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Volkswagen Group IT expands know-how for the development of digital customer offerings

The Volkswagen Group is expanding its IT know-how for the development of digital customer offerings. Group IT has significantly strengthened its Digital Lab in Berlin and has doubled the number of employees since the Lab was inaugurated in October 2016. Currently, some 70 IT specialists work there and the team is due to expand to about 120. Team members include programmers, data scientists, software designers and developers; they are working on topics such as new services for the networked vehicle. The Digital Lab is part of a worldwide network of competence centers where the Volkswagen Group is stepping up its involvement in all future-oriented digital fields.

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Volkswagen Group deliveries reach all-time high

The Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles than ever before in fiscal year 2017: 10.74 million customers worldwide chose a vehicle from the Volkswagen Group. As a result, Group deliveries rose 4.3 percent compared with the previous year. At almost one million units, deliveries in December were up by a clear 8.5 percent. Matthias Müller, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, said: "The all-time record for deliveries is above all attributable to a strong team performance by all Group brands and employees. We are grateful to our customers for the trust these figures reflect. We will continue to do everything we can in 2018 to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers all over the world."

Volkswagen Group and leading self-driving technology company, Aurora, announce strategic partnership at CES 2018

The Volkswagen Group defined its goal of becoming a global leader in autonomous driving with its dedicated Self-Driving System (SDS) in its future program "TOGETHER – Strategy 2025". This strategic direction builds on a long tradition for the Volkswagen Group as a leader in the fields of automated vehicle and advanced mobility technologies. In 2005, a Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab-Stanford University team claimed victory at the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, which is widely considered the dawn of the automated vehicle era.

A visit to Volkswagen's AI experts: "Machines that can think are only for the movies"

Can computers or robots think? Could they have a consciousness? When specialists from the Volkswagen Group IT Data Lab talk about their work, they often hear questions like this. Here, at the Data Lab, an international team is working on the development of self-learning programs. In future, their development work could provide better support for their colleagues at the office and factory in many corporate processes. However, one thing is important for the Volkswagen specialists: if you are looking for machines that can think, you will find them in Hollywood rather than in the Data Lab.


Volkswagen presents intelligent assistance systems

"Kids dreams" takes the example of the Golf to show how Volkswagen thinks of the safety of all road users – including those not sitting in the car – in the development of its vehicles. The film underlines the fact that intelligent assistance systems such as those of the Golf significantly improve road safety and prevent accidents. The systems help the driver master critical situations very well or even avoid them completely.

Volkswagen Group Italia launches: VGI Welcare

Volkswagen Group Italia, subsidiary of the German car maker introduces a broad  welfare program, named VGI Welcare, aiming to support the employees in balancing their professional and family needs. For the first time they are given the opportunity – on a voluntary basis – to  totally or partly transform the productivity bonus in a wide range of goods or services without any fiscal charge. Also their spouse, children, parents, parents-in-law, sons- and daughters-in-law, brothers and sisters can benefit from it, even if they are not dependent or cohabitant. VGI Welcare has three fields of application: education and assistance, health and social services, culture and entertainment.The extension of the healthcare policy to the household is a further innovation introduced in 2017.

Matthias Müller: We have launched the biggest change process in Volkswagen’s history

Matthias Müller, the CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, presented “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025”, the Company's vision for the next decade, to approximately 3,000 shareholders at the 56th Annual General Meeting in Hanover in Hall 3 of Messe Hannover.

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