Volk­swa­gen Group pre­dict new era

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The au­to­mo­bile is ap­proach­ing a new era of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion that will have fun­da­men­tal im­pact on the mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture, Volk­swa­gen Ak­tienge­sellschaft man­age­ment board chair Pro­fes­sor Martin Win­terkorn said.

“The two ground-break­ing in­ven­tions, the au­to­mo­bile and the com­puter, are mov­ing closer to­gether. We need to shape the mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture in an even more in­tel­li­gent, more net­worked way,” Prof Win­terkorn said to a crowd in­clud­ing Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron in Hanover, Ger­many.

Prof Win­terkorn said the in­creas­ingly in­ten­sive net­work­ing of cars with their sur­round­ings and au­to­matic driv­ing would be the key topics for the in­tel­li­gent mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture.

“Our cars are al­ready mo­bile com­puter cen­tres, now we face the con­sid­er­able chal­lenge of mak­ing mo­bil­ity even more in­tel­li­gent and more net­worked to­gether with the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try,” he said.

He said in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try was trans­form­ing the way we live and work and people’s ex­pec­ta­tions of mo­bil­ity were chang­ing fun­da­men­tally.

Volk­swa­gen Group has re­cently launched an ini­tia­tive “Fu­ture Tracks” that will bring its bright­est people to­gether to find an­swers to the ma­jor chal­lenges faced by our in­dus­try.

He said that the Volk­swa­gen Group al­ready em­ployed 9300 highly qual­i­fied in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ists and was in­vest­ing about 3.8 bil­lion/year in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­cord­ing to Win­terkorn, the in­tel­li­gent car of the fu­ture re­quired the mod­erni­sa­tion of in­fra­struc­ture and the clar­i­fi­ca­tion of le­gal as­pects.

“The mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture will be worth­while for ev­ery­one con­cerned – es­pe­cially for con­sumers, who will ben­e­fit from cars that are even safer, more com­fort­able and more in­tel­li­gent.”

The ‘James 2025’ pro­to­type was pre­sented at CeBIT 2014 in the pres­ence of Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel

Chair­man of the Board of Man­age­ment speaks at CeBIT

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