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The Volkswagen daughter Cariad and Bosch work closely with the development of a software platform for automated driving.

  Software-Entwicklung für das autonome Fahren - Volkswagen-Tochter Cariad kooperiert mit Bosch © Cariad

In the development of technologies for cars of the future, Volkswagen uses cooperation with the supplier Bosch. The two companies are not only planning a joint venture for the equipment of battery factories. In addition, the VW subsidiary Cariad cooperates the recently as an independent unit-based software unit of the Group, with Bosch in the field of automated driving.

The aim is to "provide functions for vehicles of the brand groups of the Volkswagen Group, where riders can take the hands at times explicitly from the steering wheel," as the two partners communicate. Depending on the legal basis, autonomous driving after Level 3 is possible on the highway, depending on the legal basis. First features on the way there are to be installed in 2023 in cars.

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Software also for other manufacturers

a software platform that is jointly developed, should form the technical basis. In addition to the cars of the Group brands, the technologies should be made accessible to other manufacturers. The opening of the Volkswagen Group for new cooperations is already evident in the agreement with Ford; The US manufacturer will use the MEB for upcoming electric cars.

Bosch Managing Director Dr. Markus Heyn explains: "The way to the driverless driving takes place for cars in private property step by step - at Bosch we have been working successfully for years. Together with Cariad we now speed up the market launch of partial and highly automated driving functions in all vehicle classes and make them available for everyone. " Dirk Hilgenberg, CEO of Cariad, also sees economic benefits of cooperation: "Automated Driving is a central future field of our industry. Through our cooperation, we will strengthen the innovation location Germany together."

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up to 1,000 professionals should work on various locations, especially in Stuttgart and Ingolstadt, to develop automated driving. The focus is above all the computer technology for the quick survey, analysis and processing of data that can provide sensors and cameras. The use of artificial intelligence should also help.

A learning computer program

Future systems for autonomous driving will constantly train. Data collected in real road traffic can incorporate into the development of the software. This makes it possible to reflect more and more traffic situations on the basis of which actions are derived from the vehicle functions.

A finish line did not set up Bosch and Cariad when reaching autonomous driving to Level 3. The cooperation agreement also includes plans to further develop the systems for Level 4. On this automation stage, the driver only has to intervene in emergencies. Steering wheel and pedals could be retracted for more space in the interior and appear only if necessary.

In current VW vehicles you can optionally order the driving assist pack "Travel Assist". If it is activated, the vehicle holds the track, the speed and the distance to the preceding vehicle. With information from the navigation system and the cameras, speedomolimits or topographic circumstances are also recognized and the speed, for example, in local entrances or curves, are automatically adjusted.

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