Continental AG, and safety, in China

Dr. Ralph Cramer, President, Continental AG's Chassis and Safety Department, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, at the 2013 Shanghai auto show. Around 1997, Continental AG sold the first anti-lock brake system (ABS) in China. Sixteen years later they have 18 locations (some with research and development arms) and eight [...]

Tesla talks to Google, Audi puts a Vulcan grip on Mercedes with a fascinating self-parking car

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, about tesla talking to Google about autonomous vehicles, and Audi's car commercial that star Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. Google was the first autonomous vehicle to get a license to drive their autonomous vehicles in Nevada, Audi was the [...]

2013 Shanghai auto show on the John Batchelor radio show

Host John Batchelor talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about the 2013 Shanghai auto show. Batchelor had heard that Great Wall Motors, the largest SUV maker in China, would be the first Chinese automaker to enter the United States in volume. The key word is in volume. BYD's Chairman Wang says they will start [...]

Continental’s urban safety curbside detection

Alzenau, Germany - I was at the Department of Motor Vehicles the other day and a little 16-year old girl was practically in tears. Clearly, she had failed her driving test. Her Father, was gently questioning what happened, "I don't know, Dad, I thought I left enough room, but I hit the curb." [...]

Car concept technologies from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

Bosch electricity storage unit In 2012 Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York and left thousands without electricity. South Korea has had to shut down a couple of nuclear plants for safety checks, which could bring rolling blackouts. It only takes a couple of hours without electricity to realize how dependent you are. Im so glad I [...]

2013 Detroit auto show with Warren Brown and John Batchelor

Sales in the United States are going strong with projections of over 15 million unit's to be sold in 2013 by both J.D. Power and Polk. But Europe is struggling. We have heard that Spain and Italy are in trouble, that Russia has lost it's footing, but now automobile executives are openly talking about Germany [...]

The Next Generation of Car Technology on WSJ live digits

The Detroit Auto Show is unveiling several cutting-edge car technologies, including making the car your co-pilot. CEO Lou Ann Hammond joins digit's from the Detroit Auto Show. Photo: Continental Automotive &

The world, and the auto industry, revolve around apps at the 2013 CES

Las Vegas, NV - 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is more than just stereos and computer games. The auto industry and their suppliers are displaying technologies for energy efficiency in the home and the car, and infrastructure connected to the grid. Car companies are embracing app developers, going to their hackathon convention to look for new [...]

Continental’s R&D for ADAS

So much of the technology we see is years away from being on the market, but not at the Continental technology event, we attended Frankfurt, Germany. Continental Wolfgang Fey is the director of research & development for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Fey talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Which technologies from the [...]

Continental’s Emergency steer assist concept

Bernd Hartmann is the Chassis Systems Advanced Engineering manager for Continental Chassis & Safety Division. Hartmann took Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, for a ride on Continental proving grounds in Frankfurt, Germany to show us what Emergency Steer Assist is. The initial development stage is expected to reach production readiness in two to [...]