Volkswagen’s subsidiary dedicated to infotainment systems, Die Volkswagen Infotainment, is set to establish a new development center at its technology campus in Bochum, Germany, which will bring together three previously dispersed development groups. The subsidiary develops software solutions and digital components for VW Group vehicles, with a focus on passenger cars, including integrated modem units for connected car applications.
“With our new development center, we want to bring our employees together at a central facility in the future. This will make for greater cohesion and boost the efficiency of the entire organization,” said Bernhard Krausse, managing director and spokesman of Volkswagen Infotainment. “This way, we are laying a firm foundation for continuing to develop digital high-tech products for the automobile of the future.”
Currently, Volkswagen Infotainment works at three locations in the city of Bochum with a total of around 700 employees, including the Bochum University campus. The new complex is to include an engineering center, a vehicle test hall, an audio laboratory and agile working areas with space initially for 800 employees. There is also the possibility of a second stage with a significantly larger number of workplaces.
VW said the Bochum site is set to play a key role in the future software strategy of the Volkswagen Group which is in the process of pooling all of its software activities under a new Car.Software organization to develop significantly more software and digital products for its cars in-house.