AI-Powered Full-Stack Hardware and Software Solutions for Assisted and Automated Driving Unveiled by Continental and Ambarella

Continental and Ambarella enter strategic partnership to jointly develop full-stack software and hardware system solutions for both assisted and automated driving.

(PRESS RELEASE) FRANKFURT, Germany, SANTA CLARA, CA, United States, 5-Jan-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Continental (ETR: CON), a German multinational automotive parts manufacturing company, and edge AI semiconductor company Ambarella have announced a strategic partnership at CES 2023. The partnership will focus on the development of scalable, end-to-end hardware and software solutions based on artificial intelligence (AI) for assisted and automated driving (AD) systems. Continental and Ambarella will combine Continental’s software and hardware expertise and broad portfolio of automotive system solutions with Ambarella’s computer vision know-how, powerful System-on-Chip (SoC) and software modules. The companies will focus on developing camera-based perception solutions for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and scalable full-stack systems for Level 2+ up to highly automated vehicles. The solutions will be able to be flexibly integrated into the latest vehicle generations by vehicle manufacturers and will be energy-efficient, reducing power consumption and cooling demands in electric vehicles, resulting in an increased average range of about 5-10 kilometers. The partners aim to have these joint solutions ready for global series production in 2026.

“We are now able to offer full-stack, scalable vehicle system solutions with the highest performance, from ADAS to high automation, thereby strengthening our leadership position in assisted and automated driving,” said Frank Petznick, Head of the Autonomous Mobility Business Area at Continental. “This strategic partnership with Ambarella is further expanding our broad portfolio and taking us a step closer towards Vision Zero and autonomous mobility.”

“The automotive industry can now take full advantage of Ambarella’s algorithm-first SoC architectures and software IP, in combination with Continental’s global scale and proven track record in commercializing technology for the ADAS and automated mobility markets,” said Fermi Wang, President and CEO of Ambarella. “Together with our partner Continental, we are offering vehicle manufacturers a compelling new option for making vehicles safer, while bringing the promise of advanced automation to fruition and building toward autonomous driving.”

Continental and Ambarella are combining their multi-decade software and hardware experience to accelerate the global development of next generation vehicle systems.

Joint system solutions enhanced by artificial intelligence

Continental’s portfolio, extended with Ambarella’s CV3-AD System-on-Chip family, will draw upon its proven expertise in sensor technologies, cross- and domain-specific high-performance computing systems, software development and deep experience in implementing automotive functions in this growth market of assisted and automated driving. At the same time, Continental will tap into its large software and development ecosystem to offer additional upward scalability in its already broad ADAS full-stack offerings. These systems, based on Ambarella’s CVflow SoCs with AI, provide vehicle manufacturers with a flexible platform to scale their investment costs across all vehicle types.

Continental contributes the hardware and large parts of the software to this partnership, while Ambarella provides the SoC platform and further software functionalities. As a result of this strategic partnership, the next generation of vehicles, ranging from L2+ to the highest automation levels, will be able to utilize the powerful, energy-efficient, and scalable mobility system solutions from Continental and Ambarella.

Ambarella’s CV3-AD AI domain controller SoC family enables centralized, single-chip processing for multi-sensor perception—including high-resolution camera, radar, ultrasonic sensors and lidar—as well as deep fusion of these sensors and autonomous vehicle path planning. These fully scalable, power-efficient SoCs provide industry-leading AI performance per watt for neural network computation, with up to 40x better performance than Ambarella’s CV2 automotive SoC family. Additionally, Ambarella integrates its superior image signal processor technology into all of its SoCs. The result is robust ADAS and L2+ up to highly automated driving systems with greater levels of environmental perception in challenging lighting, weather and driving conditions for human vision and edge AI applications.

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SOURCE: Continental AG


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