VW has already been able to present exciting ideas this year. In addition to the VW ID.Aero, the VW ID.Buzz should also make the company’s coffers ring. Volkswagen apparently wants to tighten a few screws on its in-house software called Cariad. According to the automotive group, it plans to make its software more straightforward. The number one goal is to create a uniform system.
Cariad from VW to be ready by 2026 at the latest
With Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ŠKODA, SEAT, CUPRA, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche and Ducati, ten manufacturers belong to VW at once. This makes it all the more difficult, of course, to bring uniform software into being. Particularly in view of the great challenge of autonomous driving, which the long-established German company naturally also has to face, Cariad is likely to involve quite a bit of work. It is not just the sheer scope of functions that will be difficult for VW to master. The whole thing also has to be as uncomplicated as possible for the customer. The head of the Cariad development alliance for the planned central car IT system, Alf Pollex, now explained “The platform must be easy to update, frequently and with little customer interaction.”
Especially when autonomous driving comes into play, regular updates are likely to become much more important. Therefore, one can understand Pollex’s statements. But the high demands on Cariad also seem to be upsetting the original schedule. It will now take until about 2025 to complete the so-called development stage 2.0. At this stage of development, the various software solutions of the different brands are to be merged. Until then, the Group still has to reckon with a major financial burden. However, VW CEO Herbert Diess is confident that everything will be in place by 2026. That’s when VW’s new hope, the Trinity, is scheduled to go into production. In the course of this, we will probably also see the first promising solutions for autonomous driving from the Group’s vehicles.
A rocky road ahead
But how exactly does VW plan to transform its current development at Cariad? The focus is on centralizing the system. It would be necessary to adapt both the electronics in the vehicles and the IT in the development centers so that each individual component no longer has to be provided with a separate update. This approach is simply too cumbersome for older and current systems. Instead, with centralization in expansion stage 2.0, it must be possible to send entire update packages. This is the only way to meet the challenges of modern infotainment. But such updates are also important in the battle against the competition. Since this principle would save a lot of money, the vehicles could also be launched at competitive prices. We are curious to see what VW’s strategy will look like to get Cariad on the home stretch in the right direction.