In December 2019, foreign media reported on Volkswagen's alarming "massive software problems". According to the Manager Magazin, ID.3 will be built over several months without a complete software architecture. According to company reports, vehicles will be parked in specially rented parking lots. And only in the spring, service teams with mobile computer stations will have to install new software for the first 10,000 ID.3
"The new ID.3 will become the flagship car of the Volkswagen Group. Unfortunately, it is still being produced for months without full software. It was not planned that way," Von Michael Freitag.
The second wave of software installation previously planned for mid-May, with a total of more than 20,000 ID.3 to be converted, according to the Manager Magazin. Only after that, the newest software can be loaded into the new electric car with the help of updates “over the air”, as it was for a long time with the leader of the US automobile industry Tesla.
At the moment, it is known that Danish 1st Edition will be delivered only in August 2020. But it seems that the company VW didn't manage to solve all its problems. On January 15, 2020, one of the company's customers, who lives in the UK, TechFan/Twitter, shared an email. In an email from VW it was written that he should expect the ability to choose the settings specification and others details for his car in the spring of next year.
"Keep an eye out for price and specification details in early 2020. Then in spring of next year, we will be in touch again inviting you to purchase your ID.3 within a specific window of time."
I wonder how these wil look after sitting there sow long , great for the battery 🔋 to 🥴🥴🥴 pic.twitter.com/mv6OlTBSUN— Tesla_performance_3 (@teslaP3D) January 19, 2020
I now. Some other pictures. 👇🏻 😢. pic.twitter.com/vqxfYbCRFM— Tesla_performance_3 (@teslaP3D) January 19, 2020
In fact, the difficulties faced by VW are not unusual. After all, their main problem at the moment is not to create an EV, but to create a "Smart EV".
VW was faced with a shortage of enormous technical and financial resources. Traditional car makers lack highly qualified programmers. And it will be very difficult for them to make up for this shortcoming due to the fact that they don't have a main link.
Tesla's CEO Elon Musk is more than just a company executive. He is the person from whom the basic ideas and vision come, and most importantly, he understands how he will achieve his goals. He has an extraordinary mind, so he can easily understand any subtleties of his business, from management to production processes, including software development.
Tesla cars regularly receive over-the-air software updates that add new features and enhance existing functionality via Wi-Fi. When an update becomes available, customers receive a notification on their central touchscreen with the ability to install immediately or on a schedule for later.
It was always very important for Tesla to have the best of the best in its team. Otherwise, the tasks set by the company will be impossible to complete. Other car companies have long been trying to develop software that could at least be a bit like Tesla's software. But, as we see, now none of them can do this.
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