Volkswagen strives for cooperation in software
Volkswagen (VW) has expressed an interest in partnering with other automobile manufacturers to share platforms and develop software, VW CEO Herbert Diess told the German news website Der Spiegel on Friday (September 9th).
“We are open to discussion and ready to share our platform,” Diess said, adding that it was not ruling out anything, including working with direct competitors like BMW or Daimler, the report said.
The VW boss said it was important that the local automotive industry worked together and not just relied on business with Apple, Google and Tesla.
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“If Europe loses data sovereignty in the auto business, we will make ourselves completely dependent on high-tech companies from the USA or China,” Diess told Spiegel.
He noted the high overheads and one-off costs associated with developing operating systems and software for new high-tech products, especially those that require extensive research and testing before they can be manufactured, such as self-driving cars. Regardless, Diess stressed the importance of incorporating technology into as many cars as possible, the report said.
At the IAA, BMW Board Member for Development Frank Weber called on the three major German automobile manufacturers to work together on software development.
Weber said it was inefficient, and possibly unsuccessful, to have every company run on its own operating system. After all, suppliers such as Bosch or Continental would have to program components that fit every manufacturer.
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“We can imagine developing certain standards and software components together,” says Harald Kröger, Managing Director of Mobility Solutions at Bosch.
From the development of individual components to acquisition, there are numerous opportunities for cooperation, according to Diess, according to the report.