The brand new system was first launched in a vehicle manufactured by Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën Automobile (DPCA) in March 2013 and will later be rolled out to various car models. 

Shanghai/China, May 14, 2013. The international automotive supplier Continental has developed the new Multimedia Radio Navigation (MRN) System for the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group in China. The product was launched with the Dongfeng Citroën C4 L car model in March 2013 and will later be available in different vehicles. Based on Continental’s scalable Multimedia Platform concept, the MRN System is the first navigation solution of Continental, exclusively tailor-made for a Chinese vehicle manufacturer. The development was mainly done by experts in Shanghai and Singapore, thus marking an important milestone for the development activities in Asia. 

“In line with Continental’s “in the market – for the market” strategy, the launch of the Multimedia Radio Navigation System with the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group symbolizes our strong capability to develop competitive, unique and tailor-made products for the Asian markets“, comments Johann Hiebl, Head of Continental’s Business Unit Infotainment & Connectivity.

Touchscreen with Chinese handwriting recognition

The product integrates innovative technologies including a 7’’ high resolution touch screen for effective and convenient navigation guidance, featuring 3D junction view as well as Point Of Interest services. The touch screen allows hand-writing recognition of Chinese characters and pin-yin (Romanization of Chinese) to ease operation. For in-car entertainment, the system includes a DVD player and enables the seamless integration of auxiliary media devices via USB and iPod interfaces. Thanks to a double tuner with phase diversity algorithm the radio reception shows a high class performance. The Arkamys sound system is adapted to the acoustics of each car and offers premium sound quality. The user can set the system to a “driver only” or an “all passengers” configuration. In addition, the system can be connected to a wide range of mobile devices via Bluetooth, enabling hands-free telephony and music streaming.

The MRN is based on Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive operating system, a flexible and extendable software platform that enables the integration of new additional features over the entire lifetime of the vehicle.

“Nowadays, car buyers not only require the cars to be extremely safe and environmentally friendly, connectivity and attractive infotainment find their way onto more and more wish-lists. Following the vision “Always On” our products connect drivers and passengers to what matters to them, making their vehicles a true digital companion”, says Hiebl. 

With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has approximately 173,000 employees in 46 countries.

The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €7.0 billion in 2012, 34,500 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €6.1 billion in 2012, 31,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €6.4 billion in 2012, 33,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €19.5 billion in 2012. The Automotive Group is present in more than 170 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency. 

The Chassis & Safety Division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and -sensorics, washer systems and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard. The Powertrain Division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions and cockpit modules and systems.