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VDO ViewGate: Making Vehicle Connectivity Visible

New VDO ViewGate gateway module integrates data sources in- and outside the vehicle

Hanover/Germany, September 23, 2008

Continental is making a further step to emphasize its claim of leadership in the integration of vehicle electronics and the design of innovative vehicle control units. At the 62nd IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover, the company is showing off the new VDO ViewGate product family. The modern, modular gateway line focuses on both enhancement of the driver’s comfort and safety and on management of an ever larger flow of information. This is achieved by integrating the most diverse internal and external data sources. Market introduction is scheduled for the beginning of 2009.

The components of the new product family can be smoothly integrated into the manufacturers' vehicle architecture but are also available as a retrofitting solution. The primary goal is to employ software-based applications to integrate and prioritize data from the entire vehicle environment and to present this data in a way that makes sense to the driver. The VDO ViewGate family was thus designed as a modular system, with individual modules developed for connectivity, communication and multimedia solutions. There is also a wide selection of control and display concepts.

The connectivity module is the heart of the system. It reads out and displays vehicle data such as speed, operating temperature, oil pressure or on-board voltage. This module is supplemented by a communications module that, if so desired, also establishes a connection to all Bluetooth devices. It can further be used as the central module for telematics applications and fleet management. A third module with USB port and SD card reader additionally ties in a large number of multimedia components.

This makes it possible to play audio or video files in the cockpit and to save important vehicle data on portable storage media. What is more, this multimedia module also allows for the integration of navigation systems or a rearview camera.

Extra interfaces are available for optimum vehicle integration, as are a host of visualization and control elements. To best suit their purposes, customers can pick between TFT screens of different sizes, a touch screen, a wide range of control buttons or a so-called turn and press controller. Despite the wide range of standard solutions vehicle manufacturers are still free to adapt the application software completely to their own particular preferences or to have VDO ViewGate specialists design a customized system. A flexible, freely programmable operating system provides the basis for doing this. The creation of customer-specific screens, layouts and add-ons thus poses no problem.

With this flexibility the product family can be of interest not only to commercial vehicle manufacturers but also to makers of special-purpose vehicles like agricultural and construction machines and generators as well as for other application fields.

 

With sales exceeding €24 billion in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 133,000 at nearly 190 locations in 35 countries.

The Automotive Group is one of the leading global automotive suppliers. With its three Divisions Chassis & Safety (5.1 billion €, 27,000 employees), Powertrain (4 billion €, 25,000 employees) and Interior (5.9 billion €, more than 30,000 employees) it achieved sales of approximately 15 billion € in 2008. The Automotive Group is present in more than 130 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which a car accommodates individual mobility and driving pleasure to driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.

Within the Continental Interior Division the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit accommodates the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle, special vehicle and aftermarket sector. A global network of sales and service companies ensures proximity to local customers. Covering the product brands Continental, VDO, ATE and Barum the Business Unit offers electronic products, systems and services for commercial and special vehicles, a broad selection of products for specialized workshops and spare parts for the Independent Aftermarket and the Original Equipment Services after end of series production of the vehicle manufacturer.

 

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