Continental and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) have agreed to enter into a partnership to focus on improving internal processes and on the mobility of the future. DFKI is one of the world’s largest non-profit organization for researching artificial intelligence (AI).
As part of the collaboration, the Forschungslabor Intelligente Technologien, FIT for short (research lab for intelligent technologies), will be established at the DFKI location in Kaiserslautern. Here, in the ecosystem of DFKI labs, Continental employees will research the fundamentals of AI technology and address specific problems. This will include researching AI-supported methods of data analysis and software development.The company is also working on developing AI-based tools for quality assurance and upgrading functions.
The company views AI as an important pillar of future mobility there is increasing its involvement with this technology. It employs AI in its product development and in 2020 it has plans to produce neural networks– which consist of adaptive mathematical units that can process and execute complex functions.– on a larger scale with its fifth generation cameras for faster object recognition.
The company in 2015 had set up a central AI predevelopment department to coordinate the various AI research activities. The technology company is collaborating with NVIDIA, Baidu and many other research institutes in this field, including the University of Oxford, the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India).
In Budapest, Hungary, the Continental Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business unit opened a center of excellence for deep machine learning in May 2018. By the end of 2018, the technology company will employ around 400 engineers worldwide with specific AI expertise and is looking for further talented people for product and process development in artificial intelligence.