While many components on autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being made for the first time, Tier 1 automotive supplier Continental is focusing on existing auto parts that can be adopted for AV use.

“The technological building blocks that enable robo-taxis originate from high-volume car production and have been adapted for this new type of mobility,” says Jeremy McClain, director of Systems & Technology, Continental North America. “While driverless vehicles are by their very nature revolutionary, the process will take place in evolutionary steps, in this instance drawing on the wide array of high-performance products and solutions from Continental.”

Continental’s MK C1 one-box brake system, in series production on traditional vehicles since 2016, combines anti-lock braking systems (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), and a brake booster. In AVs, the one-box brake system adds a hydraulic brake extension (HBE) that can safely stop the vehicle if primary brakes fail. The MK C1 HAD brake system for highly automated driving and driverless mobility applications can bring a vehicle to a full stop faster than vehicles with conventional brake systems.

Many robo-taxi prototypes are variations on high-roofed vans or buses, vehicles with a higher center of gravity than traditional cars. Predicted ESC systems must be programmed for that vehicle shape to ensure safe operation.

Continental Corp. USA