According tomedia reports, VW is reducing its reliance on software partners to develop its own in-vehicle software. The shift will begin on July 1st, when carmakers will set up a new internal group, Car. According to an online keynote speech Friday by Christian Senge, CEO of Car.Software, the carmaker’s new organization, the shift will begin on July 1st as the organization moves from its infancy to operational mode.
According to a statement announced last November by Volkswagen, this is a separate business unit within the Volkswagen Group that will focus on the development of automotive and digital ecosystem software.
According to Senger, VW’s current share of automotive software is less than 10 per cent, with the rest coming from co-development with large IT groups, tier-one vendors and other third-party software. But by 2025, the carmaker wants to increase that share to 60 per cent, meaning it will build and develop its own software and platforms.
Increased control of automotive software will give VW more control over the operation of the car technology. It’s not just infotainment, with the rise of software-controlled car systems, all-electric vehicles, driver assistance systems and, more recently, self-driving cars, car software is more important than ever.
“Volkswagen wants to retain control of the entire vehicle architecture — including electronic devices,” Senger said. Volkswagen sees retaining control of the software as a key factor in ensuring its long-term competitiveness and safety.
A large part of Volkswagen’s Car.Software plan is to regain the bits of the wheels that drive it. This operating system will eventually become the backbone of the technology of all Volkswagen Group vehicles. With the support of the Volkswagen Cloud, this connected software platform will provide the company with enhanced air update capabilities, provide drivers with dashboard software and product downloads, and provide large-scale data collection for developers.
“Automotive Cloud is ready. We are expanding its functional range and preparing to connect the first model,” Senger said.
The first wave of VW ID electric cars will still use VW’s modern modular electric propulsion platform software, while the premium electric platform developed by Audi and Porsche will be available around 2022. This will be followed by a transition period that will bring a new VW.OS around 2025.
Next month, VW will move from an in-house start-up to a fully operational one, which means the company’s budget, goals and staff will increase. VW expects Car.Software to hire and hire about 5,000 professionals worldwide by the end of 2020, most of them in Europe, about 1/E in China and the rest between India, Israel and the United States, and will continue to grow.