Continental to Leverage Amazon Web Services for Software Development
Continental and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to work together on development cooperation, with the long-term goal of AWS serving as the preferred cloud provider for Continental Automotive Edge (CAEdge) – a modular hardware and software platform that connects the vehicle to the cloud.
CAEdge has a virtual workshop with many options for developing, delivering and maintaining software intensive system functions. This, says Continental, will allow drivers to integrate the functions they want throughout the life of their vehicles by downloading software updates.
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With the platform, Continental declares to strengthen its role in the development of architectures and software for vehicles. This will enable it to provide future automakers 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 time of the business. development needed before. As a result, vehicle software can be developed and tested more efficiently and securely and deployed directly to vehicles. The company notes that the CAEdge platform is already being tested in an automaker’s serial development and will be available to other customers at the end of 2021.
“Software is at the forefront of innovation in cars,” said Dirk Abendroth, Technical Director 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 we will continue to expand our leadership role in automotive software. “
In the first project, camera and radar data from a fleet of vehicles will be imported into the CAEdge platform and subsequently used for highly automated virtual driving simulations. With regard to the processing of this data in particular, Continental claims that the CAEdge platform provides a high-performance development environment that supports all stages of the development of highly automated and autonomous driving systems: from collection and processing of sensor data, including data management, training on models. and virtual simulations, to vehicle software updates. This, Continental says, means that individual development steps that previously took 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 by the scalable compute capacity offered by AWS, as well as machine learning. As a first step, Continental and AWS will train more than 1,000 of Continental’s 20,000 software and IT engineers in AWS cloud technologies, with a focus on machine learning.
“Continental provides the mobility experts and its in-depth understanding of the automotive industry, while AWS – as a leading cloud computing provider – brings with it access to the latest machine learning services and other innovative cloud services. Noted Bill Vass, vice president of engineering at AWS. “Drawing on the expertise of Continental and its customers, we are creating a development environment that will accelerate the development of highly automated and autonomous driving systems.”
Continental says that in the future, all developers and participating companies will work in a standardized and automated development environment with the same tools, testing procedures and guarantees. Customers will also benefit from AWS data centers and a network developed to protect their information, identities, applications and devices. In practice, this means that when car manufacturers develop new product solutions, only they will have access to the data and grant access rights to other companies, for example to Continental or another development partner. .