In an effort to offer the best electric and autonomous self-driving cars, Volkswagen plans to design its own computer chips. Similar to what we’ve seen from Apple and Tesla, VW thinks it̵
It is clear that the world is still struggling with a shortage of silicon and supply will be a problem in the short term. But in the long run, making its own chips means VW can improve and upgrade the technology as it sees fit, rather than around processor manufacturers’ timeline.
According to Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s Chief Executive, “To achieve optimum performance in light of the high demands placed on it cars, software and hardware must come from a single source. “
Keep in mind that the report states that VW wants to design and develop its computer chips, not from scratch. The group’s software unit Cariad would develop the hardware, software and innovations and then send them to semiconductor groups. However, Volkswagen wants to own some of the patents if possible.
Regardless, such a move could help position VW as a leader in autonomous vehicles and give it an edge over the competition as this technology evolves. VW plans to bring its full self-driving system to market by 2025.