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The German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is to partner with Continental and establish a joint research lab at the DFKI facility in Kaiserslautern. Here, Continental employees will look at specific issues such as AI-supported methods of data analysis and software development. A statement describes this as research “in the ecosystem of DFKI labs”.

“The collaboration with DFKI is part of our strategy to strengthen Continental as a technology company by using artificial intelligence at all levels,” said Continental corporate technology officer Kurt Lehmann. “AI should support our employees in their work and provide them with new tools.” He added: “We are now working on the assumption that autonomous driving will not be possible without artificial intelligence technologies.”

Ongoing work at DFKI, said to be the world’s largest non-profit organization for AI research, includes the development of automated personal knowledge assistants to help configure workflows and provide relevant information, and the application of machine learning to create accurate forecasts for requirements for raw materials [pictured]. Professor Andreas Dengel, leader of the Smart Data and Knowledge Services research, said: “The main task is putting lean, decentralized and continuously learning organizations in a position to respond both flexibly and coherently.”

Continental reports that it is also working on AI-based tools for quality assurance and upgrading functions, and that it is to start large-scale production in 2020 of fifth-generation cameras with artificial neural networks, promising faster object recognition.

-Farah Alkhalisi