The future of mobility is being created in San Francisco, Berlin and Beijing where Volkswagen Group experts are working on beating the challenges of the digital world.
At 37 competence centres and IT labs around the world, Volkswagen has set up a global think tank that can develop the next generation of autonomous vehicles, new mobility services and tailor made software solutions. Volkswagen don’t want to stop there either, they want to increase the level of talent to help them become a market leader in the future of the automotive industry.
The think tank is moving forward in key future-oriented areas such as artificial intelligence, connectivity, virtual reality and mobility-on-demand. In developing the new technologies, the specialists will also co-operate with external partners from other companies, start-ups, universities and research institutes. More than 2,000 experts are already involved in projects for the Volkswagen Group and that number is still rising.
“We are grasping the opportunities offered by digitalisation and pushing the transformation of mobility forward. Our competence centres and IT labs play a key role. This is where we develop tailor-made solutions that will thrill our customers.”
MATTHIAS MÜLLER – CEO, VOLKSWAGEN GROUP
The think tank ties in heavily with the production of the Volkswagen Group Sedric concept – a fully autonomous vehicle with no cockpit allowing for more space and comfort, creating a living-room feeling inside a mobility-on-demand car.
Naturally, the Volkswagen Group’s experts will be looking at ways to improve their I.D. concepts before their release in 2020. Matthias Müller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, said, “Our industry is undergoing a profound change process. The Volkswagen Group is in the midst of transforming itself from an automobile manufacturer into one of the world’s leading mobility companies.”
As with the Sedric concept, VW sees the future of mobility with blurred lines between the idea of ownership and personalisation. Your Volkswagen User ID will store all your preferences, and when you summon a vehicle, it will feel just like the last car you were in. They see the future as a cross between luxury, customised experiences and an Uber-like service.
It’s likely that we will start seeing announcements coming from the Volkswagen Group Think Tank in the years running up to 2020 when they plan to launch their all-electric range of I.D. concepts.