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Software

Software – the foundation for autonomous driving

Over the coming years, the Group’s own software and technology company CARIAD will develop the new E3 2.0 software architecture and thus exploit synergy effects across all the brands. This standard software stack will form the technical foundation for data-based business models, new mobility services and autonomous driving (level 4) for the Volkswagen Group and its brands.

The new software architecture enables a complete ecosystem, which will offer customers a host of software-based services throughout the full product life cycle. By 2030, the Volkswagen Group will put up to 40 million of its cars based on the new software stack on the streets of this world. The Group will have the largest amount of real-time data in the whole industry – and continuously improve its products on this basis.

CARIAD has a clear schedule for the development and introduction of the software architecture, which includes a scalable operating system and cloud connection. To enable this, the company is expanding its competencies around the world. By 2025, the proportion of internally-developed software in the car will rise from the current figure of 10 percent to 60 percent. Furthermore, strategic shareholdings and strong partnerships already cover important fields of expertise. It goes without saying that CARIAD works closely with all the brands in the Group. After all, the software architecture will transform mobility across the entire Group.

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