Continental Launch ContiSys OBD: A Modern and Efficient Vehicle Diagnostic System
Birmingham, February 02, 2009
Continental, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, is drawing on its expertise in the original equipment area with the launch of the ContiSys OBD (On Board Diagnostic) hand held scanner. The system will be marketed under the VDO product brand and is released into the market in February.
The ContiSys OBD multilingual test device is lightweight and sturdy in design; and is operated via a clearly structured menu. It can be used to read the settings on many vehicle models and to verify the correct functioning or to adjust the settings on essential systems, from air bags and air conditioning units through to suspension controls and service gauges or even electronic parking brakes. Fault memories can be read out and deleted and actuators and sensors checked. Continental has stored over 20,000 manufacturer-specific trouble codes on the ContiSys OBD for this purpose. Optional software update service on the Internet as well as a repair hotline are provided.
Continental also offers the option of regular online updates for the fully Windows-compatible diagnostics software and vehicle interface. As in the case of ContiSys OBD, a repair hotline is also available.
With targeted annual sales of more than €26.4 billion for 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Today, the corporation employs approximately 150,000 at nearly 200 locations in 36 countries.
Supplying both OEMs and the aftermarket worldwide, the Interior Division of Continental AG develops and produces electronic systems which allow the information in a vehicle to be controlled and communicated according to the requirements of the driver and the driving situation. The Division achieves annual sales of more then € 6 billion (based on 2006 figures) with a workforce of more than 33,000 at present. The range of products includes instruments clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car entry systems, tire information systems, climate control systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, telematics solutions as well as cockpit modules and systems. The Interior Division develops vehicle electronics enabling car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication, Internet access and the seamless integration of mobile devices (car-to-device).
The focus on systems integration offers customers less complexity and ensures efficient and cost-effective solutions for the management of information in passenger cars as well as commercial and special vehicles.
With the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket (CV / AM) business unit, Continental caters to the specific requirements of those sectors. Covering the brands Continental, VDO, and ATE, the business unit offers electronic products, systems, and services. Its spectrum of products for commercial and special vehicles includes tachographs, control systems for drive and onboard electronics, components for human-machine-interface such as instrumentation, panels and cockpit solutions, onboard toll units, and telematics units for public transit. Its offerings for the independent parts trade and non-affiliated workshops range from fuel systems and components for windshield and headlight cleaning systems to replacement parts for brakes and diagnostic instruments. CV / AM is also responsible for supplying replacement parts after a series is discontinued by the vehicle manufacturer. A global network of marketing and service companies completes the unit’s range.