Volkswagen will begin manufacturing a server developed by parts supplier Continental for its upcoming ID family of EVs. VW will use the technology as an in-car application server that will allow wireless updates in the future.
The new server forms just one part of the more comprehensive ICAS1 processor, one of three central processors that VW will integrate into its future EVs. VW says the ICAS1 processor concept adds new connectivity features to the vehicles, including the ability to install new functional and safety updates via a wireless connection.
Continental believes that EV electronics are moving away from having many separate control units – typically found in today’s vehicles – towards a small number of high-performance computers. Following this idea, VW’s ID vehicles will feature two or three servers that will provide the computing power for the entire vehicle.
With a server architecture for its electric system, Continental says vehicles can implement additional functionalities, such as range-optimized route planning, locating charging stations, and support for mobile services and data. The ICAS1 processor separates the hardware and software, which will allow VW and third parties to integrate and update software in the future.
Helmut Matschi, Continental’s 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.”