Volkswagen Chooses Qualcomm to Boost Level 4 Potential

Volkswagen’s software arm has turned to Qualcomm Technologies to help boost its driverless technology capabilities.

The automaker’s software company, CARIAD (contorted from CAR, IA m Digital), has announced today that Qualcomm will supply system-on-chips (SoCs) for its software platform designed to enable assisted and automated driving functions up to Level 4. The SoCs from the Snapdragon Ride Platform portfolio will feature in CARIAD’s standardized and scalable compute platform, which are targeted for Volkswagen Group vehicles from the middle of the decade.

Under the leadership of CEO Herbert Diess, Volkswagen last year presented its New Auto strategy, aimed at leading the group into an autonomous and sustainable mobility future. In future, the automaker hopes to span everything from manufacturing and selling vehicles, to producing battery cells and offering energy services, to providing mobility solutions and developing and continuously updating software.

CARIAD CEO Dirk Hilgenberg, said: “The connected and automated car of the future is a high-performance computer on wheels. Behind it lies enormously complex computing power. With our automated driving solutions, we are striving to let customers take their hands off the steering wheel in the future. Our software and Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance SoCs are the perfect match to bring this new automotive experience to customers around the world.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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