From 2026, all Volkswagen Group brands will rely on Qualcomm SoCs for the implementation of autonomous driving functions up to level 4. I had already done it on Monday Handelsblatt reported about it, it is now official. In turn, Volkswagen continues to develop the software with German automotive supplier Bosch.
Like BMW, Volkswagen relies on Qualcomm
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess was personally at Qualcomm’s San Diego headquarters a few days ago for the final negotiation and signing of the deal, it was reported Monday. Handelsblattfollowed by official press releases on Tuesday afternoon.
After BMW, VW is the second German carmaker to use Snapdragon Ride family SoCs (technical details) for the development of autonomous driving systems. Mercedes-Benz has once again entered into a collaboration with Nvidia.
sea Handelsblatt The 5-year contract is said to be worth $ 1 billion and is purely for the supply of the hardware. Volkswagen develops the software with the Cariad software unit, on the other hand with Bosch. Cariad is already developing an operating system for cars that will be uniform across all brands, which is expected to be ready for series production in 2025. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are developing the software for autonomous driving functions in collaboration with Qualcomm and Nvidia.
No revenue sharing and more flexibility
Mercedes-Benz will not only have to pay Nvidia for hardware and software development, but will also have to surrender up to 40% of sales with autonomous software functions Handelsblatt and quotes from the VW Group that Qualcomm was the only potential partner willing to cooperate on an equal footing.
With its own software platform for autonomous driving, VW appears to be flexibly positioned for the future as well. Because although VW and Bosch are initially developing on Qualcomm, there is obviously no contract regarding the replacement of the hardware partner, just a software adjustment. VW hasn’t ruled out semiconductor development in the future.
As a result of the deal, Audi will change – the VW brand recently partnered closely with Nvidia.