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Extreme E SUV premieres with Continental tyres

Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E SUV, have made their global debut. The unveiling of these cutting-edge products follows the announcement earlier this year of Continental’s partnership with the electric racing series. As a founding partner, Continental, the premium tyre manufacturer, is set to provide tyre technology for this unprecedented rally driving competition.

The new tyres, with summer and winter tyre technology and designed for the world’s toughest driving conditions, were presented to the public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed along with the unique electric sports utility vehicle. Together, driver, car and tyres will tackle some of the most extreme locations across the globe, from the Himalayas and the Arctic to the Indian Ocean and deserts.

Karel Kucera, Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at Continental, commented: “At Continental, we pride ourselves as leaders in ground-breaking automotive technology and so our partnership with Extreme E comes naturally. With the cutting-edge tyre designs that we developed for Extreme E SUV, we guarantee perfect grip for acceleration, braking and precision handling on the toughest tracks.”


All Extreme E teams must use the same set of standardised equipment, created and assembled by motorsport manufacturer Spark Racing Technology, equipped with a battery manufactured by Williams Advanced Engineering, as well as Continental tyres.

Prototype testing of the electric SUV has now begun in earnest, with substantial tyre technology contributions from Founding Partner, Continental. Each Extreme E team will receive two sets of summer and winter tyres, optimised for every conceivable facet of performance and safety required by their electric SUVs.

The race series is due to commence in 2021.

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Continental unveils new Smart Wearables for enhanced safety

Continental, the premium German tyre and technology company, has unveiled two prototypes of new smart wearables for the first time at the recent 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The world premiere of the new smart wearable prototypes showcase a heated and actively-illuminated safety jacket, that features LED lights for enhanced safety at work. In addition to being safe, the prototypes also offer comfort with integrated heat function that saves energy for vehicle heating.

“The smart wearable concepts open up huge opportunities for the future and allow for interaction with vehicle electronics to be expanded. In the future, sensors in clothing could determine data such as humidity and temperature and, based on this, actuate the automatic climate control system via the vehicle electronics,” said Tobias Huber, who is responsible at Continental for developing smart, functional materials.

The jacket automatically lights up when the driver leaves the vehicle
The jacket heating system can reduce the cab energy consumption by up to 90 percent

Eye-catching LED lights for safety

The newly designed prototype jacket comes with energy-saving LED lights and eye-catching conventional night reflectors for safety, ensuring good visibility at all times. The jacket, targeted at employees of courier companies, emergency services, utility services staff and truck drivers, has also been equipped with an optional heating function that protects its wearer against accidents and is activated automatically on leaving the vehicle.


A coil incorporated in the driver’s seat inductively charges the batteries which powers the LEDs and the integral heating system, ensuring that the jacket is always adequately charged. In addition, a flexible second coil in the jacket absorbs the power from the seat coil. Various material layers safeguard the garment’s washability and limit radiation of the magnetic field to the driver.

Enhanced comfort thanks to effective heating concept

“The heating function is about far more than just improving comfort,” added Huber. “In delivery vehicles, the jacket heating system can reduce the cab energy consumption by up to 90%. That adds up to an extended range since the driver is heated rather than the cab.”

Electrically conductive materials are used to generate the desired warmth in the jacket without having to install a single millimetre of heating filament. This is thanks to a conductive, coatable polymer compound that is incorporated in the material by means of a printing process.

If electricity flows through the material, it is directly converted to heat. Consequently, the surface is fully warmed within seconds at the cost of a relatively low power input.


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Continental Commissions First Driverless Tyre Test Vehicle

  • Newly developed tyres are being tested under real life conditions to ensure premium quality

  • Automation allows for improved processes and more conclusive results

  • Driverless tyre tests based on prototypes of Continental’s automated Cruising Chauffeur

Continental, the premium German tyre and technology company, has commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle, using pioneering technology based on the company’s automated Cruising Chauffeur. Launched at the Continental test site in Texas, USA, the innovative system will see newly developed tyres being tested under real life conditions across a wide range of road surface, making test results for Continental’s passenger and light truck tyres more conclusive to ensure premium quality.

Controlled through a satellite-based navigation system, the new test vehicle is equipped with camera and radar sensors allowing the vehicle to react immediately to people, animals, or other unexpected objects on the road without a driver. This contributes to making Continental’s Vision Zero strategy for accident-free driving a reality.


Nicolai Setzer, Continental Executive Board member and Head of Tyre Division said, “In critical situations, the tyres’ level of technology is the deciding factor in whether a vehicle brakes in time. With tyre tests which use an automated vehicle, we achieve highly conclusive test results and thereby ensure the premium quality of our tyres.”


Driving test vehicles places huge demands on the drivers and the smallest deviations on the test track can have a huge impact on the quality and comparability of the test results. Therefore, newly developed rubber compounds and tyre models will be tested under real life conditions to show just how well they perform on different road surfaces.

In addition to the significantly improved comparability of the results, the tyre test using automated vehicles will also reduce the maintenance work required for the test tracks as there will be less route variations.

Thomas Sych, Head of Tyre Testing at Continental, commented, “We want to automate and standardise tyre tests to such an extent that we can identify even the smallest differences in the tyres. The automated vehicle enables us to reproduce processes precisely, meaning that every tyre in the test experiences exactly the same conditions. This way, we can ensure that differences in the test are actually caused by the tyres and not by the test procedure.”

“Thanks to close collaboration with colleagues from many different areas of Continental, we have made a lot of progress with our prototype for the tyre test. Our focus now is on further developing the necessary camera and radar systems for this special case of off-road routes,” explains Sych.

Automated vehicles are not new for Continental. As far back as 50 years ago, Continental was already doing groundbreaking work in preparing for the future of mobility. The company’s engineers developed an electronically controlled car to automate tyre tests 50 years ago when the vehicle followed a wire that was glued to the track, which limited its use to asphalt test tracks. Today’s prototype can also safely navigate along gravel roads without a driver.


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Cutting-Edge Technology Powers Continental’s Augmented Reality Head-up Display

  • New waveguide technology enables large-area augmentation in the driver’s field of view

  • Shifting from mirrors to innovative waveguide technology makes it possible to integrate an AR-HUD in many vehicle cockpits for the first time

  • Continental builds a full-colour demonstrator to show the ultra-compact waveguide HUD’s potential


Continental, the premium German tyre and technology company, has revealed an industry-first full-colour demonstrator of an automotive-specific Augmented Reality Head-up Display (AR-HUD). Based on waveguide technology, the demonstrator is the result of a joint partnership with DigiLens Inc., one of the world’s leading experts in projection technology.


HUDs with graphic augmentations in a real-world view offer intuitive support to drivers who will immediately understand where their attention is required and why. For instance, virtual turn-by-turn navigation signs on the road make driving safer and easier. During automated driving, an AR-HUD can make the “sensing” and “planning” of the vehicle more transparent.

“Head-up Displays, particularly those with large-area augmentation, provide optimum driver support. Thanks to our early investment into waveguide technology, we are now taking a big step forward towards ultra-compact AR-HUDs. We have successfully overcome the most challenging obstacle which is the instrument size. As a result, industrialising this technology in the vehicle is now within reach,” said Dr. Frank Rabe, Head of the Continental business unit Instrumentation & Driver HMI.

Flat waveguides replace mirror technology

Up until very recently, AR-HUD development was still generally based on mirror technology, like in the windscreen HUD. However, what works well in the HUD is not an option for the AR-HUD, because the display area of a conventional HUD is small by comparison.

“Most vehicles simply do not offer a large amount of space. That was clear from day one, and that is why we wanted a different solution in order to be able to offer the AR-HUD benefits to as many drivers as possible,” said Dr. Pablo Richter, Principal Expert Optical Technologies at Continental.

That is also why Continental entered into a strategic partnership with the waveguide HUD expert DigiLens in 2016 and increased this participation in 2018. The joint development work has now produced the first full-colour demonstrator, which uses three flat waveguides stacked over one another to create the RGB colour space – and no mirrors.

“The light rays from the projector enter the multi-layer waveguide from underneath. They get folded inside the waveguide and are finally projected upwards to create the virtual image through reflection on the windscreen,” Richter explained. “One of the many challenges was that while our development partner had produced solutions for the helmet visors of pilots or motorcycle drivers, the large-area application to a windscreen takes the technology to a whole different dimension.”

Continental´s demonstrator enables augmentations within a field of 2,60 metres x 0,87 metres at a projection distance of 10 metres and solves the previous size issue of the AR-HUD. Over the course of ongoing development, further necessary requirements to the vehicle application will be met individually.


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Continental research highlights the need to pay more attention to tyre safety

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Tyre Safety

Research by Continental, the premium tyre and automotive manufacturer, has revealed the degree to which UAE parents are overlooking basic safety checks of their vehicles, putting themselves and their children at risk. Contrary to the advice of safety experts, most parents are failing to check their tyres safety regularly enough, with a quarter not even being able to recall the last time they did a proper check.

As part of its Vison Zero safety initiative, Continental conducted two studies: one in collaboration with YouGov and another in partnership with the GEMS Modern Academy Dubai. The YouGov study of parents in the UAE showed the frequency with which parents check their tyres while a survey at the school inspected the tyre health of parents’ vehicles parked there.


Road safety experts recommend checking tyres at least once per month for air pressure, tread depth and signs of irregular wear to help prevent catastrophic tyre failure while on the road [1]. However, of parents who said that they regularly drive their children to school, more than half (52 per cent) had not checked their tyres in the last month, according to the Continental-commissioned YouGov survey. Highlighting further concerns about child safety, one in four parents surveyed could not bring to mind the last time a thorough check on their vehicles tyres.

With tyre-related accidents in the UAE is believed to be contributing to around five percent of traffic deaths, Continental’s survey raises questions about parents’ awareness of basic vehicle safety precautions and the safety of the traditional daily “school run”.

Subsequent to these findings, Continental, and their local partner Emirates for Universal Tyres (EUT), carried out standard tyre tests on over 200 vehicles parked at the GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai, to help ensure that parents were ferrying their children safely and also to raise awareness around the issue. The expert technicians conducting the tests recommended that 24 of the vehicles, more than one in ten of the sample, should have at least one of their tyres replaced.

Commenting on the YouGov survey, Ricardo Martins, Head of Marketing, Continental Middle East said: “Checking the safety of your vehicle on a regular basis is the responsibility of each and every driver and is just one simple way of minimising the risk of road accidents. Finding out that this is not something that is regularly done by most parents in the UAE reinforced our motivation to look at the issue in greater detail and take action.

“We are pleased to have brought to the attention of dozens of parents the need to regularly check the health of your vehicle’s tyres. We take our global initiative of Vision Zero – our aspiration for a world with zero fatalities, injuries or accidents on the roads – very seriously and believe in making a difference with activities such as this,” Martins added.

Continental and EUT staff checked 204 vehicles of parents at the Gems Modern Academy in Dubai, testing for air pressure, tread depth, wear and punctures. While seven in ten vehicles had the correct tyre pressure, more than a quarter of checks discovered under-inflated tyres – a key factor contributing to irregular tread wear (discovered in 31 vehicles) and side-wall damage (found on 14 of the parked cars).

Speaking about the tyre safety initiative, Nargish Khambatta, Principal of GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai, said: “Our children’s safety is always our priority and such programmes are significant as they educate parents on the importance of road safety”.

Road safety continues to be a major issue in the UAE, with recent figures from the Ministry of Interior and National Transport Authority showing that 525 people lost their lives on the country’s roads in 2017 [2].

Speaking about the findings, Thomas Edelmann, Managing Director, RoadSafetyUAE, commented: “Tyre safety is a high concern in the UAE, especially considering the harsh climate. We experience tyre debris on our roads pretty much every day and this should serve as a warning. Tyre safety is even more relevant in the context of transporting our kids – we just want to make sure we transport our children in the safest possible manner. Caring parents should regularly check the condition of their vehicle and in particular the tyre condition by pre-drive checks. We welcome this initiative of our CSR-partner Continental.”

Continental’s YouGov survey asked 500 UAE parents about the last time they or a professional thoroughly checked the tyres on their car. Of these, 47 per cent claimed to have done so within the last month with a further 23 per cent and five per cent within the last six months and 12 months respectively. Exactly 25 per cent could not recall the last time they had their tyres checked.

As a frontrunner in automotive technological advancements and road safety, Continental is a dedicated advocate of greater safety on the roads – the company’s global Vision Zero initiative aims to totally eradicate road accidents and achieve Zero fatalities, Zero injuries and Zero accidents on the roads. These surveys were commissioned by Continental as part of its approach to delivering Vision Zero through enhancing drivers’ knowledge, attitude and awareness.


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Continental’s all-new bespoke Generation 6 tyre arrives in the Middle East

Continental Generation 6

Continental, the premium German tyre manufacturer has announced the arrival of the first batch of the brand’s all-new Continental Generation 6 tyre range which has been specifically designed for the Middle East market. Aimed to service up to 40 percent of the region’s tyre market, Continental’s new range offers car owners a selection of robust tyres designed to cope with the road conditions found across the region.

Consisting of 60 different sizes across three distinct product lines, the Generation 6 tyres have been dispatched from Europe directly to the markets across the Middle East region and comprise ComfortContact 6 for smaller cars and city driving, UltraContact 6 for larger sedans and MaxContact 6 for high performance vehicles. Providing a wide range of options for customers, the new premium tyre range will service small to high performance cars, combining advanced German technology with local expertise to deliver unmatched levels of comfort and robustness suitable for the driving conditions faced by the region’s drivers.


Continental Generation 6 have undergone intense safety checks ensuring one of the safest ranges of tyres on the market in line with the brand’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatalities, injuries and accidents on the roads. Before any Continental innovation goes into production, it is tested intensively. Continental uses and develops more and more advanced-testing measuring technology to deliver matured and optimised products. This way, Continental ensures to deliver only the safest, most comfortable and reliable mobility solutions.

Commenting on the Middle East arrival of Continental Generation 6 tyre products, Jose Luis de la Fuente, Managing Director of Continental Middle East, said, “The region has proven to be a key market for Continental since the establishment of the brand’s regional office in 2015.  With the arrival of the first tyre range exclusively designed for the Middle East, we are confident that our customers will reap the benefit of the Continental Generation 6 tyres’ performance and robustness across some of the toughest terrains and challenging driving conditions of the region.”

The robust design of the new Generation 6 range provides high resistance to damage from hazards such as potholes, debris and kerb impacts, helping to prolong the tyre’s life. All products feature the latest technological advances for enhanced grip, handling and braking, and quieter more comfortable rides.

One of the top three automotive suppliers worldwide, Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for the sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. It offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable transport solutions, including brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics and tyres.


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Continental and Zuhair Bakheet Ready for AFC Asian Cup

To celebrate the eagerly anticipated Final Draw for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, Continental marked the occasion with its own ‘mini-festival of football’ featuring an exclusive meet-and-greet session with Emirati football legend, Zuhair Bakheet and famous regional football freestyler, Ammar Freez.

Hosted at the Pavilion of the Armani Hotel in Dubai on Friday evening (4th May 2018), the fun activities organised by Continental – the premium tyre and automotive manufacturer, and official sponsor of the upcoming championship – took place prior to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Final Draw that was attended by a host of special guests from across the Asian footballing world.

Making memories to last a lifetime, Emirati footballer Zuhair Bakheet made an exclusive appearance at the Continental stand where he spent quality time with a group of youngsters and their parents, who gained the opportunity to meet him thanks to Arab football pundit, Mohammed Awaad. As exciting for the parents as it was for the children, the group had the chance to chat face-to-face with their hero and hear about his own experiences at the 1990 World Cup Finals and three AFC Asian Cup finals.


Making his own mark at the ceremony, famous freestyler, Ammar Al Khudairy – also known as ‘Ammar Freez’ – displayed his own impressive ball skills at the foot of Burj Khalifa. Discovered four years ago on television show ‘Arabs Got Talent’, Ammar Freez delighted guests alongside his talented freestyler companion, Hussam Haidar, with a jaw-dropping performance of tricks, kicks and flicks that was matched only by the dramatic backdrop of the world’s tallest building.

Commenting on his being part of the build-up to the historic Final Draw ceremony, Bayan Abdul Razik, aged 42, a UAE resident from Palestine, said, “It was such an honour to meet Zuhair for the first time and hear some of his stories from his playing days, in particular Italia ‘90 and the 1996 AFC Asian Cup, which was the last time it was hosted here in the UAE. He was one of my footballing heroes as a kid so actually sitting down and chatting with him was a dream come true.”

Ricardo Martins, Head of Marketing, Continental Middle East, said, “Continental has always been synonymous with precision and performance. What better way to help us, as an official sponsor of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, celebrate the Final Draw than sharing the day with Emirati football legend, Zuhair Bakheet. We are incredibly proud to sponsor such a prestigious football event here in the region and look forward to the start of the championship in January 2019.” 

Continental has been associated with football for over a decade, with its first foray into the field in the early 1990s. Continental has been heavily involved in supporting football tournaments and teams over the years, including the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League (1995-2000), the UEFA European Championship (2008, 2012 and 2016) and Major League Soccer in the United States and Canada. It also sponsored the AFC Asian Football Cup in 2015 which was hosted in Australia.


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Continental claims award for road safety in UAE

Continental, the leading German tyre manufacturer, has received a prestigious Acknowledgement Award at the Global Infrastructure Congress (GIC) in Dubai for its recent road safety initiative, urging UAE motorists to maintain high alertness levels to promoter safe driving on the roads. Hosted earlier this month under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, UAE, the award was presented by H.E. Eng. Hassan Al Mansoori. Under Secretary of Ministry of Infrastructure Development UAE to Continental Middle East represented by Martin Oern, Head of Finance and Tobias Heilmann, Head of Human Resources.

The official recognition of Continental’s safety initiative comes in line with what the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently highlighted about the fact that poor concentration, inattentiveness and tiredness raise the likelihood of crashes. Continental’s regional road safety initiative reveals how UAE motorists turn to different types of caffeinated drinks to help them maintain concentration and prevent road injuries. According to UAE authorities, road accidents are considered one of the leading causes for death of children in the country.


Commenting on the award, Jose Luis de la Fuente, Managing Director of Continental Middle East, said: “As road safety continues to be a major issue in the UAE and worldwide, it boosts our motivation to develop innovative solutions for a safer driving experience, while contributing to our Vision Zero initiative. We are so proud to receive such a highly-esteemed award, and this recognition from GIC confirms our ongoing commitment to raising awareness on road safety among motorists as well as developing not only award-winning but also effective and life-changing initiatives.”

The award-winning initiative was powered by a study, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by Continental as part of its Vison Zero safety initiative. Endorsed by UAE-based Medical Doctor and DHA-certified Clinical Dietician, Dr Dana Al-Hamwi, Continental’s initiative warned of the dangers of relying on certain types of caffeinated drinks to enhance levels of alertness.

The Global Infrastructure Congress (GIC) awards aim to recognise the best ideas, initiatives, projects and solutions that enable and showcase future-ready and sustainable infrastructure; the GIC awards not only recognises but also promotes the winners as global leaders.

As a frontrunner in automotive technological advancements and road safety, Continental is a dedicated advocate of greater safety on the roads – the company’s global Vision Zero initiative aims to totally eradicate road accidents and achieve zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents on the roads. The survey was commissioned by Continental as part of its approach to delivering Vision Zero through enhancing drivers’ knowledge, attitude and awareness.


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Continental presents two new tyre technology concepts for greater safety and comfort

Continental is introducing two new tire concepts designed to provide a safe and comfortable driving experience in the future. The two technologies, ContiSense and ContiAdapt, are designed to continuously monitor a tyre’s condition and offer situation-matched adaptation of tyre performance characteristics to prevailing road conditions.

ContiSense is based on the development of electronic conductive rubber compounds that enable electric signals to be sent from a sensor in the tyre to a receiver in the car. Continuously monitoring both tread depth and temperature, the rubber-based sensors indicate if the measured value is above or below the predefined limit and triggers the system to immediately alert the driver. If anything penetrates the tread, a circuit in the tyre is closed, triggering an immediate warning for the driver before the tyre pressure starts to drop.


In the future, the ContiSense system will feature additional sensors that can also be utilised individually, thus information about the road surface, such as its temperature or the terrain can be sensed by the tyre and passed on to the driver. The data will be transmitted directly to the vehicle or to a smartphone via bluetooth.

ContiAdapt combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel to adjust the tyre pressure with a variable-width rim. The system can thus modify the size of the contact patch, which is a decisive factor under different road conditions for both safety and comfort. ContiAdapt allows perfect adaption to four different conditions: wet, uneven surface, slippery and normal conditions. For example, a smaller contact patch combined with high tyre pressure makes for low rolling resistance, generating energy-efficient driving on smooth, dry roads. By contrast, the combination of a larger contact patch with lower tire pressure delivers ideal grip on slippery roads. The system also permits very low tyre pressures of below one bar (14.5psi) to be set, which help ease driving on sandy offroad tracks and while dune bashing.

Continental has also joined both the ContiSense and ContiAdapt technologies in one concept tyre that enables the benefits of both systems to be fully leveraged.

Presented in the Middle East in December 2017, the ContiAdapt tyre concept took centerstage at Continental’s Contivention event that was held in Dubai and saw the launch of the Generation 6 – the company’s first tyre range developed specifically for the Middle East. José Luis de La Fuente, Continental Middle East’s managing director, said, “It was great to see the high interest in the new tyre concept from our partners and key media in the region and we don’t see a long period of time for when such concepts become reality. We have always been committed to presenting new automotive technologies that provide our customers with a safer and more enhanced driving experience.”

Continental considers both these tyre technology concepts to be promising solutions for mobility of the future, as tyres are adapted to meet the needs of automated driving and EV systems. Low rolling resistance, for example, makes it possible for electric cars to cover greater distances on a single charge. At the same time, the tires can be adapted to suit the driver’s personal preferences or in response to sudden changes in the weather.

These new tyre concepts form the next steps in the future-oriented development of the REDI sensor, which was first launched by Continental in 2014 and instrumental in establishing smart communication between vehicles and tyres. The new tyre technology concepts follow on from the two established mobility technologies ContiSeal, for the automatic sealing of punctures, and ContiSilent, for an audible reduction in tyre/road noise. Bringing over a century of experience in tyre technology and in-house expertise in the fields of vehicle electronics and automotive IT, Continental is systematically aligning its products with the future requirements of autonomous driving and electric mobility.


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Constantly connected: Continental is shaping the future of mobility


Continental, the premium tyre and automotive manufacturer, is shaping the transformation of effectively turning cars into mobile devices. The company will demonstrate its latest automotive technology, enabling cars to be connected at all times, whether for phone calls, music streaming or keyless access, at a world premiere during the Mobile World Congress (MWC), from 26th February until 1st March, in Spain.

Starting this year, every new car in Europe will have to be equipped with an integrated SIM card enabling vehicles to make an emergency call at any time. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, the UAE has made significant inroads into the connected car sector, as the national telecommunications company, Etisalat, initiated the region’s first connected car deployment, installing small devices into cars, connected via a SIM card. A number of countries in the region have recently revealed long term economic plans including a heavy focus on diversification, whereby governments and investors are increasingly investing in a number of sectors – including technology.

“Smartphones, tablets and now cars –vehicles will soon be part of the connected world, and will have to blend seamlessly into users’ daily digital routines. We will demonstrate that having a seamless online connection and comprehensive cyber security is just as important as ensuring trouble-free integration of mobile devices and intuitive operation,” commented Helmut Matschi, member of the Executive Board at Continental and head of the Interior division.


A glimpse into the future: predictive connectivity


Continuous and high-quality mobile network coverage is crucial for drivers wanting to expand their digital lifestyles to the domain of driving. With many regions, including certain areas of the Middle East, still plagued by low bandwidths and high latency; broken off phone calls and interrupted music streaming are not uncommon. Continental has developed a predictive connectivity manager, which collects data on the network quality via crowdsourcing and uses this data to create a map of available mobile networks and their quality.

Based on the results the software can, for instance, notify drivers that their current phone calls will be terminated and advise them when the network quality will be good enough again to continue the call.

The all-rounder smartphone: keyless vehicle access

Solutions for intelligent vehicle access by means of virtual smartphone key are making car rental more convenient for customers and rental companies alike. Continental’s “Key as a Service” technology enables a rental experience with keyless vehicle access and engine start authorisation.

The core component of all Continental’s smart access systems is the virtual smartphone key, which consists of a tamper-proof data record. This key gains access only after successful one-time authentication, which is then sent to the smartphone via a wireless interface. For the Smart Device Integrated Access solution, the system uses multiple Bluetooth Low Energy modules in the vehicle to enable the authorised smartphone to be located from both inside and outside. As soon as an authorized virtual key is detected, the system issues permission to open the vehicle and start the engine.


Smartphones are also expanding vehicle technology

Another remote display option for vehicle data on the smartphone is the filling assistant function, which displays the current tyre pressure. In an app on their mobile devices, users can also activate personalised profiles such as seat position, air-conditioning settings and entertainment preferences.

To make sure that a flat battery does not stand in the way of diverse smartphone integration, Continental will also bring its Multifunctional Smart Device Terminal to the MWC 2018. The terminal enables wireless charging for smartphones via Bluetooth and NFC with the vehicle’s head unit.

No connectivity without security

To ensure sufficient system security as digitalization advances, Continental’s subsidiary Elektrobit – with its new family member Argus Cyber Security – is delivering multilayer end-to-end automotive cyber security solutions and services. These include intrusion detection and prevention, attack surface protection, health monitoring and management to safeguard the cyber security of vehicle fleets as well as wireless software updates.

Remote Vehicle Data: a powerful platform for connected vehicles

Continental’s Remote Vehicle Data (RVD) platform is the basis for innovative, connected services. The platform enables standardised access to manufacturer-specific vehicle data for numerous makes and models. RVD is aimed at vehicle manufacturers, car dealers, rental companies, fleet operators, repair workshops and insurance companies. The platform provides an end-to-end solution and integrates seamlessly into Continental’s modular cloud solutions for connectivity-based services.


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Continental introduces first tyre range developed specifically for the Middle East


Continental, the premium German tyre brand, has become the first manufacturer to develop a full range of tyres specifically for the Middle East market. Officially launched in the region this week, Continental’s new Generation 6 range of products offers car owners a selection of robust tyres designed to cope with the unique road conditions found across the region.

The Generation 6 range comprises three distinct product lines: ComfortContact 6 for smaller cars and city driving, UltraContact 6 for larger sedans and MaxContact 6 for high performance vehicles. The new range will go on sale across the Middle East early in 2018, combining advanced German technology and all-round automotive know-how with local expertise to deliver unmatched levels of comfort and robustness, as well as first-class handling and braking abilities, ensuring one of the safest ranges of tyres on the market in line with the brand’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating fatalities, injuries and accidents on the roads.

The robust design of the new Generation 6 range provides high resistance to damage from hazards such as potholes, debris and kerb impacts, helping to prolong the tyre’s life. All products feature the latest technological advances for enhanced grip, handling and braking, and quieter and more comfortable rides.


Continental has invested significant resources to ensure that the region’s car owners can now enjoy the benefits of the company’s expertise. Upon opening its Middle East office in 2014, the brand commenced a detailed programme of research into the market. This was followed by a two-year development and production phase, which has resulted in the creation of 60 different tyre sizes across the three lines.

Like all of Continental’s tyres, the new Generation 6 tyre range was put through an extensive testing process including a series of tests in Middle East, the tyres’ target markets. In addition, the new tyre range was also tested at Continental’s fully-automated tyre-testing in-house facility in Hannover, the only such facility owned by a tyre manufacturer in the world. The facility employs over 800 employees at the company’s Research and Development (R&D) and Testing divisions in Germany. Testing and evaluating over 250,000 tyres every year, under all conditions, the company covers more than 160,000,000 km in endurance and high speed tests and evaluates more than 250,000 materials.

 The new tyre range was launched this week (13 December) at a special driving event at the Dubai Autodrome, attended by some 110 Continental importers, retailers and distributors. José Luis de La Fuente, Continental Middle East’s managing director, said: “The Middle East is a key market for Continental – our products very much lend themselves to the climatic and driving conditions encountered across the region. But we wanted to take our offering to the next level and provide our customers an even higher quality choice of tyres, so developing a range bespoke to the region was the natural next step.”

One of the top three automotive suppliers worldwide, Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for the sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. It offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable transport solutions, including brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics and tyres. As a leading global tyre manufacturer, Continental’s tyre division generated sales of €10.7 billion in 2016 and has over 24 production and development locations worldwide.


Continental’s new Generation 6 range

ComfortContact 6

The ComfortContact 6 has been designed for owners of smaller cars who use them for the daily commute and who expect a premium tyre that offers good mileage and a quiet, safe ride. This new tyre displays exceptional qualities when it comes to dry handling and ride comfort. It also delivers low noise levels, optimised rolling resistance and higher mileage.

The impact of road noise is lessened by two new features. ‘Harmonic comfort chambers’ located on the inner shoulder of the tyre pattern reduce noise harshness and direct noise emissions away from the car’s occupants, while specially designed round-shaped groove elements further break up the noise waves to reduce sound levels. The polymers of the tyre compound are combined with a strong, durable sulfur network and feature special softeners that adapt better to the roughness of the road surface, which combine to deliver both a more comfortable ride and higher mileage.


UltraContact 6

A balanced tyre for everyday driving, especially on highways, the UltraContact 6 targets owners of mid-size saloon cars, from the Nissan Altima up to the BMW 5 and Jaguar XF, who are seeking an ideal combination of driving comfort, safety and performance. It delivers extremely short braking distances in dry and wet conditions, a high grip level for braking and cornering, and the perfect combination of good mileage and low noise.

The chamfered angle of the UltraContact 6’s Diamond Edge tread pattern helps reduce tread flex and maximise road contact when braking. An advanced Diamond Blend Compound features a combination of short-chained grip-polymers for advanced braking and handling, and long-chained mileage-polymers for reduced wear. The introduction of Noise Breakers 2.0, an enhanced version of the existing Noise Breaker concept, cuts noise waves within the tyre grooves for a quieter trip.


MaxContact 6

With the MaxContact 6, Continental’s experts have developed a high performance tyre to satisfy the demands of experienced drivers seeking the thrill of driving, even in everyday commuting, in models such as Ford Mustang, BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class. They expect a performance-driven tyre that excels in braking and handling in dry and wet conditions with strong grip and direct feedback from the road.

The extreme high grip requirements are met by a specifically designed Adaptive Grip Compound, which incorporates special adhesive polymers within the tyre’s compound, while six functional elements in the Multifunctional Tread optimise braking distances, handling and grip. A newly designed, adaptive Xtreme-Force ply material is made of polyester and woven into a solid fabric structure that reduces flexing during hard cornering and at high speeds to provide maximum control and better handling, while at lower speeds it retains its flexibility for a comfortable ride.


Aftermarket News



With the new WinterContact TS 860 S Continental is showcasing a winter tyre for sports and high-powered cars designed for dynamic driving. The WinterContact TS 860 S will be available in the replacement and original equipment market, with Continental intending to offer automakers their own customised versions with different handling properties at the highest level. The new tyre delivers top performance in terms of braking distances and handling on dry roads, as well as handling properties on snow. For the coming winter, the new WinterContact TS 860 S will be manufactured in 14 sizes. The line-up will include diameters from 18 to 21 inches, with approvals for speeds of up to 168 mph.

With the new WinterContact TS 860 S, Continental is responding to the many different needs of the manufacturers and drivers of high-performance cars. So when the tyre was being developed, the focus was above all on short braking distances and precision handling in the dry, as well as on top-class handling properties on snow. This winter specialist achieves its short braking distances by means of its “braking groove” – a wide groove running through the center of the tread, offering a large surface with which to build up grip. Stiff, broad shoulder blocks deliver maximum grip for a precision steering response, while the many tread grooves and traction sipes in the tread blocks make for good interlocking with snow, enabling dynamic driving even on typical wintry roads. For the replacement sector, Continental has prepared a compound that delivers high flexibility even in winter. On the original equipment front, Continental is intending to meet the specific and different needs of automakers such as Audi Sport GmbH, BMW M Gmbh, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche with customised rubber compounds in each case.

This new high-performance winter tyre takes up the baton from two top-performing models, the ContiWinterContact TS 830 P and the WinterContact TS 850 P, both of which scored top marks in a variety of tests conducted by car magazines. The two predecessor models were also very popular as original equipment. The TS 830 P, for example, brought in 104 manufacturer approvals, while the TS 850 P with its smaller model range drew almost 50 approvals. In advance of its market launch, the new WinterContact TS 860 S is already undergoing approvals testing with leading European automakers.


On the sidewall, the new winter tyre displays not only the product name and the many mandatory identification marks but also the stylised checkered flag from the U-UHP summer tyre SportContact 6, as well as the familiar snowflake motif that appears on the other winter tyres from Continental. The tyre passed the necessary tests for the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol that all approved winter tyres coming onto the market from this winter onward must bear. On the EU Tyre Label, the new winter tyre achieves a Group C rating for wet grip and, depending on the specification, a Group B, C or E rating for rolling resistance. In the noise rating, this very quiet tyre was awarded the two black bar symbol.

At the time of market launch, Continental will initially have 14 sizes available for 18 to 21-inch rims, six of which will feature SSR runflat technology and ContiSilent technology for particularly quiet running. The WinterContact TS 860 S will be available in widths of between 225 and 315 millimeters with aspect ratios of 60 to 30 percent and approved for speeds of up to 168 mph (speed index “W”).