The head of German supplier Continental's interior division, Helmut Matschi, says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful in the future suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies. He was interviewed by Henning Krogh, a reporter at Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.
How important is autonomous driving to Continental?
Very important. That is why we are following a long-term plan and are working on three major issues in the interior division: first, even better networking; second, more comprehensive system integration; and third, we need a holistic interaction plan. Continental has a clear commitment to this portfolio.
A number of automakers already offer technology that takes over or assists in braking and steering. When will fully automated driving go into regular production?
We can easily imagine the first technical step of partially automated driving on the road in 2016. The transition from highly automated to fully automated driving will only take place much later -- when responsibility will at times be transferred to the automobile. Here we assume 2020 to 2025 as the time frame.