Continental Expands US Radar Sensor Capability

Continental hopes to boost its production of radar sensors for autonomous vehicle functions with the construction of a new plant in the US.

It announced the plans to build a factory New Braunfels, Texas, investing about €100M ($110M) during the next three years constructing a 656,168sq-ft site with production of radar sensors is planned to start in 2021. This could add another 130 new jobs in the region in addition to the 450 jobs already existing in development and production of driver assistance systems. To date, Continental produces radar sensors in Seguin, about 15 miles from New Braunfels.

Currently, several American carmakers use Continental’s radar sensors tailored specifically to the US market, such as blind-spot monitoring for passenger cars with trailers, which first went into series production in 2018 in the Dodge Ram 1500, are also based on radar sensors. Frank Jourdan, member of the Continental executive board responsible for the business area autonomous mobility and safety, said: “Over the next five years, we are planning further investments in the high triple-digit million Euro range in the areas of assisted and automated driving. The capacity expansion in New Braunfels is part of our growth strategy. Between 2015 and 2019, sales more than doubled and we can see good opportunities to expand our market position even further in the future.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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