Frankfurt, Germany, August 2023. Continental has expanded its toolbox for automotive software development: With the future virtual ECU Creator software (vECU Creator), developers at vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and third parties will be able to configure and run virtual cloud-based electronic control units in their specific development environments to help develop code for micro-controller and processor hardware that doesn’t yet exist.
The virtual ECUC rhetoric part of the Continental lAutomotiveEdge(CAEdge)framework, which runsonAmazonWebServices
(AWS). By using cloud-basedvECUs, new applications or software features for software-defined vehicles (SDV) can be built by OEMs faster, more efficiently, and in a more agile way. That allows future developments to be tested and debugged continuously by engineers within the cloud, at the same time as hardware development and production cycles. The virtual ECU Creator brings together Continental’s high-performance computers, and Electronic Control Units, with Elektrobit’sproduction-proven software for Classic and Adaptive AUTOSAR. “A great vehicle relies on both quality hardware and software. Our virtual ECU Creator will make it easy for our software experts to work in parallel, enabling us to create applications for the software-defined vehicle that enhance the driver’s safety and experience,”saidGillesMabire, CTO at ContinentalAutomotive.