VW creates New Mobility unit for software program, self-driving vehicles

BERLIN — Volkswagen’s passenger-car enterprise is reorganizing to mix the rising fields of electromobility and digitalization right into a “New Mobility” division underneath the management of Thomas Ulbrich, the model’s present improvement chief.

Within the new function, Ulbrich will likely be accountable for VW’s present ID battery-electric vehicles and future fashions that will likely be based mostly on VW Group’s new, extremely scalable SSP platform, together with the VW model’s upcoming full-electric, self-driving automotive being developed underneath the Trinity venture.

Ulbrich will even be a part of the supervisory board of Cariad, VW’s software program unit, tasked with guaranteeing shut cooperation between Cariad and VW model’s improvement division.

VW model CEO Thomas Schaefer stated the restructuring is aimed toward creating a robust basis for “systematically driving ahead the corporate’s transformation towards a software-oriented mobility supplier.”

With the brand new division, “we’re bundling the strategic motion areas of electrical mobility and software program, thereby growing our tempo of innovation,” Schaefer stated in a statement on Tuesday

Software program troubleshooter

Ulbrich made his status as a troubleshooter at VW after rescuing the ID3 compact electrical hatchback, the primary of the automaker’s new era of EVs, after its launch was hit by software program glitches.

An engineer, Ulbrich, 56, joined VW in 1992. He takes up the brand new function on Oct. 1. Ulbrich was an Automotive Information Europe Eurostar in 2019.