Continental is to supply the central computers for Volkswagen’s ID. Series of electric cars, meaning VW is introducing over the air updates à la Tesla. The server naturally enables a high degree of other networking in MEB electric vehicles as well.
Continental thus enables Volkswagen to move away from the many individual control units of current cars and towards a small number of high-performance computers. Its server is now going into production at VW as an in-car application server (ICAS1).
Volkswagen will use the technology for the range of its upcoming ID. electric vehicles based on the modular MEB platform. Helmut Matschi, member of the executive board at Continental, considers the deal “a great accomplishment for us that our server concept is now going into series production at Volkswagen”.
Continental says the concept offers “a host of vehicle connectivity features” such as the ability to install new functions and safety updates via a wireless connection. At the heart of the server is a high-performance computer platform Continental developed in cooperation with Elektrobit.
In terms of electric car functionality, functions such as range-optimised route planning and the locating of charging stations are most critical. Moreover, the server architecture “also coordinates over-the-air updates and controls charging management for the battery,” explains Johann Hiebl, head of the Body & Security and Infotainment & Connectivity business units at Continental.
Depending on the ID. vehicle model and features, in future, two or three servers will provide the computing power for the entire vehicle. Since the beginning of the development, Continental has designed the ICAS1 for the increased service life requirements in electric vehicles, according to the company.
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