Volkswagen’s ID. Models will now receive regular software updates via mobile communications, as the manufacturer announced. The over-the-air updates are therefore developed in close cooperation with Cariad, the Group’s software company. “The new updates are a central functionality of the digital, networked car. They will quickly become normal for our customers, just as they know it from their smartphones,” said VW Head of Development Thomas Ulbrich. “Software development is iterative and fast. We work in short cycles like a tech company and provide our customers with updates in correspondingly tight cycles.”
According to the announcement, VW wants to supply its customers with free software about every twelve weeks in order to keep the vehicles up to date. In addition, Volkswagen is planning to use new, data-based business models to generate more revenue for services and functions that customers can book as required. With the additional digital services, VW is expected to generate additional three-digit million sales in the next few years.
According to the car manufacturer, the new “ID. Software 2.3” optimizes existing functions and offers innovations. Some of the new functions concern the so-called ID. Light, the light band under the windshield. It now provides the driver with information that intuitively supports him, for example, when driving in an energy-saving manner and when driving with the automatic distance control “Active Cruise Control”. The image processing of the multifunction camera will also be improved. In the dark, the dynamic high beam control is now even more precise. The graphics of the central infotainment display are now calmer and clearer and the operation is more intuitive. (os)
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