Experience: “We are familiar with the complexity of the automobile – this distinguishes us from competitors outside the industry,” says Senger. Volkswagen has decades of experience in vehicle development and production. In the coming years, the Car.Software organization will invest more than seven billion euros in its activities. “This is a strong undertaking,” says Senger.
Control: “Volkswagen wants to retain control of the entire vehicle architecture – that includes the electronics,” emphasizes the CEO of the Car.Software organization. This is the only way to ensure long-term competitiveness. “For this reason alone, we cannot give third parties complete access to data in our vehicles.” Future digital value creation should remain within the company.
Economies of Scale: “Software develops its potential with the increasing number of vehicles. This applies to cost advantages, but also to learning from data. We have this scaling advantage on our side,” says Senger. With around 11 million vehicles sold in 2019 alone, the Group has excellent prerequisites in terms of size. “Volkswagen is in the best position to develop its own software platform.”
In order to make optimum use of economies of scale, VW.OS will in future provide a standardized operating system for the Group’s car brands – with the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud as the technical backbone. “The Automotive Cloud is technically ready to go. We are expanding its range of functions and preparing to connect the first vehicle models,” says Senger.