Continental’s online platform for automated and standardised software development and integration into vehicles
The Continental Cooperation Portal has been created by technology company Continental, in order to automate and standardise software development and integration into vehicles. The online platform allows car makers and suppliers to save time and money in the development process, reduce costs for all parties and increase software quality. It can be adjusted and customised for each software project, with documents such as logs and manuals being saved.
“The importance of software for vehicles is rising at a rapid pace. By developing the Continental Cooperation Portal, we have created a tool for implementing software and services from a wide range of providers in vehicle servers. As a system integrator and strategic partner, we are working with manufacturers to meet the challenges of the increasing complexity of software integration in modern vehicles,” said Johann Hiebl, head of Continental’s Connected Car Networking business unit.
The platform is creating conditions for the development of connected vehicles whose electronic architecture focuses on high-performance computers and replaces the traditional distributed control unit architecture. Due to many manual processes and a lack of standardization, the process leading up to integrated software has been extremely time-consuming up until now. The applications were tested manually after their delivery, possible errors were corrected, and then the whole process was started from the beginning again – an approach that is quite inefficient in modern vehicles that use software from up to 50 suppliers. The Continental Cooperation Portal will automate this to-ing and fro-ing with all the software suppliers with the result of only transferring error-free applications into the actual development system. Additionally, the online platform will reduce the need for correction loops and free up capacity for implementing other control unit functions.
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