Artificial Intelligence (AI) Takes Center Stage

Continental attends leading professional conference for artificial intelligence.

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) took place from October 9 to 11 in Munich. The GTC is one of the most important event series worldwide focusing on artificial intelligence – a perfect framework for further positioning Continental as a technology leader and for strengthening partnerships.
Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Chairman of the Executive Board of Continental AG, met the founder and CEO of NVIDIA, Jensen Huang, at the event. Together, they reinforced the partnership that the two companies started at the beginning of this year. They joined forces to bring artificial intelligence (AI) for highly automated driving to volume production from 2021 onwards.

At the GTC, they presented their first joint technology for automated vehicles – a Continental Assisted and Automated Driving Control Unit (ADCU) based on the NVIDIA DRIVE platform. The vehicle of the future is an automated computer on wheels. It has the ability to detect the condition of the vehicle and its surroundings, identifies different courses of action and take control of the vehicle. This requires the computing power of an AI supercomputer. The partnership between Continental and NVIDIA includes the design and development of AI computer systems, ranging from partially automated level 2 functions to fully automated level 5 self-driving functions, where the vehicle has no steering wheel and no pedals.

The GTC promoted professional exchange with the community and gave the industry audience a better insight into Continental technologies. Christian Schumacher’s speech (Vice President Program Management Systems at the business unit Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) outlined the challenges of making highly automated driving a reality. The huge volumes of information and data that are collected by radars, lidars and cameras require vast amounts of computing power. This is where Continental’s and NVIDIA’s expertise is complementary.
Exhibits were shown in the GTC Exhibit Hall to demonstrate how the technology works in practice. In two exhibits Continental presented the face of future mobility to attending pioneers, IT managers and developers from the world of artificial intelligence. The CUbE gave an outlook of what driverless city mobility could look like in the future, while another test vehicle demonstrated how ADAS sensor technology and NVIDIA processors are already being used to record vehicle surroundings.