Continental reports progress in the development of server-based vehicle architectures

July 28, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Continental reports progress in the development of server-based vehicle architectures
Following the start of production of the in-car application Server 1 in Volkswagen's ID.3 and ID.4 electric vehicles, Continental has series start-ups of domain-specific high-performance computers for over 20 more vehicle models from various manufacturers and brands scheduled for 2021 and 2022 alone. Now the company provides a glimpse on its future plans.

The electronics supplier from Hanover reports total orders for high-performance computers for vehicle cockpits, data management and vehicle networking, driving safety and dynamics as well as automated driving worth around €5 billion. The company has also already set the course for the future of the software-defined and fully networked vehicle: The next generation of vehicle central computers is already being developed on the basis of the Continental Automotive Edge platform. In doing so, the company is relying on a cross-domain approach. The goal is a hardware and software platform that allows the integration of functions from the most diverse vehicle areas such as driving safety or entertainment. The technology company's goal: to offer car manufacturers the greatest possible flexibility and modularity for designing vehicle architectures with minimal complexity.

"The evolution of vehicle electronics from distributed ECUs to server-based architectures involves much more than a technical evolution," explains Michael Hülsewies, Senior Vice President Architecture & Software at Continental. The manager sees the automotive industry in the middle of a comprehensive transformation of products, work and development processes as well as business models. "With our Continental Automotive Edge Platform, we are therefore focusing on the end-to-end connection of vehicle functions and services to the cloud and an integrated development environment."

An important goal of the company in the development of cross-domain high-performance computers is to fulfil the different requirements from the individual functional areas and to enable a holistic user experience. While infotainment in the vehicle cockpit focuses on user experience, networking and applications from consumer electronics, data management and vehicle networking are about mastering complexity and real-time requirements. In driving safety and dynamics and automated driving, on the other hand, the focus is on strict requirements for functional safety and latency-critical vehicle controls.

This is where the so-called Continental Automotive Edge Platform

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