From this summer, Volkswagen will regularly send software updates ‘Over-the-Air’ to models in its ID. family of EVs. This makes Volkswagen the first and only high-volume manufacturer to make this innovative technology available to its customers on a broad basis.
The first model to benefit is the ID.3: the latest software version ‘ID.Software2.3’ will be delivered to ‘First Movers Club’ customers via mobile data transfer in July 2021.
The update includes adjustments and improvements to operations, performance and comfort. Updates for all ID.3, ID.4 and ID.4 GTX customers will follow gradually.
The software updates are delivered via mobile data transfer, straight to the central high-performance computers in the ID. models.
In the future, Volkswagen will update the software in its ID. cars every twelve weeks.
Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, says: “Volkswagen is moving up a gear when it comes to digitalisation. After the successful roll-out of our all-electric ID. family, the brand is once again leading the movement: we are creating a totally new, digital customer experience with new functions and greater comfort – every twelve weeks. This makes us the first high-volume manufacturer to regularly deliver extensive Over-the-Air Updates. This is an important milestone in the implementation of our ACCELERATE strategy, which is preparing Volkswagen for the connected, digital mobility of the future.”
“Cars that always have the latest software on board and offer an excellent digital customer experience are extremely important for the future success of the Volkswagen brand,” adds , member of the Board of Management for Development at Volkswagen. “We established the agile project unit ID. Digital specifically to enable us to continuously update software in the car. As such, we are able to quickly gather customer feedback and react flexibly to customer requirements. This means the ID. models remain constantly up to date after delivery, and customer cars retain their value better.”
With Over-the-Air Updates of the software, the Volkswagen brand is laying the foundations for new business models – as laid out in the ACCELERATE strategy.