Updated February 1st, 2024 at 15:17 IST

Volkswagen in talks with tech firms to build digital prototypes

Volkswagen is focused on generating early-stage prototypes in areas like AI-optimised charging cycles

Reported by: Business Desk
Volkswagen in talks with tech firms to build digital prototypes | Image:Volkswagen
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Digital Prototypes: German automotive maker Volkswagen is in talks with technology firms about collaborating to create new digital prototypes for products and features using artificial intelligence, according to an official company statement.

The company has founded a new 'artificial intelligence lab' to generate new product ideas, including possible cooperations with companies in the technology sector across China, North America and Europe, it said

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The carmaker is focused on generating early-stage prototypes in areas like AI-optimised charging cycles, predictive maintenance services and voice recognition.

"Exploratory talks are already underway with international tech companies on initial projects," it added.

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The lab will not be housed inside Volkswagen's software unit Cariad or a specific brand, with the view of moving faster than other processes within the company would, a spokesperson said.

Still, promising prototypes will be passed onto brands to prove and execute, and the supervisory board of the lab will include representatives from Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche.

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Cariad, which has struggled with years of delays and overhauls, is currently developing a restructuring plan which reportedly could involve cutting thousands of positions as the unit attempts to bring new software architectures onto the market.

(With Reuters Inputs)

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Published January 31st, 2024 at 16:40 IST