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CARIAD, the Volkswagen Group’s software company, has chosen Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to supply system-on-chips (SoCs) for CARIAD’s software platform designed to enable assisted and automated driving functions up to Level 4. With Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance SoCs, the VW Group will be able to deliver a range of secure and scalable automated driving functions. 

The SoCs from Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Ride Platform portfolio will be hardware components in CARIAD’s scalable compute platform, which is targeted for VW’s vehicles from the middle of the decade.

Established in 2020 under the name Car.Software Organisation, around 5,000 engineers and developers around the world are now working at CARIAD to build a uniform software platform for all brands of Volkswagen Group, which includes a unified and scalable architecture, an operating system and automotive cloud. 

CARIAD CEO, Dirk Hilgenberg, says: “The connected and automated car of the future is a high-performance computer on wheels. Behind it lies enormously complex computing power. With our automated driving solutions, we are striving to let customers take their hands off the steering wheel in the future. Our software and Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance SoCs are the perfect match to bring this new automotive experience to customers around the world.”

“We look forward to supporting CARIAD and its suppliers to deliver scalable and secure automated driving functions for Volkswagen Group vehicles through their selection of our open and programmable Snapdragon Ride Platforms,” adds Nakul Duggal, senior vice president & GM, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “As the amount of innovation and complexities increase, strong collaborations such as ours with CARIAD are a necessity to not only address aggressive time-to-market goals, but to deliver safe and reliable automated driving experiences for all.”


CARIAD develops automated driving functions up to Level 4 based on Snapdragon Ride Platforms. 

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