The company was founded in 2020 as the Car.Software Organisation. Today, around 5,000 engineers and developers work at CARIAD on a uniform software and technology platform for all Volkswagen Group brands. This includes a uniform operating system, a uniform E/E architecture and an automotive cloud. The company is also developing digital functions for the vehicle: driving assistance systems, highly automated driving functions and a uniform infotainment platform including a third-party app store. In this way, CARIAD is creating a completely new ecosystem for everything to do with the vehicle – and is thus paving the way for new, digital business models for the Volkswagen Group.
With its scalable software and technology platform, CARIAD is developing the technological foundation to turn the car not only into a digital device, but also into a smart companion: a vehicle that accompanies customers into the future even years later through updates with new digital functions, CARIAD’s corporate headquarters are located in Germany – with competence centres in Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt, in the Stuttgart area, Berlin and Munich. CARIAD also works closely with Volkswagen development teams in Seattle and Silicon Valley. In China, CARIAD has already established its own subsidiary.