CARIAD, Volkswagen’s software and technology company, and TomTom will co-develop an enhanced navigation product for the Volkswagen Group. This multi-year deal between TomTom and the Volkswagen Group will cover all markets globally excluding China and is the next step of their longstanding cooperation.

CARIAD will be responsible for the development of the navigation UI/UX as well as the map visualization. It aims to integrate the navigation tightly into its vehicle platforms to enhance the user experience across the Volkswagen’s Group’s infotainment and driver assistance systems. By leveraging the group’s global fleet size and data, CARIAD will continuously improve the quality and coverage of the navigation services. By 2030, it aims to connect up to 40 million vehicles around the world to the Volkswagen Group’s Automotive Cloud.

TomTom has developed a navigation solution that will integrate into the Volkswagen Group’s digital cockpits, enabling frequent over-the-air updates. TomTom’s cloud-native navigation solution takes advantage of fast up-to-date routing and real-time traffic information to provide guidance and accurate arrival times. When no data connection is available, the solution automatically switches to its onboard software, ensuring availability at all times.

The solution is currently in co-development by the two companies and is expected to launch in select EVs from 2023. These models will benefit from EV range and routing accuracy. The solution will also incorporate lane level navigation and lane dependent traffic as well as an advanced, personalized, EV experience.