Volkswagen team up With Bosch for Automated Driving Software
Volkswagen’s software division Cariad and the autos manufacturer Bosch have entered into a partnership to create software for automated driving software used in Volkswagen’s passenger cars. The two companies announced the partnership in an announcement jointly issued today, Tuesday. The software will allow for “Level 2 autonomous driving’ that is hands-free driving in urban, rural areas, and along the motorway and also an “Level 3 system which will take over all driving tasks in the motorway. Level 2 driving would be integrated into Volkswagen cars by 2023.
Its software, as well as parts, may be utilised by other automakers. The statement was added but did not specify when this might happen. The collaboration marks the second significant cooperation announced this year by the two firms that announced they would be forming jointly owned ventures towards the end of the year to provide batteries cell manufacturing facilities with equipment.
The companies didn’t disclose the amount they would invest in the partnership. Both Volkswagen and Bosch have combined their software divisions into one unit to enhance their offerings to compete, led mainly by Tesla and companies such as Alphabet increasing their involvement in the automotive sector. Volkswagen is aiming for its software business, Cariad, to supply 60 percent of the software used for Volkswagen vehicles by 2025. This increased from 10 percent when it was first established in 2020.
However, talent competition is intense. The cost of creating software from scratch when numerous carmakers also need money for battery development indicates that some are seeking partnerships. Bosch and Daimler have announced that they would create an automated driving fleet to achieve Level 5 automated driving that gives the vehicle full control. However, the partnership was canceled in 2021, just months after Daimler’s CEO outlined the risk and high cost.