The company was established in 2020 as Car.Software Organisation. Today, around 4,500 engineers and developers are now working at CARIAD to build a uniform software and technology platform for all brands of the Volkswagen Group, which includes a unified operating system, a uniform E/E architecture and automotive cloud. In addition, the company is developing digital functions for vehicles, including ADAS, a standardized infotainment platform, software functions for linking powertrains, and chassis and charging technology, as well as new ecosystems and digital business models in and around the vehicle.
CARIAD is the answer to the changing demands of customers. Automotive customers are demanding more comfort, more safety, more sustainability and more connectivity. With its scalable software and technology platform, CARIAD is developing the technological basis to turn the car into a smart companion: a vehicle that will accompany customers into the future, with continuous updates providing new digital functions even years later.
After the foundation and set-up phase, operationalization has been the main focus at CARIAD since 2021. In addition to developing function updates over the lifetime of vehicles based on the MEB modular electric drive platform, CARIAD is working intensively on the software and technology platform for the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). The first vehicles built on this platform will enter the market as of 2022. The core element at CARIAD is the development of the unified and scalable software and technology platform E³ 2.0 for all Group brands. E³ stands for ‘end-to-end electronics architecture’. The software and technology platform, which has been built from scratch, will be used for the first time at the end of 2024 in Artemis, Audi's lighthouse project. Starting in 2026, E³ 2.0 will be scaled by the Volkswagen brand with Trinity in the volume segment.
CARIAD’s corporate headquarters are in Germany, with competence centers in Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt, the Stuttgart area, Berlin and Munich. CARIAD also works closely with Volkswagen’s development teams in Seattle, Silicon Valley and China.
More background on CARIAD can be found at cariad.technology.