E-mobility, autonomous driving, connectivity – in nearly all major fields of future development, software plays a central role. Volkswagen has therefore been forging ahead with digital transformation for some time now and is gradually developing into a global mobility provider. At the same time, the brand is deepening its cooperation with suppliers that develop software for the automotive industry. The aim is clear: the vehicles of the ID. family are set to make use of the full potential of digitalization – from continuous contact with the internet to over-the-air updates and upgrades.
One of the companies working on the digitalization of the I.D. is Elektrobit (EB). The globally active software provider is based in Erlangen, Germany, but has branch offices in ten countries, including the US, India, China and Japan. Some 2,900 employees are involved in the development of software for cars. “Our products are found everywhere in the vehicle where systems need to be operated and controlled intelligently and efficiently,” says EB’s Managing Director Alexander Kocher. This ranges from their rather simple use for power windows or windshield wipers to highly complex software programs for driver assistance systems, traffic sign detection, navigation and entertainment systems, as well as digital user interfaces and cyber security. The company boasts some impressive figures: software from Elektrobit runs in roughly 100 million cars and controls the operation of roughly a billion devices.