Volkswagen tries to catch up with Tesla’s focus on software

There’s no doubt that even an old automaker like Volkswagen has a lot of catching up to do if it hopes to model Tesla’s over-emphasis on software. As a small solution, the German automaker now offers a programming school to help train and hire software professionals in anticipation of a software-based automotive future.

Sources: Volkswagen / Tesla

The Volkswagen College Programming School offers 73 internships for people interested in learning software and one day working for the auto giant, as detailed in a report last month from DW.

One of those students, Renee Korner, told the publication how software allowed him to return to the world of software after being forced to drop out of school and obtain functional waiting tables to support a family member with unexpected medical needs.

“The restaurant job was fun, but not satisfying,” Corner said. “A friend, who was writing her PhD thesis at Volkswagen, told me about this new programming school in Wolfsburg, College 73. It presented an amazing opportunity: a chance to work for Volkswagen and do things I really enjoyed doing.”

Korner completed his college 73 program last March and received a full-time offer from Volkswagen to do IT back office work.

“Right now, I’m just having fun. I want to grow more as a software developer, as a product owner. These are interesting times at VW where their focus is on electric cars. That’s just what I’ve ever wished for.”

Volkswagen’s programs extend to emerging IT professionals, software developers, and other talent that will be in demand as the industry transitions to software and electric vehicles — such as those that Tesla set as the standard.

And with Volkswagen recently announcing plans to use Argo AI self-driving software, it was reported earlier this month CarBuzzThe automaker will need all the software it can get if it hopes to catch up with everything Tesla has done.

Most companies’ current standards for autonomous driving can be traced back to Tesla’s business model, and its drive to create artificial intelligence solutions to problems on the road.

Tesla’s software is certainly far from perfect. to me JalopnikGerman courts even ordered Tesla to buy back the Model 3 from a buyer, who likened the autopilot system to a “drunk novice driver”.

However, no other company tests or tests autonomous driving or driver assistance systems as much as Tesla. Autopilot was introduced in 2016, the more powerful fully autonomous driving beta was shared in 2020, and later expanded to a wider audience in 2021.

Neither of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems are perfect (which some might expect at the massive $12,000 Beta FSD price point), but it’s worth noting that they are tested extensively and regularly, especially when compared to those of other automakers. Like Volkswagen.

Originally posted on EVANNEX. By Zachary Visconti


 


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