The Volkswagen Group’s software company, CARIAD, announced its ambitious plan for China, marking the official establishment of CARIAD’s China subsidiary. The local team will drive and enhance the development of China-specific software products, including the co-development of the unified and scalable new software platform as well as ADAS and automated driving and next generation connectivity functions.

With the mission of ‘In China for China, from China to the world’, the local team will drive the development of China-specific software products. These include ADAS and automated driving, next-generation connectivity, intelligent cockpit and body concepts, big data, and operating systems. CARIAD teams in Europe and China will also work together on the new uniform and globally scalable software platform for all Group brands to reflect specific regional requirements. The whole technology stack is due to be rolled out by the middle of the decade, with Level 4 autonomous automated driving readiness.

Leveraging local talent is key to enhancing the company’s R&D competence in China. CARIAD is building a strong China team with software talents from Volkswagen Group China, as well as the Volkswagen and Audi brands, with an aim to double the team of 600 staff by end of 2023 – over 90% of whom will be from China. A nationwide distributed R&D network is also being built up, with Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hefei earmarked as initial hub locations.