The judging panel for the “Journey to Automation” award presented by the European Rubber Journal (ERJ) has named Continental the Overall Winner in the award’s six categories and winner of the prestigious Tyre Technology Award. The UK-based trade journal, honoured Continental for its Conti C.A.R.E. tyre concept for future electric mobility solutions.
Conti C.A.R.E. (Connected. Autonomous. Reliable. Electrification.) is a wheel/tyre concept which, with its Cloud-based connectivity, offers fleet operators a particularly efficient means of mobility management. Fleets of autonomous electric taxis are a case in point, playing a key role in many concepts for the environmentally compatible mobility of the future.
The judging panel praised Continental for its successful blend of innovation, IT and inspired engineering. The project was also commended for embracing “a proactive approach to meeting OEM requirements with technology-leverages that should have significant impacts on the wider automotive industry,” writes the ERJ. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony in mid-September.
Conti C.A.R.E. tyres feature sensors built into the structure of the tyre and connected to the Cloud. These sensors generate and constantly evaluate data on tread depth, possible damage, tyre temperature and tyre pressure. Known as ContiSense, this control system transmits data to the Cloud in real time. Using this data, the ContiConnect Live IT tool facilitates efficient mobility management for fleet operators. At the same time, passengers enjoy a very comfortable ride, as with Continental’s SilentWheel concept the wheel rim reduces the vibrations generated while driving.
The judging panel also commended the notion of actively adjusting the tyre pressure by means of centrifugal pumps built into the wheel. As the vehicle accelerates, the centrifugal forces within the wheel act on the pump to generate compressed air. This PressureProof technology keeps the tyre pressure constantly within the ideal range and helps achieve a sustainable drop in CO2 emissions. Any excess compressed air is stored in an integrated tank. PressureBoost technology uses this air to rapidly adapt the tyre pressures to various driving scenarios. As a result, autonomous electric taxis can increase their tyre pressure to carry heavier loads and act as cargo carriers outside peak periods.