka.
Latha Chembrakalam, Head of Technical Center India, Continental Automotive added, “With the evolution of software-defined vehicles, there will be further growth of safety and convenience features, newer in-vehicle experiences, and so on. Techincal Centre will continue to have a larger role to play in Continental’s efforts to define the future of mobility, and our engineers play a key role in placing India on the global automotive R&D map.”
The 1 million sq ft campus is Continental’s largest R&D centre that caters to both its global and local markets. It is also home to the Global Software Centre for Excellence where advanced competencies such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Machine Learning and Cyber Security solutions are being developed. The division also participates in skilling, re-skilling and upskilling employees for a more software-centric future in the automotive industry.