The future of mobility is emerging at the Golden Gate Bridge, at the Brandenburg Gate and near the Forbidden City: San Francisco, Berlin and Peking are among the locations where experts from the Volkswagen Group are meeting the challenges of the digital world.
They are already currently developing self-driving cars, new mobility services and customized software solutions at 37 competence centers and IT labs throughout the world. And the number of think tanks will continue to increase.
Matthias Müller, Chief Executive of Volkswagen Group, says: “Our industry is undergoing a profound change process. The Volkswagen Group is in the midst of transforming itself from an automobile manufacturer into one of the world’s leading mobility companies.
At our IT labs and competence centers far removed from established structures, we are developing customized solutions for mobility of the future. In doing so, we are embracing digitalization and consistently putting customers at the center of our work.”
The competence centers and IT labs are operated by the Volkswagen Group or its Group brands and are making great advances in important forward-looking fields such as artificial intelligence, integration, virtual reality and mobility on demand.
Specialists also work with external partners on the development of new technologies. These experts come from other companies, from start-up ventures, universities and research organizations. Today there are already more than 2000 experts at the IT labs and competence centers in Europe, North America and Asia.
One of the most recent additions to the think tank family is the Metropolis:Lab Barcelona. A festive celebration in December sealed the collaboration of the SEAT Group brand with the Catalan metropolis. Beginning this year, specialists at the Metropolis:Lab Barcelona will develop apps and work on concepts related to intelligent and urban mobility.
New website for the Volkswagen Group www.volkswagenag.com brings you a wide range of information, reports, portraits and interviews all about the Volkswagen Group and its brands. The website also has a social media section with the latest tweets, posts and You Tube videos – the whole Group on one page. The new corporate website is completely responsive, so it is easy to access from mobile devices.