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Support for processes in agriculture technology

Continental (Germany) developed the Full Programmable Cluster (FPC), which makes it easier to control agricultural vehicles and machinery. With its high-definition color display and its Human Machine Interface Software toolchain, it offers farmers the information they need to control and use of machinery.

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MODERN AGRICULTURE FACES THE CHALLENGE of having to be efficient to be profitable. In the field of precision farming, i.e. systematic management of farmland, the trend is therefore towards automating agricultural machinery. New technologies and high-tech solutions are being used increasingly in agricultural vehicles and machinery in order to increase yields.

Continental develops electronic solutions, which supply information on work processes in the farming industry. One of the latest innovations is the FPC. The product presents the information in the form of widgets, texts, 2D and 3D graphics, animations, and videos.

It is also possible to prioritize displayed information according to the context. The 12-inch color display comes with a HD resolution in 8:3 format. Interfaces for CAN, LVDS, audio, Ethernet, USB and I/O are also possible to display information from any other components of the vehicle.

“With the Full Programmable Cluster we’ve created a product that offers our farming customers flexible solutions and can be tailored to their specific needs,” says Dr. Michael Ruf, Head of the Business Unit Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket at Continental. “The fully automated cluster acts as a man-machine interface. Operators can use the component to monitor the work process, to query information on the driver, vehicle, and working conditions, for example, and to intervene if necessary.”

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