and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will work on the development cooperation - the
goal of the long-term collaboration with AWS serving as the preferred cloud
provider –where Continental Automotive Edge (CAEdge), a modular hardware and
software platform that connects the vehicle to the cloud and features a virtual
workbench offering numerous options to develop, supply and maintain
software-intensive system functions. This will allow drivers to integrate the
functions they want going forward during the entire service life of their
vehicle by downloading quick and convenient software updates.
platform, Continental is strengthening its leading role in developing
state-of-the-art vehicle architectures and software. It will provide future
vehicle manufacturers and partners with a development environment for
software-intensive vehicle architecture that they can use to implement
software, sensor and big data solutions in a fraction of the development time
needed before. As a result, the vehicle software can be developed and tested
more efficiently and securely and rolled out directly to vehicles. To bring the
Continental CAEdge platform to market, more than 1,000 Continental developers
will exploit the full potential offered by the latest technologies, backed by
the support of AWS. The CAEdge platform is already being tested in an automotive
manufacturer’s series development and will be available to other customers
beginning at the end of 2021.
is at the forefront of innovation in cars,” explains Dirk Abendroth, CTO at
Continental Automotive. “With our CAEdge platform, we are establishing a new
approach to developing vehicle architectures and software in the automotive
industry. We have found a strong collaborator in AWS to help us accomplish this
task and will continue to expand our leading role in the field of automotive
software,” Abendroth continues.
the scope of the first project, camera and radar data of a vehicle fleet will
be imported into the CAEdge platform and subsequently used for virtual
simulations of highly automated driving.
comes to processing these vast amounts of data in particular, the CAEdge
platform offers a high-performance development environment that supports all
steps in the development of highly automated and autonomous driving systems:
from sensor data collection and processing, through data management, model
training and virtual simulations to vehicle software updates. This means that
individual development steps that used to take several weeks due to the work
involved in transferring data and training algorithms can now be completed in
just a few hours. This is made possible via the scalable computing capacity
offered by AWS, as well as machine learning.
is providing the mobility experts and its in-depth understanding of the
automotive sector, while AWS – as the leading provider of cloud computing – is
bringing with it access to the latest machine learning and other innovative
cloud services. Backed by the expertise of Continental and its customers, we
are creating a development environment that will speed up the development of highly
automated and autonomous driving systems,” says Bill Vass, Vice President of
Engineering at AWS.
Continental platform, going forward all developers and participating companies
will work in a standardized and automated development environment with the same
tools, testing procedures and safeguards. Customers will additionally benefit
from AWS data centers and a network that was developed to protect their
information, identities, applications and devices. AWS provides a basis to meet
today’s most pressing security and compliance requirements such as data
localization, protection and confidentiality. In practice, this means that when
an automotive manufacturer develops a new product solution, only they will have
access to the data and can grant access rights to other companies, for example
to Continental or to another development partner.