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Classics VW wants to update e-car software by radio every three months

17:18  03 march  2021
17:18  03 march  2021 Source:   de.reuters.com

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Hamburg (Reuters) - After initial teething problems, Volkswagen wants to keep its e-car software regularly up to date via the Internet in the future.

FILE PHOTO: A Volkswagen logo is pictured in a production line at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg © Reuters / FABIAN BIMMER FILE PHOTO: A Volkswagen logo is pictured in a production line at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg

"All ID.3 and ID.4 that roll off the production line from now on are already over-the-air Be able to update ", said VW boss Ralf Brandstätter on Wednesday on LinkedIn. The system is currently being tested on the company cars of Group employees. The latest software version should then be installed on the customer vehicles in the summer. In the future, such updates will enable car owners to extend the range of their battery or to book certain services for an additional charge.

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The updates are intended to ensure that the software is kept up to date with a new car. "This also means that our ID.Models keep getting better over their life cycle," said Brandstätter. Volkswagen had to postpone the start of its first completely newly developed ID.3 e-model last year due to software problems. The first vehicles did not have all functions on board either. The heads-up display, for example, via which certain displays are projected into the windshield, only got later versions.

software updates via the Internet (over the air) are a decisive competitive factor because they eliminate the need for workshop visits. The US electric car manufacturer Tesla has been offering this for a long time. The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, which belongs to the Chinese Geely Group, also wants to offer such software updates.

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