Just like Bosch, Continental also presented a driver’s cabin at the Bauma. The cab includes a modular driver’s workplace, a camera system with 360-degree monitoring, and programmable instrumentation solutions.
Construction machines are real heavyweights – but they still have to be moved with millimeter precision, so optimally designed cabins are essential in the construction vehicle field, especially since they are the daily workplaces of many people. This is where the Continental solutions for vehicle electronics come to the fore. The international automotive supplier and tire manufacturer provides individually adaptable human-machine interfaces, just like Bosch.
Visitors of Bauma were able to experience part of the product portfolio close up: in the original cabin of a compaction roller at the Continental booth. The roller’s interior fittings include an ergonomically designed, modular driver’s workplace, a camera system with 360-degree monitoring, programmable instrumentation solutions, and electrical sun protection.
The driver’s workplace’s fitments can be adapted to match many applications and meet customer requirements. All switches are positioned within easy reach. Overhead switches can also be replaced by additional panels where required. A minimalist cabin style can be implemented, for example, or a premium version with cameras, multimedia applications, and displays such as the Multi Viu Professional12 instrument cluster. This programmable instrument cluster inlcudes a 12,3-inch color TFT display, a real-time 2D graphic display, and a video display. It presents relevant information of the driver’s machine as animated text, scales, bar graphs, or symbols.
A terminal can be additionally integrated into the system, which provides drivers with even more information. This means that building contractors can monitor and control all the functions of their machines. The 12,1-inch touchscreen display shows drivers additional information like geo data and camera data, enabling them to operate the air conditioning and media outputs. It is also possible to define driver-specific authorizations and various driving modes. Multi Viu High can be adapted to meet customers’ individual needs and can also be connected to the Isobus system. Due to numerous interfaces like CAN, audio, USB 2.0, and WLAN, the instrumentation platform can be integrated into a range of systems. The display can be operated with a rotary pushbutton fitted into the armrest.
Continental also presented the Pro Viu Mirror and Pro Viu ASL360 camera systems at Bauma. Pro Viu Mirror is an alternative to exterior mirrors. Two cameras are mounted on each side of the vehicle. Their recordings are transferred to two right and left displays. Compared to conventional exterior mirrors, this technology increases the visible area and maximizes driving safety.
The ProViu ASL360 panoramic camera surveillance system provides a complete exterior view of the vehicle from the cab. This reduces risks of collisions when maneuvering, and other road users or obstacles are detected every time. Several micro-cameras fitted on the outside of the vehicle capture the sides, the rear, and the front of construction machines and trucks in real-time, using an angle lens of 180°. An electronic control unit merges these camera images in such a way that the driver gets a bird’s eye view of his vehicle on a display in the cabin. The system – also available for retrofitting – can increase efficiency, since it speeds up maneuvering and reduces loading and unloading times, says the company.
Drivers can darken their windshields with a variable electric sun protection system by Continental. This not only increases driving safety, it also keeps the heat out of the cabin and takes the strain off the air conditioning. The “Intelligent Glass Control” darkening effect is achieved by special films applied to the glass. Electrical control signals then change the amount of light that the films allow through.
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