Together with Inmarsat, Continental is expanding its over-the-air updates portfolio to enable updates across the globe through geostationary satellite networks. The company claims that this will allow deploying worldwide update campaigns at the push of a button, bypassing the complexity of dealing with multiple mobile network operators.
Continental is expanding its over-the-air updates portfolio to enable updates of electronic control units across the entire vehicle from powertrain to infotainment systems. Together with Inmarsat, Continental will be able to deliver over-the-air updates across the globe through a single network. The growing number of connected vehicles worldwide are driving an increased frequency of updates that demand a scalable, global solution. Inmarsat operates multiple geostationary satellite constellations that provide a two-way data connection combined with a global broadcast capability to enable rapid, responsive and efficient over-the-air updates to vehicles everywhere. This will allow Continental’s customers to deploy worldwide update campaigns at the push of a button, bypassing the complexity of dealing with multiple mobile network operators. The cooperation between the companies will also enable vehicles to leverage intelligent routing over satellite and terrestrial wireless (mobile, WiFi) networks to achieve the best quality of service, least cost, and highest availability.
Thanks to a new gateway, state-of-the art telematics control units and an enhanced intelligent antenna module, Continental is taking significant steps toward the industry goal of full vehicle updates. The connection to the outside world is provided by a so called network access device developed by Continental. This can either be integrated into the intelligent antenna module or used as a standalone telematics unit. As intermediaries between the various network domains in a vehicle, the company claims that gateways are currently seeing strong market growth among numerous automotive manufacturers all over the world.