The Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 e ID.4 GTX they already have available the software update 2.3 via the internet (“over the air” or OTA) that provides, among other things, improvements in the processing of camera images and in the operation of the infotainment system, in addition to changes in the ambient light setting.
Until now, updates were only available to customers of the brand registered in the so-called “ID. Club First Movements ”and in testing phase, but soon the firm has announced that it will implement these free updates for its entire range of electrics every three months.
More safety and comfort for all electric vehicles in the range
Volkswagen has become the first generalist brand to make this type of update available to its customers, which it is developing in coordination with CARIAD, the group company in charge of the software.
At the moment, the upgrade package to the version ‘2.3’ is focused on providing new functions for the ambient lighting (ID. Light), which will now display indications for efficient driving intuitively with a new color code, and which will also be activated when systems such as the cruise control with safety distance control (Active Cruise Control).
Improvements have also been made to the image processing of the multifunction camera, which now recognizes motorcycles and other road users faster and even in the dark.
In addition, the graphics on the central infotainment screen have gained in definition and the dynamic control of the headlights (Dynamic Lights Assist) is more precise.
To download the update, users will need to have the vehicle stopped and have at least 50% charge in the battery. Since the update is powerful, during the download the vehicle must be disconnected from the charger and connected to a high-capacity mobile data network.
Upgrades to come: towards pay-as-you-go
According to Thomas Ulbrich, a member of the Volkswagen Development Board, regular software updates “will become normal for the brand’s customers” over time, as are smartphone updates already.
In the future, Volkswagen plans to include in its updates more technology, driving assistants, connectivity equipment and even services that will be activated on demand, either part-time or full-time.
This could range from long-distance travel assistance to improved battery performance, and even to highly automated driving. With these digital services, Volkswagen aims to generate additional revenue of millions of euros over the next few years.