Cloud Connectivity

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Cloud Connectivity

Cloud Connectivity

Cloud applications are the basis for holistically connecting vehicles with their environment. Whether it is infrastructure data, map data, data from other vehicles or third-party vendors, the cloud is the central place for collecting and processing this data. Here, data is assigned, summarized, processed, prioritized and distributed as information for the driver or the vehicle systems at the correct receivers. In order to carry out these tasks efficiently, quickly - in the sense of latencies - and safely, Continental uses its own cloud solution the Continental.cloud.
 

Wireless Software Updates

Over-the-air updates via the cloud
One example of our cloud solutions for holistic connectivity is wireless software updates. It is now possible to keep a vehicle’s software up-to-date or to download new features and functions without having to travel to the auto repair shop. For Continental, this is not simply about demonstrating how this capability can be implemented in vehicles securely and reliably. Continental presents a solution that enables seamless and disruption-free transition between different wireless networks (mobile telephony, Wi-Fi or satellite systems). To send data packages, containing as much data as possible, from the cloud to the vehicle and back, the solution can also combine data lines for example from the passengers’ mobile devices as a means of pooling transmission capacities. In collaboration with Inmarsat, Continental is also using satellite communication – in addition to mobile telephony and Wi-Fi – to provide vehicle manufacturers and drivers worldwide with the best possible network connection at all times. Read more
 

Cloud Terminal for smarter infotainment

Cloud Terminal
Holistic connectivity via the cloud will also make in-vehicle infotainment smarter and more flexible. With our cloud terminal, applications that were once directly integrated in the head unit will now be moved to the cloud. This ensures that the system is always up-to-date and that new functions can be added at any time, allowing vehicle manufacturers to simply roll out the applications across different models and vehicle classes. The twist is that Continental has created a development framework within the cloud that uses standard development tools and therefore does not require developers to have any specialized automotive software expertise. Read more

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