Volkswagen Group predict new era
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.”
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