Volkswagen Introduces Over-The-Air Updates For All ID. Models

With new vehicles becoming more connected and packed with computers and software, car manufacturers are increasingly becoming software companies themselves.

Amongst the features they are embracing is over-the-air-updates – the ability to update software via mobile data transfer.

Volkswagen has announced that it will now be delivering just such a feature to all its electric ID. models.

The updates had previously only been available as part of a test phase for customers who had registered with the ‘ID. First Movers Club’.

The company says that networking the entire ID. fleet will allow it to lay the foundation for new, customer-oriented business models.

In the future, the company plans to provide its customers with free software around every 12 weeks. Volkswagen is also aiming to generate increased revenue during the usage phase with new, data-based business models – for services and functions that the customer can order as required.

For example, this could be Travel Assist or improved battery performance for long journeys, or even automated driving at a later point in time. Volkswagen says it sees the potential to generate hundreds of millions in additional revenue over the next few years.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (October 2021) 

29 October 2021

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