Volkswagen is trialling virtual test-drive simulations with a view to shortening development and validation times for driver assistance systems. These are to ‘teach’ the cars, potentially cutting the costs of physical testing as well as accelerating the learning speed of the systems themselves, since the simulations can run continuously. Fewer test rigs and less hardware Read More..
Volkswagen has confirmed an investment of over €3.5 billion into a digitization initiative to 2025. At a press conference in Berlin, executives outlined the strategy and a series of measures to speed up the development of its digital ecosystem. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen brand board member, outlined and reiterated the idea of the car as a Read More..
Volkswagen will launch a fleet of shared electric vehicles in Germany next year, with international roll-out of its car-sharing services from 2020. Expanding Volkswagen’s ‘We’ customer platform, the mobility service will focus initially on cities in Europe, North America and Asia. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen brand board member for sales, said at an event in Berlin Read More..
Volkswagen Group of America has joined Aquantia, Robert Bosch, Continental and Nvidia to form the Networking for Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Alliance. The group intends to support the development of multi-gigabit ethernet networking in vehicles, and of its related ecosystem of cameras, sensors, gateways, data storage devices, control systems, other data transfer technologies and network architecture. Read More..
Volkswagen has used a quantum computer to successfully simulate molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains, and says that this is an important step in developing batteries for electric vehicles. It is now to move onto simulating more complex chemical compounds, with the aim of creating a complete battery on a quantum computer. This will Read More..
Konnect, the new Volkswagen Group Campus in Tel Aviv, Israel, has been opened to provide a co-working space for local tech start-ups and to support collaborations. Themes for the work to take place there include connectivity, smart navigation, sensors, simulators, cybersecurity, e-mobility and big data, with a view to pushing forward development of mobility services, Read More..
Volkswagen has held its first Future Training Forum in Wolfsburg to discuss issues including the digitalization of its vocational training programmes and future learning environments. Conference participants included board members, human resources managers, training experts, Works Council members, young people’s representatives and apprentices, and Volkswagen plans to repeat this exercise each year at different plants. Read More..
Volkswagen Group has announced direct investments of around 15 billion euros into e-mobility, autonomous driving, business digitalization and new mobility services in China, part of a 34 billion euro global program. This follows the corporate restructuring outlined recently by new chairman Dr Herbert Diess. At the Beijing auto show, the future vision for the Volkswagen Read More..
Volkswagen Group appointed Herbert Diess CEO and announced a far-reaching reorganization of the 12 brand automotive group. Diess will retain his position as head of the core Volkswagen brand, but will take over responsibility for all group operations from Matthias Mueller effective immediately. Mueller took over from CEO Martin Winterkorn in 2015, following the latter’s Read More..
Volkswagen has to master a balancing act: On one hand, the carmaker needs investment discipline. On the other, there is tremendous pressure to innovate. Ulrich Eichhorn, who heads the VW Group research and development operations, talks about current efforts to electrify VW’s portfolio and breathe artificial intelligence into autonomous cars. Mr. Eichhorn, the Volkswagen Group Read More..