Volkswagen seeks collaboration on software
Volkswagen (VW) has expressed interest in partnering with other automakers to share platforms and develop software, VW CEO Herbert Diess told German news site Der Spiegel on Friday, September 9. .
“We are open to discussions and ready to share our platform,“ Diess said, adding that he was not ruling out anything, including working with direct competitors like BMW or Daimler, according to the report.
The VW boss said it’s important for the local auto industry to work together and not just depend on doing business with Apple, Google and Tesla.
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“If Europe loses data sovereignty in the auto sector, then we will make ourselves completely dependent on high-tech companies in the United States or China,” Diess said, according to Der Spiegel.
He pointed to the high overhead and one-time costs associated with developing operating systems and software for new, high-tech products, especially those that require significant research and testing before manufacturing, such as self-driving cars. Regardless, Diess stressed the importance of incorporating the technology into as many cars as possible, according to the report.
At the IAA motor show, Frank Weber, a member of BMW’s development board, called on the three major German automakers to work together on software development.
Weber said that each company working on its own operating system is not efficient and may not be successful. Suppliers like Bosch or Continental would ultimately have to program components that would suit each manufacturer.
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“We can imagine developing some standards and some software components together,” said Harald Kröger, general manager of mobility solutions at Bosch.
Diess said there are many opportunities for collaboration, from developing individual components to acquisition, according to the report.