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Hudi (l) will set up his own consulting business. Mueller will succeed him at Audi (Photo: Audi)

Volvo Cars executive Thomas Mueller will succeed Ricky Hudi as head of electrics/electronics at Audi, marking a change in a key position at Volkswagen Group's premium brand.

Hudi is leaving Audi at his own request to start a technology and consulting firm. He will provide consulting for the Here digital mapping company that was acquired last year by Audi, BMW and Daimler.

Hudi, who joined Audi in 1997, has been the leading development executive in the area of car connectivity and autonomous driving. Under Hudi's leadership, Audi said in a statement, the company decisively built up its networking expertise as well as its automated driving technologies.

Hudi also was cited as the initiator of a key cooperation pact with semiconductor maker Nvidia.

Mueller, as head of electrical & electronic systems, helped Volvo engineer the groundbreaking HMI and telematics systems on the newest generation of vehicles.

Said Stefan Knirsch, head of development at Audi: "Thomas Mueller is a proven expert in the areas of automotive electrics and electronics and will continue to advance the digitization and networking of our products.”