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      October 28, 2021

      When Vehicles Surf the Internet: Continental Offers Tailor-Made Hardware and Software Solutions

      TechShow Around the World 2021

      • Continental delivers the world's first "Body High Performance Computer" including software
      • Comprehensive digitalization leads to a completely new architecture
      • The car is becoming part of the "Internet of Things": updated at any time, always connected

      Frankfurt, Germany, October 2021. Digitalization penetrates almost all areas of life and shapes the everyday lives of more and more people. Mobility is also being fundamentally changed by this megatrend. The automobile is becoming part of the Internet of Things (IoT). For years, Continental has played a leading role in this development, which is also a central driving force in the market: when vehicles are comprehensively connected in the future, when their functions can be optimized or expanded at any time via updates, when their features are significantly determined by software – then this requires a completely new architecture of vehicle electronics. At the TechShow, Continental will show the technologies required for this, such as high-performance computers, zone control units, intelligent antenna modules, 5G telematics units, cloud applications and tailor-made software packages. "Digitalization and connectivity are more important than ever,” says Jean-Francois Tarabbia, Head of the Continental business unit Connected Car Networking (CCN). “Continental has many years of experience and a unique system competence in these key disciplines. Already today, our hardware and software components in numerous vehicle series from different manufacturers are creating the technological basis for the vehicle as a hub in the Internet of Things.”

      High-performance computers are core elements of a server-based electronics architecture

      The new electrical/electronic architecture (E/E architecture) of the vehicle means a radical change: the computing power of more than a hundred individual control units is concentrated in a server-based architecture in a few central high-performance computers. With the In-Car Application Server 1 for Volkswagen's ID series, Continental is the world's first supplier to deliver such a component in large-scale production. This year and next, high-performance computers (HPCs), each with tailor-made software from Continental, will come onto the market in more than 20 new vehicle models. This will considerably reduce the complexity of the conventional structure of vehicle electronics. Above all, however, the vehicles are fully connected. This makes it possible to comprehensively update software through over-the-air updates or to add new functions. As a result, vehicles become safer, more efficient, and more individual over their entire usage cycle.

      Continental offers modular and scalable end-to-end solutions for connected vehicles. The E/E architecture will be structured even more clearly and tightly in the future: in a few powerful central computers as well as so-called zone control units that reliably ensure the execution and coordination of the vehicle functions. Continental’s developers are already working on the cross-domain high-performance computers required for this. They will form the core of the Continental Automotive Edge Framework, which also includes software packages, cloud platforms, services, and applications. This provides a flexible modular system in the cloud that can be used to integrate functions from different vehicle areas – from driver assistance to entertainment. For vehicle manufacturers, this solution means the greatest possible flexibility with minimal complexity. The new E/E architecture as well as the associated computing power and real-time connectivity are also the basis for future, highly automated driving functions.

      Continental with comprehensive expertise on the transformation of vehicle electronics

      The transformation of the vehicle into a component of the "Internet of Things" as well as the software-centric nature of future automobiles will not only change the technology and the product portfolio, but also make new business models and value streams possible. Continental has the experience, know-how and systems expertise to master the complex challenges posed by a completely new vehicle architecture in a coherent, efficient, and reliable manner.

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