Continental acquires stake in Apex.AI for software development


Continental in Auburn Hills has announced that it has acquired a minority stake in Apex.AI to develop an operating system for Continental’s vehicles of the future. // Courtesy of Continental

Continental, a developer of technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility based in Auburn Hills, today announced that it will be a strategic investor in software specialist Apex.AI based in Palo Alto, Calif. And Munich. , in Germany.

Continental and Apex.AI have already been cooperating since 2020 on the industrialization of an innovative operating system for vehicles. With the acquisition of a minority stake, the two companies are stepping up their collaboration to quickly offer a solution close to the series. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

“With Apex.AI we have a strong cooperative partner by our side to tackle the major challenges of autonomous driving with innovative software solutions,” says Frank Petznick, Business Unit Manager Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) at Continental. “The complexity of vehicle software and electronic architectures is increasing rapidly and the number of digital features is increasing. “

Apex.AI has developed the Apex.OS meta-operating system – a system for automotive applications that supports all phases of software development and use without tedious customization – from concept to pre-development to use in production.

It is a versatile basic software platform that can be used to implement other software solutions quickly, easily, and in a developer-friendly manner, especially for new advanced software support systems. driving and autonomous driving functions, according to the company.

“The automobile is indeed more and more like a smartphone on wheels, where the development of hardware and software is increasingly independent of each other and considerably accelerated,” explains Petznick.

“With the help of the already certified Apex.OS meta-operating system, we will dramatically shorten the development cycles for new mobility functions, especially for automated and autonomous driving, in accordance with the highest safety standards. Our investment in Apex.AI is an important step forward.

Continental works closely with selected technology partners to take action into the future. It is cooperating with sensor specialist AEye on the development of LiDAR sensors and recently created a joint venture with Horizon Robotics for artificial intelligence. It also has integrated software solutions for a wide range of driving functions under development at Elektrobit, a subsidiary of Continental.


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