SOFTWARE – CARIAD: ONE E³ PLATFORM AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING (AD) STACK
The purpose of the Group’s own software and technology company CARIAD is to create the technical basis for data-based business models, new mobility services and automated driving (Level 4), and to leverage cross-brand synergies. Our aim is to increase the proportion of software in the vehicle that is developed in house.
CARIAD is already working with the Porsche and Audi brands to introduce the new E3 1.2 platform, which optimizes the harmonization of the hardware with the vehicle software from CARIAD. This facilitates the deployment of over-the-air updates and is a key lever for introducing new services even after vehicle production has begun.
In the long term, the standardized E3 software architecture that is already being developed, together with the VW.OS software platform and the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, will form the basis of a complete digital ecosystem, offering customers a wide range of software-based services throughout the product lifecycle. The aim is for every function that is needed or requested and every service to be customized for the users in the various markets and to be available for download at any time. This will also open up new sources of revenue for us.
Applications at various levels of automated driving (up to Level 4) will be gradually introduced to the new vehicle models in the Group brands.