Volkswagen Supervisory Board Demands More Ambitious Software Roadmap – Report


Volkswagen’s supervisory board has asked management to come up with a revamped plan for the automaker’s software division, which forms the backbone of its strategy but is facing problems.

Volkswagen’s supervisory board has called on management to present a reworked plan for the automaker’s software division, which forms the backbone of its strategy but is facing problems, two people familiar with the matter said. The board is awaiting an update at the last supervisory board meeting before the summer recess, one of the people said, adding that no date has yet been set. “What the council presented is not enough,” the other person said. Volkswagen declined to comment.

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Volkswagen has called its software division, which is central to its autonomous driving push, “the most ambitious project in our entire industry to tap into the most relevant profit pools of the future.”

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Cariad plans to challenge existing software incumbents including Apple and Tesla, but has encountered hurdles along the way, which could become a problem for VW boss Herbert Diess, who is responsible for unity on the board group administration.

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Spiegel first reported the news, without citing where he got the information from, adding that Cariad’s issues, which have delayed product launches at Europe’s top automaker, were discussed at a meeting. of the Supervisory Board on May 11.

Software has been a sore point for Europe’s biggest automaker since the use of illegal circumvention devices led to the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal in 2015, the biggest such case to date.

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