By Edwig Ban
The international technology company Continental has presented this summer a technology that also contributes to traffic safety and comfort: the Door Control Unit. The functions that this control unit performs are multiple. First of all, it contributes to road safety by developing the electric motor to operate the windows, adjusting the brightness of the mirrors according to the traffic conditions and the intensity of the headlamps of the cars running behind the vehicle, opening or closing the glasses on the rear windows by voice control, dead point monitoring from rearview mirrors, centralized locking and warning lights.
The ambient lights inside the car depend also on this control unit. The exterior lights used for signaling, as well as the heating of the doors, adjusting and storing the position of the side mirrors, animation of the speakers, functions that contribute to the driver's comfort.
An important responsibility in the development of this product was given to business unit Body and Security, within the Interior Division, at the Research and Development Center Continental in Iasi. The engineers here coordinated the project and were responsible for the software, mechanical, hardware and system areas.
Another Continental location in Romania that contributed to this product is Sibiu. Engineers from Sibiu provided the prototyping, testing, design and launching part.
Recently, the Iaşi department has celebrated a very important goal: exceeding the threshold of 500 members of the Body and Security team. "The rapid growth of the department in the last years has been determined by the very good results obtained, by the large number of projects won and the expansion of the portfolio of activities in the Iasi location," said Dragos Bohotineanu, department manager.
The Interior Body and Security develop in Iasi electronics for smart lighting functions with LED technology for headlights and other modules for basic and comfort functions in the vehicle such as power closures electronics for the trunk, doors and hatches as well as other in-car functions for the world's leading carmakers.
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2016, Continental generated sales of €40.5 billion and currently employs more than 233,000 people in 56 countries.
Between 1999 and 2016, Continental invested about 1.2 billion euros in its activities in Romania. All five Continental divisions are represented in Romania. Continental has seven production units and four research and development centers in Timisoara, Sibiu, Carei, Nadab, Brasov and Iasi. Continental is a partner of a joint venture in Slatina and has a tire distribution center in Bucharest. Continental would have 18,200 employees at the end of 2016 and will increase its team with 1,500 new members this year in Romania.
In the Interior division, everything revolves around in-vehicle information management and beyond. The range of products for various vehicle categories includes instruments, multifunction displays, head-up displays, control devices, access and tire information systems, radios, infotainment and operating systems, climate control units, software and cockpits, telematics solutions and services, and intelligent transport systems. The Interior division employs more than 43,000 people worldwide and generated sales of €8.3 billion in 2016.