Continental Server Concept to Connect VW’s ID. Family

Continental’s connectivity concept will be the driver of in-car communications, including OTA update,s for Volkswagen’s ID. family of BEVs.

The Tier 1 giant’s electronics architecture reflects the trend away from individual on-board control units of current cars and towards a small number of high-performance computer servers. Its server is now going into production at VW as an in-car application server (ICAS1).

It claims the ICAS1 concept draws on Continental‘s experience with gateway control units, whose function now forms part of this more comprehensive system. The conceptual framework for the server is a high-performance computer platform developed in cooperation with Elektrobit.

With the VW ID. family, the system could offer range influenced route planning and the locating of charging stations while, at the same time,  offering high quality connections to the digital world of mobile services and data.

Helmut Matschi, member of the executive board at Continental and head of the interior division, said: “Thanks to the new server architecture, vehicles will be kept up to date easier and faster than today. Therefore, we are making the vehicle an integral part of the Internet of Everything, contributing to the higher functionality and comfort in the vehicle.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles

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