VW is working to construct an working system that’s scalable throughout its manufacturers and able to frequent over-the-air updates to allow enhancements comparable to driver-assistance options — areas the place Tesla is nicely forward.
“We have vehicles starting from the entry level to the latest luxury Bentley, which of course have very different software and hardware needs,” Hilgenberg mentioned. “The layout for our next groupwide architecture is similar to what Tesla had initially brought in, but we wanted to jump a step further ahead. That means high integration, more computer power and of course a different scope,” Hilgenberg added.
VW’s supervisory board is worried about shortcomings at Cariad and is searching for an overhaul of the enterprise to hurry up decision-making, German media have reported.
Hilgenberg acknowledges that Cariad has skilled some issues creating the structure.
“The vehicle is much more complex than business applications, for example, so we have to make sure that data protection, security and safety is on a completely different level.”
One concern dealing with Cariad is the availability of standard over-the-air updates for shoppers.
“Cariad’s role is to work continuously on the releases, and the brands can then choose from this development and select their update cycles. But it has to be done in due process. We also do not want to overwhelm customers with an update every week,” he mentioned.
In addition to adapting to the fast-paced growth of autonomy and different connectivity points within the trade, Cariad additionally has to cope with the legacy of being a part of the sprawling VW empire.
“Transformation is an active process; it’s a lot of friction. But it’s 20 per cent technical challenge and 80 per cent change — mental change and cultural change,” Hilgenberg mentioned.