Continental Showcases First Cross-Domain HPC in Production Car

Continental Showcases First Cross-Domain HPC in Production Car

The software-defined-vehicle technology car utilizes Continental’s cloud-based Continental Automotive Edge Framework (CAEdge).

Continental announced it has implemented a cross-domain High-Performance Computer (HPC) in a car. Hosting cockpit and additional vehicle functions, such as driving safety and automated parking, including holistic motion control in a real-life vehicle application was made possible. Serving as a showcase for what the development of software-defined vehicles (SDVs) can look like for automotive engineers, the SDV technology car utilizes Continental’s cloud-based Continental Automotive Edge Framework (CAEdge), which connects the vehicle to the cloud and features a virtual workbench to simplify and accelerate development, supply, and maintenance of software-intensive system functions. The implementation was leveraged by the Snapdragon Ride™ Flex System-on-Chip (SoC) with pre-integrated Snapdragon Ride Vision perception stack from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. the company said.

“With the SDV technology car, we are able to demonstrate Continental’s ecosystem: from road to cloud, from virtual to real,” said Seyed Hajimirza, Head of Research and Advanced Engineering North America, Continental Automotive. “As the first development partners for vehicle manufacturers in the world, we are proud of how we have moved beyond concepts and can showcase the capabilities and challenges of the convergence of automotive domains in a tangible software-defined vehicle.”

Diverse portfolio of functions and development expertise all in one car

The different technologies used include automated parking functions with holistic motion control, ultrasonic sensors, an integrated brake system, and surround view cameras.

“The goal is not only to show how well functions work, but to validate how well multiple technologies can be integrated and work alongside each other in HPC-based vehicle architectures within a software-defined vehicle,” explained David Muscat, segment chief engineer, architecture and networking business area, Continental North America. “This is a crucial step to convince the market that the goal to combine several control units in one HPC is not just feasible but can also render the cost benefits we want to achieve.”

One key element for the implementation of the very first cross-domain HPC in a real car is the Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC, the automotive industry’s first family of SoCs that supports multi-modal critical workloads on a single chip. The Flex SoC is designed for optimized cost, power and performance, Continental said.

“The concept of the software-defined vehicle relies heavily on high-performance hardware that can handle the amount of data,” said Muscat. “Qualcomm Technologies is a strong technical collaborator of Continental who shares our ambitious approach to bring the software-defined vehicle onto the road.”

“The evolution of in-vehicle automotive infrastructures has reached a critical point as both data and the compute power needed to process it are rapidly expanding. The Flex SoC addresses this shift as the ideal compute solution for software-defined vehicles, offering an integrated, open and scalable architecture for next generation vehicles that is cost-effective and scalable across all vehicle tiers,” said Anshuman Saxena, VP, product management, ADAS, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We’re excited to continue the momentum of the Flex SoC through our work with Continental.”

CAEdge provides cloud-based environment for efficient software development

The show car’s software architecture has been developed using Continental’s own cloud-based development platform for the software-defined vehicle, the company said. It connects the vehicle to the cloud and features a virtual workbench to simplify and accelerate development, supply, and maintenance of software-intensive system functions. This offers automotive software engineers the opportunity to test software on a virtual HPC before deploying onto the physical hardware and to fix software-related issues by debugging software directly in the cloud.

You May Also Like

Forvia Hella Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Founded in June of 1899, Forvia Hella is now a global automotive supplier with approximately 37,500 employees at over 125 locations worldwide.

Founded in June of 1899, Forvia Hella is marking 125 years in business. The German company began as a specialized manufacturer of lamps, lanterns and ball horns for carriages, bicycles and the first automobiles. Today, it is a global automotive supplier with approximately 37,500 employees at over 125 locations worldwide, the company said.

Asahi Kasei Achieves Electrolyte Technological Breakthrough

The company said it successfully achieved proof of concept for lithium-ion batteries with improved power output and service life.

Asahi-Kasei-Achieves-Electrolyte-Technological-Breakthrough
DENSO Announces ‘MobiQ’ for the Automotive Aftermarket

The new brand delivers smart, green mobility solutions, Denso said.

DENSO Announces 'MobiQ' for the Automotive Aftermarket
DENSO to Demo V2X Technologies at ITS America

Denso said its V2X technologies can contribute to greener, safer and more seamless transportation systems.

DENSO to Demo V2X Technologies at ITS America
Mobility as a Service and the Impact on the Aftermarket

MaaS stands to disrupt and transform how we think of transportation in the coming years.

mobility-as-a-service-aftermarket

Other Posts

Goodyear Belts’ Tara Cevallos Named OAC Chair

Cevallos is a second-generation member of the Overseas Automotive Council, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

Litens Names Ana Lopez Product Application Manager

Lopez has nearly 25 years of experience in the aftermarket industry, and more than a decade focused on product management, according to Litens.

Litens Names Ana Lopez Product Application Manager
Lucas Oil Facilities Recertified for ISO 9001:2015

The Quality Management Systems certification was conducted by PRI Registrar Performance Review Institute and included both production facilities in Corydon.

Lucas Oil Certification
Women at the Wheel: Rebecca Conway

Conway is vice president, U.S./Canada Aftermarket Marketing at Clarios.

WATW_Women at the Wheel-Rebecca Conway