CES 2016: Continental Will Unveil Hybrid Demo Car With Connected Energy Management

Posted: Dec 21 2015, 6:16am CST | by , Updated: Dec 21 2015, 9:41pm CST, in News | CES


CES 2016: Continental will Unveil Hybrid Demo Car with connected Energy Management
  • CES 2016: Continental automotive will showcase its connected Energy Management (cEM) demo vehicle!

The hybrid car is designed to save fuel and is equipped with a Continental 48 Volt Eco Drive system.

The cEM (Connected Energy Management) is a program by Continental international automotive supplier. The cEM consumes digital input in the form of dynamic data from the latest traffic situations.

Continental just announced it will showcase its innovative cEM demo vehicle for the first time at CES 2016. The cEM car is a hybrid fortified with the Continental 48 Volt Eco Drive system.

The cEM hybrid has been specially designed to save fuel to a great degree. The hybrid also contains the 1.2 liter TSI engine and has 12 volt stop-start function.

According to Continental the Eco Drive hybrid can save up to 21 % of fuel. The cEM on the other hand can save even 3 to 4 percent of fuel without touching the vehicle architecture. 

Dr. Oliver Maiwald is the Head of Technology & Innovations at the Continental. According to Maiwald the cEM analyzes the cloud data of current traffic situations. The cEM then suggests to the driver when it makes sense to step off the pedal.

cEM notifies the driver when if a traffic light is about to turn red. If the driver takes their foot off the accelerator the car automatically activates. The activation leads to a combination of engine-off coasting and regenerative braking. 

"Our connected Energy Management expands a hybrid's coasting and recuperation phases during which the combustion engine is switched off and decoupled from the drivetrain," said Dr. Oliver Maiwald, Head of Technology & Innovations at the Continental Powertrain Division.

"By analyzing cloud data of the current traffic situation, cEM suggests to the driver when it makes sense to step off the pedal. If you approach a traffic light that is about to turn red, cEM will notify you. If you take your foot off the accelerator, the car will automatically activate the optimum combination of engine-off coasting and regenerative braking."

The cEM has the ability to exploit the full potential of hybrid operating strategies. cEM combines cloud data and map data with onboard long-range radar data. 

"Typically, when you approach a red light, there will be a couple of cars stopped already," said Maiwald.

"When the radar picks up these cars, the cEM knows that your stop line is actually closer than the stop line of the light. Now, in order to harvest the most energy, the intelligent Traffic Light Assistant will activate coasting and recuperation a little earlier so you harvest more energy and save more fuel."

Another new cEM function will be showcased at CES 2016. It is called the Intelligent Deceleration Assistant. This new function offers guidance to the driver in a multitude of situations when the car's instantaneous speed eventually needs to be reduced.

"When you approach a speed limit zone, cEM will tell you in time to step off the accelerator. Your car will then automatically adapt its speed to the oncoming limit. Again, we seek to avoid using the wheel brakes because they waste energy," said Maiwald.

"Of course the driver can always choose to ignore the cEM recommendation. In that case the engine-off strategy will simply not be activated."

If the driver follows the cEM guidance, the resulting ride can be as smooth as the driving style, which professional chauffeurs are often trained to use – plus the fuel efficiency will be better.

The hybrid car with the cEM will debut at CES 2016. The CES 2016 will be organized by the CTA in Las Vegas, Nevada. The CES 2016 will last from the 6th to the 9th of January, 2016. 

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