Continental’s M2XPRO, a step into the future

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Continental’s M2XPRO, a step into the future

Technology is dependent on many components coming together at the same time, with the same precision. Dr. Marc Menzel, expert on wireless communication at Continental AG talked to www.drivingthenation.com about M2XPRO communications. Continental is developing a M2XPro sensor that can be combined with Continental’s intelligent antenna module for use in the V2X communications system.

According to Continental, “the new M2XPro (Motion information 2 X Provider) sensor uses an intelligent fusion algorithm to provide other control unit’s with a vehicle’s motion information together with a precise time base. The ability to determine the vehicle’s position precisely is essential, particularly for Car2X communication; to date, driving dynamics sensors or GPS have lacked sufficient precision and reliability, for example because the GPS connection was occasionally interrupted when crossing bridges or driving between high buildings. “Since the vehicle’s precise position is needed for all Car2X functions, the M2XPro has taken us an important step further in the development of Car2X systems,” said Dr. Peter Rieth, Head of Systems & Technology in Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division.”

Combining all of these precise technologies allows cars to talk to each other and to infrastructure. Currently, the M2XPRO is a concept, but by 2015, the M2XPro will have been developed to the point that the sensor can be used in the first Car2X systems.

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L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website www.carlist.com. Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website, www.drivingthenation.com, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.