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      Software Figures, Data and Facts

      Software expertise at Continental

      • To date, Continental has invested around 2 million working hours into software development.
      • Continental’s software powerhouse comprises 19,000 software and IT experts
      • By 2023, Continental will employ around 1,600 AI experts; this number is currently 1,000.
      • Continental currently already generates sales of around 4 billion euros with the development of high-performance computers.

      Software is the fuel of the automotive industry

      • Strong growth is expected in the area of automotive software: According to a Statista forecast from 2019, sales are expected to increase from $20 billion in 2020 to over $50billion in 2030.
      • While only ten percent of functions in a new car were controlled by software in 2013, it is expected that this will rise to 40 percent in 2023.

      Software on board

      • It is expected that the required computing power per car will increase by a factor of 50 in the period between 2015 and 2030 (from 100,000 –132,000 DMIPS to an estimated 2,000,000 DMIPS).
      • The average new car contains around 100,000,000 lines of code (as of: 2018).
      • 10 Gbit/s will be the new standard for Ethernet in cars (as of: 2019).
      • According to Continental, 20 or more antennas are installed in a networked vehicle (as of: 2019).
      • Time-critical information can be transferred between vehicles in less than 30 milliseconds in an LTE network (as of: 2019).
      • 5G, the next generation of mobile communications network technology, can process up to 10 gigabits of data per second and thus enables millions of cars to simultaneously communicate with one another.
      • 30 sensors are needed for fully automated and autonomous vehicles (18 sensors for semiautonomous driving) (as of: 2019).
      • ICAS1 contains approximately 20 million lines of code that map 70,000 hardware and software requirements; it was developed by 19 different parties.

      Continental’s supercomputer

      • Continental currently drives around 15,000 km per day with its fleet – generating around 100 terabytes of data (corresponding to around 50,000 hours of video material), which the supercomputer evaluates.  
      • Continental’s supercomputer enables virtual simulations totaling up to 8,000 km per hour.
      • Continental’s supercomputer is among the 500 most powerful computers in the world and is located in Frankfurt am Main.
      • Continental’s supercomputer comprises more than 400 graphics processors and conducts several billion computing operations per second.

      Agile software development

      • To date, software has been installed in a billion devices in 100 million vehicles worldwide.
      • Around 20 Continental teams at four locations in Europe and Asia are involved in the agile development of the cockpit high-performance computer. 70,000 automated tests are carried out and 250 software baselines are generated and automatically documented per week.

      Artificial intelligence at Continental

      • The code of ethics formulates ethics guidelines for Continental in the context of artificial intelligence.
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