Continental offers platform for accelerating development of automated driving control units
Continental announced it will showcase a highly flexible computing platform for automated driving systems and the processing of data at CES 2018.
Developed by Continental’s San Jose Research & Development Center in collaboration with Xilinx, San Jose, the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit intends to 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 a customizable hardware acceleration solution.
“Xilinx is proud to collaborate with Continental in the development of the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit, enabling the creation of an ecosystem for automated driving. We embrace the spirit of a hardware platform that invites collaboration, rather than tying companies to a proprietary architecture,” said Willard Tu, Senior Director, Automotive Market at Xilinx.
“Our Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit will enable automotive engineers to create their own differentiated solutions for machine learning and sensor fusion. Xilinx’s All Programmable Technology was chosen as it offers flexibility and scalability to address the ever-changing and new requirements along the way to fully automated self-driving cars,” said Karl Haupt, Head of Continental’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business unit. “For Continental, the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit is a central element for implementing the required functional safety architecture and, at the same time, a host for the comprehensive environment model and driving functions needed for automated driving.”
The Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit offers a scalable product family for assisted and automated driving, fulfilling safety requirements (ASIL D) by 2019. This platform will reportedly 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 package connecting sensors and actuators with the 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.
Continental will be located at CES is in the North Hall Booth #6106.