Continental and Horizon Robotics Joint Venture Accelerates the Commercialization of Automotive AI Technology

Oct 1, 2021

  • Continental and Horizon Robotics signed agreement to establish a Joint Venture (JV), which will be located in Shanghai, China
  • Continental brings its system know-how for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD) plus its global reach and manufacturing strength to the JV
  • Horizon Robotics continues to focus on Artificial Intelligence processors and algorithms for intelligent driving

Lindau (Germany)/Shanghai/(China), September 29, 2021 – Technology company Continental and global leader in edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) computing platforms Horizon Robotics today signed agreement to formally establish a JV, which will focus on providing hardware and software integrated solutions for ADAS and AD. They also signed an investment agreement with Shanghai Jiading Industrial Zone and confirmed that the new JV will be located in Jiading District.

Majority-owned by Continental, the JV is expected to initially recruit around 200 employees. Intelligent driving, facilitated by ADAS and AD capabilities, is a field with tremendous market growth potential and where development speed is essential. The JV between Continental and Horizon Robotics is therefore designed to accelerate the development and to commercialize automotive AI technology.

Continental and Horizon Robotics have enjoyed a partnership for several years, which had led first to a signing of a cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in early 2020. Following months of intensified cooperation thereafter, the two companies inked another MoU at this year’s Auto Shanghai with the intention to form the JV.

Under the latest official agreement, the JV aims to integrate Horizon Robotics’ processors and algorithms with Continental’s smart cameras and its control units for ADAS and AD. With such expanded global reach and manufacturing footprint, Horizon Robotics will be able to go beyond the China market and meet global demands for its technology. Up to now, some Chinese car manufacturers have expressed intention to corporate with the newly formed JV for mass production.

At today’s signing event, the JV also inked an MoU for cooperation with global automotive software leader Elektrobit, with the intention to better facilitate the development and mass production of local autonomous driving-associated products. Elektrobit will provide reliable software products and solutions of underlying standardized vehicle infrastructures, whereas the JV will focus on developing differentiated features and innovations.

“We highly respect the focus and speed with which our partner Horizon Robotics is driving forward automotive AI technology. This approach to innovation is what the market needs. By forming a Joint Venture with our new partner, we can leverage a powerful combination of cutting-edge AI technology and the longstanding manufacturing and quality process expertise with best-in-class and affordable products”, said Frank Petznick, head of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business unit at Continental.

“The automobile industry has fully entered the intelligent stage. Being in the center of the stage, we believe that only by embracing new ideas and with an innovative mentality can we seize the opportunity of this industrial transformation”, said Kai Yu, founder and CEO of Horizon Robotics. “Although with a century-long history, Continental has been a global leader in the innovation and advancement of the automotive industry. As an edge AI leader, Horizon Robotics possesses deep knowledge, sophisticated technology and unparalleled local market service. I’m confident that our joint venture will create a groundbreaking cooperation model. We look forward to joining hands and working hard to push forward the industrialization of intelligent car across the world.”

ABOUT CONTINENTAL

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion and currently employs around 193,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Horizon Robotics is a global leader in automotive-grade edge AI computing platforms for intelligent vehicles and was the first Chinese company to commercialize autonomous driving processors. The company's mission is "to make life safer and better through edge-AI computing" with a vision to empower every vehicle with its AI computing platform.

ABOUT HORIZON ROBOTICS

Horizon Robotics is a global leader in automotive-grade edge AI computing platforms for intelligent vehicles and was the only Chinese company to commercialize autonomous driving processors. Founded in Beijing in 2015, Horizon Robotics develops next-generation technology for smart vehicles by integrating hardware and software, including its proprietary edge AI processors, algorithms and development toolkits. Horizon's solutions power advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous driving and intelligent in-cabin AI applications.

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