Continental join hands with Cisco

Continental and Cisco will showcase a proof-of-concept connected vehicle.

This joint proof-of-concept connected vehicle is equipped with the highly secure and seamless network technology to meet the growing demands for connected vehicles.  Continental lays the foundation for added innovative automobile functions and benefits to passengers to make connectivity to the digital world outside a moving vehicle a highly secure, reliable and enjoyable experience.

Cisco enterprise-grade, seamless wireless network switching technology is highly secure and is designed to connect passengers to the right network based on their location on the road and their user preference.

Based on this initial proof of concept solution, Continental and Cisco are also planning to work together to develop innovative solutions that benefit from ubiquitous connectivity of moving vehicles.

The Cisco on-board software solution can seamlessly help in switching between 3G, 4G and other wireless networks based on cost and quality of service preferences.

Cisco provides one highly secure software gateway that delivers Cisco’s core networking capabilities and optimizes multiple communication links and mobility services to and from the vehicle. Security against cyber attacks will become more important as more connected functions are brought to vehicles.

Elmar Degenhart, CEO, Continental said, “At Continental we believe that the internet does not just come into the car, but that the car becomes a part of the internet. This opens up so many exciting opportunities for shaping the mobility of the future through innovation and creativity. We think the best way to unlock the opportunities of the connected vehicle is to look for collaborations, where we bring areas of expertise and allow breakthrough technology to be imagined, developed and brought to market.”

Guido Jouret, VP & general manager, Internet of Things group at Cisco said, “We are now seeing a glimpse of how the combination of automotive and networking expertise can help overcome challenges in next generation connectivity and security. We look forward to working with the automobile industry to unlock the tremendous value of connecting cars to the Internet of Everything.”

Ralf Lenninger, head of innovation and strategy, Continental’s Interior Division said,”Connected vehicles are opening up a vast field of opportunities for services to make driving safer, more efficient and more comfortable. This is why we are looking at ways to connect the moving vehicle in a highly secure, fast and reliable way.”

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