From this July, Volkswagen will regularly send over-the-air (OTA) software updates to models in its ID. range of vehicles. The OEM revealed that its first model to receive OTA updates will be the ID.3. The all-electric compact will receive the latest version of its in-vehicle operating system, ID.Software2.3, in July 2021. Members of Volkswagen’s First Movers Club will be among the first recipients of this update upon its release. Updates for ID.3, ID.4, and ID.4 GTX customers will follow gradually. In the future, Volkswagen says it will deliver OTA software updates to its ID. cars every twelve weeks.

Volkswagen’s ID.Software2.3 update provides several software improvements for its ID. vehicles. These include enhanced ID.Light functionalities, optimized surroundings recognition, dynamic main beam control, improved operability and design modifications for the infotainment system, as well as improvements to the performance and stability of the vehicle.

This update, alongside future updates, will be delivered via mobile data transfer to the central high-performance computers (also known as the In Car Application Server) found in ID. vehicles. In the case of cars based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, these computers take on functions that were previously distributed across a host of control units in earlier vehicle generations. This new electronics architecture aims to simplify the exchange of data and functions between systems in the car. This makes it possible to reach, and update, up to 35 control units over-the-air.

These OTA software updates are among the first steps by Volkswagen as part of its Accelerate strategy. The aim for these updates is to eliminate the need for a customer to decide on the functions for their car when purchasing it (based on either personal preference, or the potential resell value of the vehicle). Another key component of achieving this goal will be the standardization of in-vehicle hardware.

In the future, additional functions and new technologies can be added after the vehicle purchase through OTA software updates.