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Automated driving development test tools for Continental

Products: EB Assist
Categories: Automated Driving

The company

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2018, Continental generated preliminary sales of around €44.4 billion and currently employs around 244,000 people in 61 countries and markets. Right now, thousands of Continentals developers are working on the mobility of tomorrow.

The challenge

The test and validation of automated vehicles is a complex task that requires millions of test miles to be run through and involves large amounts of data to be processed due to a high number of environmental sensors needed for automated driving.

This is why Continental is expanding its global test drives and was seeking for high-performant products for data logging for its ADAS and automated driving product validation.

Constraints:

  • Developing and delivering a fully operational solution fitting to a tough time to market requirement.
  • The solution should easily integrate into existing test vehicles.
  • Hundreds of test cars needed to be equipped.
  • Ensuring worldwide delivery, maintenance, and operation.
  • As the area of application is in-vehicle usage covering all types of weather and road conditions, Continental needed a very robust solution.

 

 

The solution

We developed a holistic solution based on EB Assist CAR Box, our automotive-grade PC platform, for high-precision data logging, replaying, and simulation of driving scenes, supported by EB Assist ADTF, our development tool for automated driving development.

One use case covered is efficiently capturing debug data from newly developed ECUs in order to analyze this data and further improve the ECUs.

Benefits:

  • Helps to master the increasing complexity caused by the enormous amount of required driving scenes and sensor data.
  • With the new system, several GB/s from multiple sensors can be gathered in parallel with a time resolution below 10 ns. Previous systems were limited to data rates below one GB/s.
  • The solution is easily extendible with further technologies, e.g. camera interfaces (GMSL, FPD-Link) or Automotive Ethernet.

 

 

EB’s added value

We provide a market-leading, robust, high-performant, and reliable system that leverages our decades of experience within automotive software and hardware.
This allows Continental to successfully validate its products and be the leading technology provider for automated vehicles.

EB Assist CAR Box EB 9200
EB Assist CAR Box EB 9200: data-logging device

 

Statement by Uwe Kuckelkorn

“We know EB as a trusted partner with deep knowledge in testing and tools development. One of the biggest projects EB realized is the measurement tool system MI5 based on our requirements for developing and testing ADAS and autonomous driving functions. Within a tight time schedule, EB developed the complete MI5 system and qualified it against our specification. Already 150 MI5s devices have been delivered within six months. A lot more will follow.”

 

Uwe Kuckelkorn, Head of Section ADAS Test & Validation, Continental

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