By now, you’ve probably heard of the software issues Volkswagen had with the new Golf 8. It had to temporarily halt customer deliveries in order to fix a bug related to the emergency call function. The Golf’s sister model, the Skoda Octavia, unsurprisingly had the very same problem, which has since been solved for both cars.
It’s not the only software-related problem the VW Group had to deal with in recent months as shipment to customers of certain versions of the ID.3 electric hatchback will be pushed back. The German automotive conglomerate ran into issues with the infotainment system and the head-up display of the Group’s first model to ride on the MEB platform developed for electric vehicles. It’s the same architecture that will underpin the Q4 E-Tron and Q4 Sportback E-Tron.
Because of these issues with two crucial products, it’s no wonder German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported earlier this week about VW’s decision to name a new head of software development to replace Christian Senger. Now, Automotive News Europe has learned from VW Group chairman, Herbert Diess, that Audi will take the role as the software development leader for the entire group:
“The center of gravity for software development will move from Wolfsburg to Ingolstadt.” As you may recall, Audi is also set to become the R&D leader for the entire VW Group following the Annual General Meeting set for July 31st. Further reinforcing Audi’s position within the group as the tech innovator is the recently announced Artemis project tailored to speed up the development of EVs for the entire conglomerate.
Coincidentally, Audi issued a press release today detailing how busy its R&D team was in 2019 when more than 1,200 patents were filed or more than three per day. Given the new positioning within the VW Group, expect more and more of the brands to feature Audi DNA in one way or another.