Online platform automates software integration for networked vehicle architectures

Online platform automates software integration for networked vehicle architectures

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

With the Continental Cooperation Portal, car manufacturers and suppliers save time and money in vehicle development, reduce the effort for all parties involved and increase the quality of the software, Continental advertises. The company wants to offer a solution for the explosively growing share of software that car manufacturers must integrate into future vehicle generations. At the same time, Continental is taking over parts of the system integration and creating the prerequisites for the development of networked vehicles whose electronic architecture is focused on High Performance Computers (HPC) and replaces the classic, distributed ECU architecture.

Due to many manual processes and a lack of standardization, the process leading to integrated software has been extremely time-consuming up to now. After delivery, the applications were tested manually and possible errors were played back, whereupon the process started all over again – a method of working that is neither efficient nor up-to-date in modern vehicles, in which software from up to 50 suppliers is used. The Continental Cooperation Portal automates this ping-pong game with all software suppliers so that only error-free applications are transferred to the actual development system. In addition, the online platform reduces the need for correction loops and frees up capacity for implementing additional ECU functions.

Automated driving, increasingly complex infotainment applications and services in the cockpit, cloud services, shared mobility, networking on the Internet of Everything – these trends are currently revolutionizing the E/E architecture of vehicles. As a system integrator, software and hardware supplier, Continental is a pioneer of this upheaval. A milestone is the technology company’s HPC, which will serve as the InCar Application Server for the planned new VW ID. electric vehicles as an InCar Application Server. It provides a high level of connectivity which will allow new functions and safety updates to be installed via radio to keep the vehicle software up to date throughout its life cycle.

The Continental Cooperation Portal can be individually adapted for each software project. As documents such as protocols and manuals can also be stored on the portal, it becomes the central communication platform and allows all project participants access to all current information. Thanks to encrypted data transmission, it also offers a high level of security. The portal also enables Continental to apply the concepts of Continuous Integration and Delivery, which are common in agile software development, to vehicle development distributed across several development parties.


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