The head of the German automaker’s luxury unit Audi said on Tuesday that Volkswagen plans to develop most of the software needed for autonomous cars in-house.
Markus Duesmann, who sits on Volkswagen’s board of directors, where he is responsible for research and development as well as managing Audi, said the automaker did not explicitly deny cooperation in some areas.
“But in the future we will do most of the software on our own,” he said at an industry event.
Asked whether Volkswagen is looking at Alphabet’s Google as a benchmark in software development, Duesmann said he wanted to be at least at the same level.
“We accept the challenge,” he added.
Daimler and Volkswagen are working on their own operating systems for autonomous cars to make sure they have a chance to compete in the field of electric vehicle data with major tech firms like Apple and Amazon.
Despite calls to team up with rivals, Volkswagen plans to go alone so far, pointing to its position as the world’s second largest automaker.
“We have a dimension that initially makes us want to collaborate with ourselves,” said Duesmann, adding that Volkswagen is confident that Volkswagen can set new standards in software development.
The Audi manager added that if other companies wanted to agree with these standards, they would be able to do so.
Volkswagen pooled its software competence into the newly created Car.Software.Org unit, which employs around 5,000 people and develops the VW.OS operating system.