Continental preps automotive edge server for January launch

August 02, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Continental preps automotive edge server for January launch
Continental is in series production with servers for over 20 vehicle models from various manufacturers scheduled for 2021 and 2022 with a modular edge server launch planned for CES in January

German automotive supplier Continental is planning to launch its modular automotive edge server technology at the CES consumer electronics show in January 2022.

The company, based in Hanover, already has over €5bn of orders for computer servers in over 20 vehicle models, starting with the In-Car Application Server 1 in Volkswagen’s ID.3 and ID.4 electric vehicles.

The Continental Automotive Edge Platform is the basis for the next generation of vehicle computers and will be shown at CES for the first time. The aim is to create an integrated hardware and software platform that allows functions from a wide range of vehicle areas, such as driving safety or entertainment, to be combined in a single platform.

“The development of vehicle electronics from distributed electric control units to server-based architectures involves much more than a technical evolution. We are in the midst of a comprehensive transformation of products, work and development processes as well as business models,” said Michael Huelsewies, Senior Vice President Architecture & Software at Continental. “With our Continental Automotive Edge Platform, we are therefore focusing on a consistent connection of vehicle functions and services to the cloud and an integrated development environment. Together with our partners and customers, we are thus also creating the basis for cross-domain high-performance computing.”

The development of cross-domain high-performance computers is about meeting the different requirements from the individual functional areas and enabling a holistic user experience. While infotainment in the vehicle cockpit focuses on user experience, connectivity and applications from consumer electronics, data management and vehicle connectivity are about mastering complexity and real-time requirements.

In contrast, driving safety and dynamics and automated driving systems focus on strict requirements for functional safety and latency-critical vehicle regulations in ISO26262 and ASIL-D.

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The Automotive Edge Platform consists of high-performance computers, software and cloud platforms as well as services and applications. This connects the vehicle with the cloud with a modular architecture that simplifies the development, provision, and maintenance of software-intensive system functions from the various areas of the vehicle.

This will enable software updates to add new functions over the entire service life of the vehicle through a development environment for software-intensive vehicle architectures that handles software, sensor and big data solutions in a fraction of the previous development time. This allows vehicle software to be quickly and securely developed, tested and installed directly on vehicles, which allows or guarantees safety and expandability in the vehicle of the future.

Continental also has a range of development kits to shorten the development cycles of vehicle systems and drive efficient product development. These components for centralized vehicle architectures act like a standardized and modular workbench, making it easier to develop and test functions. Using the cloud also enables scalable and efficient testing and simulation of vehicle functions. This ensures fast and harmonized development and integration of distributed services and applications and enables seamless operation in the software-defined vehicle.

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