Digitalization is omnipresent and is therefore the current driving force behind the entire market. As vehicles are also becoming part of the Internet of Things like smartphones, over-the-air updates are becoming the standard here, too. This enables add-ons like new features, as well as essential firmware and cyber security updates to be rolled out remotely. The processing, compilation, and interpretation of increasing volumes of data calls for a completely new type of network and vehicle architecture, notable since current systems are reaching their limits.
The first step towards a new approach to design vehicle architecture more efficiently is in implementing a server-oriented architecture. The goal for the future is standardization, which enables easy reuse and software integration, and an element in this direction is our High Performance Computers (HPC). We are the first supplier globally to offer an HPC as a high-performance server for vehicles with the associated software in series production – which can be scaled up to an entire vehicle fleet. We are also conducting research and working with customers on the next generation of HPCs for vehicles, which will combine functions from various domains. Vehicles will feature lesser hardware as functionality increases, thereby not only reducing complexity but also helping the environment.
New vehicle architectures and network solutions are essential, and by taking a proactive view of the future of mobility, Continental will become a driver of disruption. Disruption is part of our DNA, as it boosts and challenges our business throughout the entire vehicle life cycle. We involve ourselves early in vehicle architecture definition, provide scalable, updateable platforms and comprehensive solutions, managing their systems integration.