Continental Tech Talk: The Automotive Software
Commercial Vehicle|November 2021
ON THE SIDELINES OF AUTO SHANGHAI 2021, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE HELD A VIRTUAL TECH TALK. ASHISH BHATIA BRINGS OUT THE FOCUS ON AUTOMOTIVE SOFTWARE TOUCHED UPON IN THE SESSION.
ASHISH BHATIA

On the sidelines of Auto Shanghai 2021, Continental held a virtual tech talk under its new initiative, ‘The Continental Tech Show Around The World 2021’. Focussed on software, the session spanned the spectrum of software as a key to assisted and automated driving, function integration in the end-to-end network from the sensor to the vehicle high-performance computer to the cloud. It also touched upon driving innovation in the automotive industry with the Continental Automotive Edge Platform (CAEdge) to new approaches in the case of in-vehicle architectures and software. Averred Dr Ismail Dagli, Senior Vice President, R&D, Business Unit ADAS, “The future of autonomous driving will be determined by software the transformation towards software and the data-driven company is a strategic imperative.”

Dagli drew attention to Continental being a leading player in full-stack software. Consisting of assisted and or automated driving units, cameras, lidars and radars, Continental, claimed Dagli, delivered more than 100 million units between 2017 and 2019. With over 300 models, and 50 brands the company catered to 25 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). He cited the increasing content and complexity due to higher automation levels being tackled by the company’s portfolio for automated driving. Continental technology, according to Dagli, is classified into partly automated driving (SAE L2), L2 Plus made up of L2 performance and L2 premium, and highly automated driving (SAE L3). Under SAE L2, the company offers highway assisted rated NCAP 5. Under L2 performance, the company offers a traffic companion allowing drivers to ride hands free at speeds less than or equal to 80 kmph. In L2 premium, the highway companion is extended to speeds less than or equal to 130 kmph. It translates to L2 in extended “Operational Design Domain”.

Under SAE L3, a cruising chauffeur is on offer. While the AD High-performance computer is optional in SAE L2, it comes as a standard inclusion in SAE L2 (1 unit) and SAE L3 (2 units). SAE L1 comprises up to five radars which are extended to seven in SAE L2 and SAE L3. There are up to two cameras in SAE L1, and up to six in SAE L2. The camera count goes to nine in SAE L3. Only SAE L3 offers a minimum of two lidars. To sum it up, the content per vehicle in L2 performance is greater than 2X of SAE L2, 4X in L2 premium and 10X in SAE L3.

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