The new Continental cloud terminal offers maximum flexibility in the cockpit. Applications that used to be integrated directly in the head unit have now moved over to the cloud, where they are processed before being displayed on a powerful browser.
This ensures that the system is always up-to-date and that new functions can be added at any time. In addition, the terminal uses HTML5 technology and Java Script, which not only enables developers to create applications platform-independently, but also allows data to be displayed on various screens with different resolutions.
As a result, vehicle manufacturers can roll out the applications across different models and vehicle classes.
In addition, the system can be supplemented with new functions and micro-services even after the start of production and therefore be kept up-to-date at all times. Common Internet of Things solutions, including IBM Red Node, IFTTT (If This Then That) and others, as well as standard interfaces such as MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) or the REST (Representational State Transfer) interface are the basis for this.
The cloud terminal also acts as the driver’s digital assistant, analyzing the driver’s habits at different times of the day and week and, on this basis, automatically setting the entertainment program to play, the driver’s favorite radio station on the way to work in the morning. Other applications can be similarly optimized: Another convenient option: if the driver goes to the gym every Wednesday afternoon, the route to the gym is displayed automatically when the system is started.
Even the standard radio can be optimized in important ways through the addition of extra cloud services and artificial intelligence systems. Continental’s service unites multiple offerings in one crowdsourcing concept designed to make the radio an intelligent system. This means that drivers can view the schedule of any station at any given time and choose exactly the station they’re in the mood for. Also, stations can automatically switch to the driver´s favorite artist. The package is rounded off by the system’s ability to provide recommendations of other, specialized radio stations based on the driver’s listening habits.