VW begins over-the-air software program replace for its ID electrical car line

VW has announced the launch of its over-the-air software update for its ID range of electric vehicles.

It is an important step for the German automaker to address its software problems.

Aside from Tesla, no automaker has really found out about over-the-air software updates.

A good example is Porsche, which recently announced a recall for all Taycans for a software update that the automaker couldn’t seem to do over the air, despite citing capacity as a key attribute for its premium electric vehicle.

Additionally, Volkswagen is known for having broader issues with its software in its new ID electric vehicle range.

This was particularly a problem with the introduction of the ID.3. We’ve seen images like this one of hundreds of early ID.3 electric cars that have had their software updated:

In comparison, when Tesla updates a fleet of vehicles, it looks like the aliens will land.

Now Volkswagen is announcing its over-the-air software program today, with the first update coming this month for ID.3 vehicles:

Volkswagen is taking the next big step towards becoming a software-oriented mobility provider: starting this summer, the brand will be sending regular software updates “over-the-air” to models in its ID. Family. This makes Volkswagen the first and only volume manufacturer to make this innovative technology available to its customers on a broad basis. The ID.3 is the first model to benefit: The latest software version “ID.Software2.3” will be delivered to “First Movers Club” customers in July 2021 via mobile data transmission.

VW hasn’t offered too many details on what the update will bring beyond these comments:

The update includes adjustments and improvements to operation, performance and convenience. Updates for all ID.3, ID.4 and ID.4 GTX customers will follow gradually. In future, Volkswagen will use the software in its ID. Cars every 12 weeks.

Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, is very excited to see what the company can achieve with this new ability:

Volkswagen is moving up a gear when it comes to digitization. After the successful roll-out of our fully electric ID. Family, the brand is once again a pioneer: We are creating a completely new, digital customer experience with new functions and more convenience – every 12 weeks. This makes us the first large-scale manufacturer to provide extensive over-the-air updates on a regular basis. This is an important milestone in the implementation of our ACCELERATE strategy, which is preparing Volkswagen for the networked, digital mobility of the future.

His comments are in line with the broader efforts of the VW Group, led by Herbert Diess, who are calling for a greater focus on software.

Diess even created a team to “catch up with Tesla’s lead in software”.

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