Continental collaborates with Germany based start-up company Automotive Artificial Intelligence (AAI) to enhance its approach for virtual development of its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD) functions. Virtual simulation accelerates development for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD). Also, virtual tests help to reduce risks and offers full test recording capabilities for precise identification of software improvement. Testing up to 8,000 kilometers (nearly 5,000 miles) per hour are possible with virtual simulation.

For the development of AD ready functions, a more complex – even real-world – virtual development and test environment is needed. In particular, this applies to the complex simulation of dynamic road-user behavior. The reason simulation with different driving styles (e.g. aggressive, defensive) is important for approximating reality more closely and avoiding unrealistically monotonous, predictable processes. Continental is responding by developing a highly scalable, highly modular development and testing environment that meets the new requirements. AAI has the competence to create virtual environments based on HD-maps and AI-driven road-users, with the intention of doing justice to the increasingly broader scope of validation in automated driving. The simulation tools developed within the collaboration will be made available to the entire automotive industry.