Operating as Independent Business Unit

Volkswagen Strengthens New Software Organization

26. November 2019, 13:30 Uhr   |  Stefanie Eckardt

Volkswagen Strengthens New Software Organization
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Starting January 1, 2020, the Car.Software organization will operate as an in-dependent business unit.

Volkswagen strengthens its Car.Software organization with its Group responsibility for in-car software. Starting January 1, 2020, the organization will operate as an in-dependent business unit. It will centralize the subsidiaries that develop car software and software for the digital ecosystems.

The Volkswagen Group is working on a comprehensive expansion of its Car.Software organization. In addition to integrating the associates and subsidiaries, the goal is to win skilled professionals from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi und Porsche brands for a transfer to the Car.Software organization. Initially, around 3,000 digital experts from the software-related associates and subsidiaries will be grouped together in this unit. The Car.Software organization will be based at Audi Electronics Venture, and will incorporate other German sites, for example in Berlin, Bochum, the Ingolstadt area, the Stuttgart area, and in Wolfsburg. International locations of the software organization include Seattle and Beijing. Going forward, digital experts from the different Group brands and regions will also work together under the mantle of the Car.Software organization.

Over time, the number of experts will be sustainably increased through new hires, strategic acquisitions and further partnerships. By 2025, more than 10,000 digital experts in the Car.Software organization will develop the soft­ware for the vehicle and the digital ecosystems as well as customer-centric functions at dealers. In the long term, the further development of the Car.Software organization will be pursued, using the target vision of a »software brand« within the Group with its own brand design.

In-house Share of Car Software Development

Volkswagen aims to boost the in-house share of car software development from the current figure of less than 10 percent to at least 60 percent by 2025. The Car.Software organization will play a key role in achieving this goal. The organization will develop cross-brand software in five domains: Connected Car & Device Platform, Intelligent Body & Cockpit, Automated Driving, Vehicle Motion & Energy and Digital Business & Mobility Services. The objective is to establish one uniform software architecture in the Group and bring together parallel development paths in the brands.

The domains will cover the development work on one standard vehicle operating system vw.os for all Group vehicles and their connection to the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, a standardized infotainment platform, all assistance systems including highly automated driving functions such as a motorway or parking garage pilot in cars for end customers, software functions for connecting the drive system, chassis and charging technology, and ecosystems for all of the brands’ mobility services and digital business models.

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