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  • 07/05/19
    Company

    Volkswagen inaugurates “We Campus” in Berlin

    Volkswagen today inaugurated the “We Campus” in Berlin. The digital launch command for the new facility was given by Ramona Pop, Deputy Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economy, Energy and Enterprises, and Christian Senger, Volkswagen brand Board Member responsible for Digital Car & Services. The new “We Campus” will bring together about 900 experts from Volkswagen and its technology partners who have previously worked at different locations. In future, they will develop new added value and mobility services which will be offered within the “Volkswagen We” ecosystem. This also includes the full-electric car sharing service WeShare which has been launched in Berlin with 1,500 e-Golf vehicles. Volkswagen is continuously expanding its ecosystem and intends to create further future-oriented jobs at the campus.
  • 07/04/19
    Company

    Volkswagen Passenger Cars strengthens IT competence worldwide

    The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is laying the groundwork for efficient and tailor-made digitalization within the company going forward with a new IT organization. Abdallah Shanti has been named Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Volkswagen brand and leads the IT function set up at the end of April this year. He will be in charge of IT at in excess of 50 locations belonging to the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand worldwide.
  • 06/05/19
    Company

    Volkswagen agrees digital transformation roadmap for administration and production

    Volkswagen continues to forge ahead with the company’s modernization and digitalization: Volkswagen will be investing up to €4 billion in digitalization projects through 2023 – mainly in administration but also in production. At least 2,000 new jobs related to digitalization are to be created. This has been agreed by the Board of Management and the General Works Council in their “digital transformation roadmap”. Agile working methods, improved processes and digitalization are to reduce the burden on employees and speed up processes. Tasks that used to be performed manually are to be simplified through improved IT. Consequently, up to 4,000 jobs in non-production units at Volkswagen AG Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Components and Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH will not be restaffed over the coming four years. A precondition for this is that tasks are eliminated as a result of digitalization, process optimization and organizational streamlining. In addition, further investments in Industry 4.0 and an associated increase in productivity of five percent per year in production units through 2023 were also agreed. Furthermore, the budget for training is to be increased by a further €60 million to a total of €160 million to take account of the human resources transformation under Volkswagen’s digitalization offensive. A uniform employment guarantee for Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH through 2029 has also been agreed.
  • 04/23/19
    Volkswagen Group News

    From mine to factory: Volkswagen makes supply chain transparent with blockchain

    Optimizing supply chains, eliminating sources of error, guaranteeing social and ecological standards – these are the goals of the collaboration between the Volkswagen Group and Minespider. Together with the blockchain specialist, a pilot project is to be set up to achieve transparency in the the global supply chain for lead. Blockchain technology makes it possible to trace the raw material back to the point of origin by means of digital certificates. The Volkswagen Group plans to use this technology for further raw materials and their supply chains.
  • 03/19/19
    Company

    Volkswagen Brand China and FAW-Volkswagen establish new joint venture for connected services

    Volkswagen Brand China and its Chinese joint venture FAW-Volkswagen are scaling up their cooperation in the area of digitalization and connectivity. MOS Intelligent Connectivity Technology Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Volkswagen Group China and FAW-Volkswagen, will be established in the Chinese city of Chengdu. The partners are investing a total of RMB 1 billion in the company that will operate under the MOSI brand (Mobile Online Services Intelligent). The objective is to develop and offer digital services for all future Volkswagen models of FAW-Volkswagen from 2019 onwards, including vehicles based on the modular electric toolkit (MEB) from 2020. With the new joint venture, the Volkswagen brand is forging ahead with the development of its automotive ecosystem in China.
  • 02/27/19
    Company

    Volkswagen and Microsoft share progress on strategic partnership

    Volkswagen and Microsoft are sharing progress on the development of the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, discussed today by Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, and Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, during a joint visit to the Volkswagen Digital Lab in Berlin. The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud is to be extended step-by-step to further regions of the world and to be available in Europe, China and the USA – the core markets for the future full-electric, fully connected ID. model family. Volkswagen and Microsoft are also working together on first lighthouse projects for connected vehicle services, and progress has been made in the set-up of Volkswagen’s new Development Center in North America.
  • 02/25/19
    Company

    Christian Senger becomes Brand Board of Management Member for new Digital Car & Services function

    Christian Senger (44) becomes the Member of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Board of Management with responsibility for the new Digital Car & Services function effective March 1, 2019. He has also been appointed Head of the Digital Car & Services function for the Group. Senger thus assumes overall responsibility for the coordination and design of the Volkswagen Group’s digital activities, including software.
  • 12/19/18
    Volkswagen Group News

    Volkswagen to take over telematics specialist WirelessCar from Volvo

    The Volkswagen Group is acquiring a majority stake in the Swedish telematics specialist “WirelessCar” from Volvo with a view to making further advances in fleet connectivity. The Volkswagen Group is acquiring a 75.1 percent stake in WirelessCar. Completion is expected in the first half of 2019 and is subject to approval from antitrust authorities.
  • 09/28/18
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    Volkswagen and Microsoft announce strategic partnership

    Entering into a strategic partnership, Volkswagen and Microsoft Corp. will collaborate to develop the ‘Volkswagen Automotive Cloud’, one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility offerings. The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG approved the conclusion of an agreement to this effect between Volkswagen and Microsoft on September 28, 2018. Volkswagen therefore continues to forge ahead with its digital transformation at full speed. With Microsoft as its strategic partner, the company is taking a decisive step in its digital transformation into a mobility provider with a fully connected vehicle fleet and the digital ecosystem “Volkswagen We”.
  • 09/13/18
    Company

    Volkswagen Group’s new importer contracts pave the way for digitalization

    The Audi, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Passenger Cars brands, together with their partners from ten European importers, signed the new importer contracts in Wolfsburg this week. Contracts with the Group’s own companies in a further 15 markets were also exchanged. As a result, the Volkswagen Group has agreed new contracts for almost all European markets. Some 4.1 million vehicles were delivered in these markets, including the home market of Germany, in 2017. The contracts are an important strategic milestone for the Volkswagen Group and define a new joint business model that is shaped in particular by ongoing digitalization. Going forward, manufacturer, importer and dealer will jointly communicate with customers, speaking with one voice across all contact points. The contracts are also an important prerequisite for marketing the Volkswagen Group’s new all-electric, fully-connected vehicles and come into effect starting in April 2020 in good time for the market launch of these models.
  • 08/23/18
    Company

    Volkswagen’s digital transformation gathers speed

    Volkswagen in transition: the company is speeding up the development of its ecosystem with its own software know-how and the strength of external partners. The automobile will evolve into a central hub in the Internet of Things.
  • 08/09/18
    Company

    Online now: Volkswagen launches digital newsroom

    Volkswagen announces the launch of a new digital offering for journalists, bloggers, online multipliers and brand fans: starting today, the Volkswagen Newsroom (www.volkswagen-newsroom.com) brings users the most important information, stories, images, videos and social media content from the world of Volkswagen. The new online service offers media professionals a central research and information platform and brings brand fans an interactive brand experience.
  • 08/08/18
    Company

    High-tech for the future: Volkswagen Design focuses on working digitally

    LED screens, interactive design, collaboration in virtual reality: Volkswagen Design is forging ahead with the process of digital transformation and has completely changed its working methods over the past two years. And with success: from the creation of new products right up to the point of their acceptance, work is now consistently carried out digitally, which significantly increases the efficiency of individual work steps and facilitates collaboration across locations. The new processes also give employees much more room for personal and professional development.
  • 06/07/18
    Volkswagen Group News

    UX designers at Volkswagen ensure that digital customer services can be used intuitively 

    Volkswagen is developing more and more digital services, which are also available as apps on smart phones. At the Group IT Digital Lab, Melissa Zee is a member of a team which ensures that such apps not only function without any problems but are also easy to understand and operate.
  • 05/29/18
    Volkswagen Group News

    What does a …      robotics expert actually do at Volkswagen?

    For Volkswagen, cooperation between people and machines in production is becoming more and more important. Increasingly, work on a vehicle or component is carried out by people and robots not separately or in sequence but simultaneously and together. This means that robots need to understand what human workers want and need from them. Johannes Teiwes teaches the robots. He works at the Group IT Smart Production Lab and programs software "brains" for robots so that they can provide the best possible support for people.
  • 05/25/18
    Volkswagen Group News

    What does a …      natural language processing expert actually do at Volkswagen?

    More and more frequently, programs and machines are controlled by voice commands. This is why intelligent systems which understand human language are becoming increasingly important for innovative operating concepts in vehicles and corporate processes from Volkswagen. For this purpose, Maria Niessen contributes her specialist knowledge as a natural language processing (NLP) expert to the Group IT data lab. She trains programs to understand what people say and mean.
  • 05/23/18
    Volkswagen Group News

    What does a …    cloud architect actually do at Volkswagen?

    The Volkswagen Group is committed to the use of cloud computing and is transferring more and more applications for corporate processes or customer services to memory that is available online. This way, many programs can be operated even faster and more safely. Cloud architects like Hischam Abul Ola ensure that the systems are transferred smoothly and that users can find a way around as effectively as possible.
  • 05/18/18
    Volkswagen Group News

    What does a …      VR-Developer actually do at Volkswagen?

    Virtual reality (VR) is not just game-playing. At Volkswagen, VR is contributing to faster and more efficient development of vehicle models. VR developers such as David Kuri program the powerful software for it. The 26-year-old previously worked for an international computer game company. He is now contributing his specialist knowledge to Group IT's Virtual Engineering Lab.
  • 04/09/18
    Technology

    Intensified customer experience: Volkswagen creates new Holistic User Experience (HUX) Division

    Volkswagen is consistently preparing itself to become the most user centered mobility brand. Therefore, the company establishes the new Holistic User Experience (HUX) division headed by Dr. Matthias Erb. In his new role he reports directly to the CEO of the Volkswagen brand, Dr. Herbert Diess.
  • 12/12/17
    Company

    Volkswagen's incubator programme: six innovative mobility start-ups move into Die Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden

    Volkswagen supports innovative business ideas for future mobility. Six young founder teams have recently been selected for the manufacturer's "Future Mobility Incubator" start-up scheme. The winners were drawn at the international trade fair for semiconductor products, SEMICON EUROPE, in Munich, and in Die Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden. The start-ups are ChargeX, keysurance, EcoG (all from Munich), S O Nah from Aachen, Embotech from Zurich, and Novum from Dresden, all of whom won their places following two rounds of pitching. They will begin work in Die Gläserne Manufaktur in March/April 2018, where they will have the opportunity to develop their ideas to market readiness with the support of Volkswagen and the City of Dresden's business development team.
  • 12/07/17
    Technology

    Media Workshop Digitalisation in Production and Logistics at Volkswagen

    The Volkswagen brand is facing one of the biggest revolutions in its history: Computers, robots and the internet penetrate all areas of work and life. Our environment has changed dramatically and rapidly in recent years – socially, politically and technologically. And this trend continues: Digitalisation and the internet will revolutionise the automotive industry. However, not only the product will be affected, but vehicle production will also be transformed in the future.
  • 03/22/17
    Technology

    At CeBIT 2017: Transparent Factory launches start-up incubator program in Dresden

    Volkswagen's Transparent Factory in Dresden is supporting innovative business ideas connected with the future of mobility. Together with the Economic Development Department of the City of Dresden, start-ups in future-oriented fields such as fleet management, car sharing, concierge and navigation/parking services as well as smart home services are to be supported. For this purpose, the Transparent Factory launched a start-up incubator program at CeBIT 2017 in Hanover today. This program is being implemented together with the Volkswagen Group IT Ideation Hub. In the presence of Dr. Martin Hofmann, CIO Volkswagen Group, Kai Siedlatzek, Managing Director of Volkswagen Sachsen responsible for Finance & Controlling, Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Economic Development Department of the City of Dresden, and Dr. Jennifer Sarah Geffers, Head of Ideation Hub, launched the website (https://ideationhub.de) on which young start-ups can submit their applications by symbolically touching a button. The objective is that the start-ups should develop their ideas right through to market maturity at the Transparent Factory.
  • 06/01/16
    Company

    FAST strategy conference: Volkswagen Group lays foundations for the future with its suppliers

    With its "Volkswagen Future Automotive Supply Tracks" (FAST) initiative, the Volkswagen Group is aiming for more intensive strategic interchange with its suppliers with a view to forging ahead even more strongly with future-oriented technologies. At the first "FAST Summit" strategy conference, held in Berlin, the FAST partners discussed key topics and projects of the next few years with Board of Management members and representatives of the Volkswagen Group and its brands. Together with its suppliers, the Volkswagen Group is laying the foundations for the future of the automobile.
  • 05/30/16
    Company

    MAN Truck & Bus participates in logistics startup FR8 Revolution Inc.

    MAN Truck & Bus AG invests up to $8.5 million in the U.S. company FR8 Revolution Inc. ("Fr-eight"). The startup based in Silicon Valley in the U.S. has developed a comprehensive "operating system" for a connected transportation industry that will be launched in the second quarter of 2016. The IT platform will provide shippers, carriers, and truck drivers with a uniform and transparent platform for planning cargoes based on real-time data.
  • 02/29/16
    Volkswagen Group News

    Volkswagen Group makes digitalization a main topic

    The Volkswagen Group is sending a clear message about the mobility of the future from the Geneva International Motor Show. CEO Matthias Müller announced three new "Volkswagen Group Future Centers" in Europe, Asia and California at the Group Night event. Designers and digitalization experts will work together on the car of the future at these centers. "We are realigning our Group Design for the digital era", Müller said. In addition, an "autonomous driving" offensive has been started with the aim of bringing this core technology to market maturity faster than the competition.

Stories

07/15/19
Technology

“Self-driving Cars Present a Great Opportunity”

Alexander Hitzinger, Board of Management member for Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, is responsible for developing autonomous driving at the Volkswagen Group. In an interview, he talks about the cooperation with Ford, technological challenges and future business models.
06/18/19
Company

“Define own software standards”

Volkswagen Group is increasing its capabilities in the digitization of its vehicles: the share of the software developed for cars is to rise to at least 60 percent by 2025, from ten percent today. The new “Car.Software” unit will be responsible for essential parts of software development for vehicles and cloud platforms in all brands and regions. Christian Senger, member of the board of management of Volkswagen and responsible for Digital Car & Services, explains the new software strategy.
06/05/19
Company

Four billion euro for digitalization

Volkswagen presents the “digital transformation roadmap”: 2,000 digital jobs are to be created, agile working methods improved, and IT processes should relieve employees even more in the future.
04/25/19
Technology

The Vehicle will become our living space

The car of the future will become our intelligent assistant: it will prepare the journey for us, support us and understand what we want. The experts at Volkswagen Electronics Development are working hard to make this goal a reality. Part 4 of our series on user experience trends.
04/18/19
Company

"Department 73" has started

More than 1,500 candidates had applied. On April 1, 2019, the first 100 participants officially started the innovative program “Faculty 73.” In two years’ time, they will start as software developers for the automotive industry.
11/19/18
Company

The race toward autonomous driving

Volkswagen Group is investing around EUR 44 billion by 2023 in key technologies to shape mobility in the future. In an interview with the German sunday paper “Welt am Sonntag” (18th of November 2018), CEO Herbert Diess describes the steps to making driverless cars a reality.