Continental Teams Up with IBM in Automated Driving

Continental Teams Up with IBM in Automated Driving

Continental and IBM "want to jointly develop mobile connected vehicle solutions for automakers around the world," said the German group's chief executive Elmar Degenhart.

FRANKFURT - German auto parts maker Continental (IW 1000/102) announced Tuesday that it is teaming up with IBM (IW 500/10) to develop systems that will eventually enable cars to drive by themselves.

Continental and IBM "want to jointly develop mobile connected vehicle solutions for automakers around the world," the German group's chief executive Elmar Degenhart told reporters on the sidelines of the IAA auto show which opens here this week.

The technology was aimed ultimately at "making automated driving a reality," he said.

There has been speculation in recent weeks that Continental was mulling cooperation with Google, which has long been working on driverless cars.

But Degenhart refused to be drawn into commenting on the rumors.

"We're in touch with many companies," he said.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

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