Volkswagen to focus on vehicle software to improve electric vehicles

Volkswagen have made big strides in the electric vehicle market recently, as they look to accomplish their goal of putting 22 million EVs on the road in the next eight years.

And in an example of the changing automotive manufacture ring industry, a new division will be created at Volkswagen as of January 1, focusing on vehicle software development.

Car.Software, as the division will be known, will concentrate on expanding the development of self-driving and mobility solution software for the Volkswagen brand umbrella. The goal is to develop a dedicated software brand that services the needs of the entire Volkswagen group that can be sold as products and services to other brands in the industry.

The division will be based at Audi Electronics Ventures in Gaimersheim, Germany, with additional sites located around Germany as well as Seattle and Beijing. The end aim is to have 10,000 digital experts from around the world working in Car.Software.

Currently, only 10 percent of Volkswagens software development is performed by Volkswagen. However, with the introduction of Car.Software, it is expected that this figure will rise to 60 percent in the next five years.

Car.Software will focus on software development in five areas. Connected Car & Device Platform, Intelligent Body & Cockpit, Automated Driving, Vehicle Motion & Energy and Digital Business & Mobility Services. These areas will form the operating system ‘vw.os’ and will be used on all vehicles in the Volkswagen line-up.

Volkswagen board member, Christian Senger, was excited by the prospects of a dedicated software development division.

“With our Car.Software organisation, we will create an ideal platform for pioneering software development in the Volkswagen group. We are stepping up our efforts,” said Senger.

“We will increase our competitiveness in the Volkswagen Group by controlling a much larger share of the value creation in the digitalization of our vehicles going forward. For this reason, we will also develop software on a cross-brand basis in the Car.Software organization.”

The Car.Software division will receive a budget of $7 billion for the project that will run from January 1 2020 until 2025.

Original source: Auto PortalWach | Volkswagen pushes for more electric vehicles and improved software

11 Dec 2019