Volkswagen has announced that, from this summer, the brand will regularly send software updates “Over-the-Air” to models in its ID. family.
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.
The first update for the all-electric ID. models comes with many functional improvements: these include enhanced ID. Light functionalities, optimised surroundings recognition and dynamic main beam control, improved operability and design modifications for the infotainment system, as well as performance and stability improvements.
The software updates are delivered via mobile data transfer, straight to the central high-performance computers in the ID. Models. In the case of cars based on the modern MEB platform, these take on functions that were previously distributed across a host of control units in earlier vehicle generations. The new electronics architecture simplifies the exchange of data and functions between systems in the car.
With this move, Volkswagen is taking the next big step towards becoming a software-oriented mobility provider, according to Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand.
“Volkswagen is moving up a gear when it comes to digitalisation. We are creating a totally new, digital customer experience with new functions and greater comfort – every twelve weeks,” he said. “This makes us the first high-volume manufacturer to regularly deliver extensive Over-the-Air Updates.”
The driving force behind the digitalisation of the brand is the close cooperation between ID. Digital and CARIAD, the Volkswagen Group’s car software organisation. This collaboration makes for a wealth of software expertise. The brand benefits from the company’s clout, whilst at the same time using the speed of the agile software company CARIAD.
ID. models will remain up to date at all times, even after delivery, which ultimately will lead cars to retain their value better. Updates for all ID.3, ID.4 and ID.4 GTX customers will follow gradually.
As WhichEV reported, Volkswagen thanks to its all-electric offensive has been rising through the charts and has become the top-selling brand in Europe.