German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visits Continental Automotive India
German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel was recently in India for a three-day state visit. Along with a German delegation, she visited Continental Automotive India’s Gurugram facility to take a tour of the German company’s research and development facilities and understand how Continental is contributing towards safety and technological developments in India.
Continental’s Gurugram plant is dedicated for production of brake systems, which contribute to ‘Vision Zero’ that aims to achieve zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero crashes. The products include hydraulic and electronic brake systems for passenger cars and two-wheelers. The facility also houses an R&D lab that caters to global and regional R&D requirements for Continental’s brake systems business. The delegation toured the production area of both hydraulic and electronic brake systems’ and interacted with the operations associates.
Commenting on the German Chancellor’s plant visit, Prashanth Doreswamy, Country Head, Continental India said, “It was a great opportunity for Continental India to showcase some of our key technologies, reaffirm our commitment to localization, and equally important, highlight our engineering capabilities to the Chancellor.”
The delegation was also briefed regarding Continental India’s in-house R&D center named Technical Center India (TCI). The center employees over 4000 engineers, who work on global projects. The center also houses the largest pool of engineers working on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), including autonomous driving technologies. Interestingly, at the recently concluded IAA 2019 Frankfurt, Federal Chancellor Dr. Merkel was one of the high-profile visitors who took a ride in the driverless Robo-Taxi, CUbE, demonstrated by Continental together with the French company EasyMile (Continental is a shareholder of EasyMile since 2017), TCI contributes significantly towards this, specifically on Camera, Radar and Lidar technologies.