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Continental and IBM Enter Connected Vehicle Collaboration



          Continental and IBM Enter Connected Vehicle Collaboration

-- Strong partners from the IT industry indispensable to intelligent mobility
of the future

-- IBM provides expertise in the processing and analysis of large data volumes

-- Collaboration draws on Big Data expertise for cloud-based 'fully connected'
vehicle services

PR Newswire

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Sept. 10, 2013

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Frankfurt
IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) International Motor Show, the
international automotive supplier Continental and IBM (NYSE: IBM), one of the
world's leading technology companies, announced a collaboration agreement that
will see the companies jointly develop fully-connected mobile vehicle
solutions for car manufacturers around the world.

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"We are strongly convinced: Step by step development of future mobility is
highly complex and requires strong partnerships with global IT industry
players. With IBM, we now have one of the world's technology leaders at our
side, and together we can deliver highly secure, robust fully connected
vehicle solutions for all our customers worldwide," stated Dr. Elmar
Degenhart, Chairman of the Executive Board at Continental.

"IBM is an industry leader in Big Data and Cloud Computing. Further, it
possesses the necessary deep analytics expertise to process and analyze vast
quantities of data and make subsequent predictions at high frequency and
velocity. IBM's experience in cloud enabled platforms and embedded systems
development capabilities, combined with our systems expertise in automotive
electronics, create the foundation for a new generation of intelligent
networked vehicles," explained Degenhart.

Central to the agreement is development of a highly scalable cloud platform
that will enable automotive manufacturers to deliver a range of new mobile
in-car services. It will enable software updates and vehicle control device
functionality to be delivered over the Internet, removing costly and
inconvenient workshop visits. Giving automobile manufacturers the opportunity
to offer their customers a vast array of new features, this solution may
equally prove beneficial in other industries such as public transportation,
insurance and retailing.

Dirk Wollschlager, General Manager Global Automotive Industry, IBM said:
"Realization of the fully connected vehicle requires technology expertise
across Big Data, embedded intelligence and the ability to deliver services
over a highly scalable cloud platform. As innovators in our respective fields,
Continental and IBM will accelerate the convergence of automotive and IT
industries, enabling car manufacturers to integrate multimedia mobile services
personalized in-car experience, infotainment and traffic flow management to
the realization of a truly connected car."

"Today's car owners are completely rethinking their mobility needs and expect
their vehicles to deliver the same capabilities and conveniences as other
smart devices. This means drivers are not only looking for quality, safe,
reliable performance, but also see the motor car as a highly personalized
extension of their daily and digitally connected lives," stated Wollschlager.

"In coming years, three strategic innovation forces will advance automotive
industry megatrends, on the one hand vehicle automation, on the other hand
reduced emission, fuel-efficient driving or, vehicle electrification and
finally connectivity," explained Degenhart. "The emerging digital world
provides powerful stimulus to each of these megatrends. The vehicle will not
just be connected to the Internet, it will become part of it. Networked,
intelligent mobility opens up enormous potential for innovation and will
enable several new functions for drivers. These include cloud-based voice
recognition, real-time traffic flow data exchange and anticipatory driving
based on online and navigation data. All in all, cars of the future will
become even safer and more efficient."

Anticipatory driving will be enhanced by Continental and IBM through the
development of a next generation 'electronic horizon' platform, which will
ultimately make highly automated driving a reality. Vehicles with embedded
sensors will not only receive data, they will also transmit information such
as position, speed or deceleration to the Cloud where data will be processed,
analyzed and acted upon. The result will be a real-time map that will enable a
vehicle to literally 'look around the corner'.

With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading
automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems, and
components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment
solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental
contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection.
Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication.
Continental currently has approximately 175,000 employees in 46 countries.

Contact:
Vincent Charles               Sebastian Fillenberg
Spokesman Innovation &        External Communications
Technology 
Continental AG                Continental / Interior Division
Phone: +49 511 938-1622       Phone: +49 6196 87-3709
vincent.charles@conti.de      sebastian.fillenberg@continental-corporation.com
Sara Delekta Galligan         Annette Fassnacht
IBM Media Relations           IBM Media Relations, Germany
+1 917 868-4502               Mobile: +49 160 90105052
sdelekta@us.ibm.com           annettefassnacht@de.ibm.com  

Links

To learn more about IBM and the automotive industry, visit:
http://www.ibm.com/industries/automotive or follow @IBMTransport

For more information about IBM at IAA, go to:
http://www.ibm.com/de/events/iaa

Continental online press portal:
http://www.continental-presse.de

For more information about Continental at IAA, go to:
http://www.continental-corporation.com/iaa

SOURCE IBM

Website: http://www.ibm.com
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