Volkswagen has announced that all of its ID. models will now receive regular software updates through mobile data transfer. Updates were previously only available as part of a test phase for customers who had registered with Volkswagen’s “ID. First Movers Club”, however the new ID. Software 2.3 offers new functions and optimises existing ones.
Volkswagen plans to provide its customers with free software approximately every 12 weeks to keep its vehicles up to date and improve the customer experience. Volkswagen is also aiming to generate increased revenue during the usage phase with new, data-based business models – for services and functions that the customer can now order as required, whenever these are needed. For example, this could be Travel Assist or improved battery performance for long journeys, or even automated driving features in the future.
The Over-the-Air Updates are being developed in close collaboration with CARIAD, the Volkswagen Group's software company. Some of the new functions will enhance the ID. Light, a light strip at the bottom of the windscreen. It now gives the driver information that can provide intuitive support for energy-saving driving, and when driving with the Active Cruise Control which allows automatic distance control.
Image processing has also been improved for the multifunction camera, allowing it to recognise motorcycles and other road users more quickly. The same applies when driving in the dark. If installed, dynamic main beam control allows even more precise headlight regulation. The graphics on the central infotainment display will become calmer and clearer, with more intuitive operation, which demonstrates how Volkswagen is reacting to feedback from its early ID. customers.
Commenting on the announcement, Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter said ““Full availability of our Over-the-Air Updates underlines the innovative capacity of Volkswagen and forms the basis for a completely new, digital customer experience. At the same time, we are laying the foundation for new digital business models and hitting a key milestone in our ACCELERATE strategy.”