Continental has implemented a cross-domain High-Performance Computer (HPC) into a car. Through this newly announced integration, the company’s technology will be capable of hosting cockpit and additional vehicle functions, such as driving safety and automated parking, as well as holistic motion control in a real-life vehicle. In addition to these functions, the car also includes ultrasonic sensors, an integrated brake system, and surround view cameras – all within Continental’s cross domain HPC.

The integration works to showcase what software-defined vehicle (SDV) development could look like for automotive engineers, with Continental’s SDV technology car utilizing the company’s cloud-based Continental Automotive Edge Framework (CAEdge). CAEdge itself connects the vehicle to the cloud and features a virtual workbench that helps simplify and accelerate the development, supply, and maintenance of software-intensive system functions. This enables software engineers to test software on a virtual HPC before deploying onto the physical hardware and fix software-related issues by debugging software directly in the cloud.

The implementation was supported by the Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC with a pre-integrated Snapdragon Ride Vision perception stack from Qualcomm. The SoC helps optimize cost, power and performance – allowing OEMs and suppliers to accelerate their time-to-market advantage and embrace a seamless, open, and adaptable approach to designing their vehicles. Passengers, in turn, benefit from enhanced assistance, safety, and comfort.