Continental offers to accelerate development of automated driving control units

Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit

Adaptable platform provides flexibility and adaptability to changing market requirements for automated driving such as machine learning techniques, sensor technology, and configuration.

Automated Driving will generate significant amounts of data from sensors and other inputs such as radar, camera, LiDAR and maps. The data can be processed in either the individual sensor or on a central control unit, constructing a high-precision environment model of the vehicle’s surroundings. The greater the data volume to be processed and analyzed, the more computing power is needed. This, in turn, drives the need for control units that are more powerful than the ones currently in use today.

Developed by Continental’s San Jose Research & Development Center in tight collaboration with Xilinx, San Jose, the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit will enable Continental’s customers to get to market faster by building upon the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) framework, standardized by the Khronos Group, a consortium focused on the creation of open standards for graphics, media and parallel computation. The platform provides heterogeneous computing options such as a Central Processing Unit (CPU), Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and now with the help of Xilinx’s all programmable technology a customizable hardware acceleration solution. This provides developers the ability to optimize software for the appropriate processing engine or to create their own hardware accelerators with the Xilinx all programmable technology. The result is the ultimate freedom to optimize performance, without sacrificing latency, power dissipation, or the flexibility to move software algorithms between the integrated chips, as the project progresses.

Developed by Continental’s San Jose Research & Development Center in tight collaboration with Xilinx, San Jose, the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit will enable Continental’s customers to get to market faster by building upon the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) framework, standardized by the Khronos Group, a consortium focused on the creation of open standards for graphics, media and parallel computation. The platform provides heterogeneous computing options such as a Central Processing Unit (CPU), Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and now with the help of Xilinx’s all programmable technology a customizable hardware acceleration solution. This provides developers the ability to optimize software for the appropriate processing engine or to create their own hardware accelerators with the Xilinx all programmable technology. The result is the ultimate freedom to optimize performance, without sacrificing latency, power dissipation, or the flexibility to move software algorithms between the integrated chips, as the project progresses.

Central computer with strictest safety requirements for automated driving

The Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit offers a scalable product family for assisted and automated driving fulfilling the highest safety requirements (ASIL D) by 2019. This platform will provide a variety of communication ports for the necessary data flow. During development, Continental distinguishes between an Assisted Driving Control Unit and an Automated Driving Control Unit. The first product of this scalable family is a module for advanced driver assistance systems that offers a complete, cost-optimized package connecting sensors and actuators with perfect complement of central intelligence, safety, and security. The control unit for automated driving follows closely behind as a powerful computer that meets the requirements of highly automated driving, with special focus on new digital structures for comprehensive environment modeling, ASIL D, and real-time performance, while providing a heightened ease of use to developers by offering an OpenCL path into every chip present.

Source: Continental