Volkswagen Presents New Software to Aid in Accident Prevention

Volkswagen has announced they will launch a new software in 2020 that will make accidents less likely by 2050.  Their newest cars will be equipped with software, sensors and processors that enable vehicles to anticipate and avoid accidents, as well as to keep learning new reflexes.

The company wants to abolish accidents by 2050.  The new software operating system will be launched with Volkswagen’s ID3 electric car. The software will continually be updated with algorithm improvements.

“How quickly can data and algorithms improve? Our customers should benefit from deep learning every week, and every day. We are moving from being a device company to being a software company,” said Michael Jost, strategy chief.

Volkswagen has had some software issues with the ID3 in the past, with reports surfacing that the brand was forced to abandon a planned sales launch in the summer. Volkswagen has said the timeline hasn’t changed.

The ID3 will cost approximately $27,000, once green car tax breaks and incentives are included. The brand further expects to build 1.5 million electric cars by 2025. Volkswagen Group, whose brands also include Porsche, Audi, Skoda, Bentley and Bugatti, will launch 75 electric cars by 2029 and be capable of building 26 million vehicles.