Continental announced that two of its vehicle-specific technologies have earned CES 2018 Innovation Awards. The Ac2ated Sound speakerless audio system was named an honoree in the “In-Vehicle Audio/Video” product category, and the Continental Air Supply (CAirS) was honored in the “Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies” category.
Continental’s Ac2ated Sound speakerless vehicle audio system provides a new 3D sound experience, according to the company. The innovative technology replaces conventional loudspeakers with a system based on actuators to create sound by exciting certain surfaces in the vehicle, just like the functional principle of string instruments. It exceeds consumer and customer expectations with its excellent acoustics and reduced system weight and spatial volume.
Electronically controlled air suspension systems are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to adjust their spring rate and damping characteristics to different requirements and driving conditions. Continental’s CAirS is an integrated air supply module that simplifies vehicle installation and conserves energy. To ease installation, the compressor, valve block, electronic control unit, and temperature and pressure sensors are all in one compact module. Its small size reduces weight by as much as 25 percent of conventional components and decreases vehicle energy consumption, which supports more sustainable and ecological mobility.
The products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.
“The CES Innovation Awards honor technologies showcasing design and engineering ingenuity at the highest level,” said Samir Salman, CEO of Continental, North America. “Continental is a proud award honoree for two technologies that exemplify our commitment to enhancing consumer experience and safety by engineering leading technologies.”
Continental’s Ac2ated Sound speakerless audio system and CAirS technologies will be displayed at CES 2018. The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the owner and producer of CES 2018. The convention has become known as the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and has been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. The show runs Jan. 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas.