Volkswagen, Aeris create connected-car joint venture

Volkswagen, Aeris create connected-car joint venture

Ventic to develop connectivity solutions for VW cars starting with the 2020 model year.

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Auburn Hills, Michigan – Volkswagen Group of America and Internet of Things (IoT) technology developer Aeris are forming Ventic LLC, a joint venture to develop and operate of connected vehicle platform technologies.

Ventic is jointly 51% owned by VW and 49% owned by Aeris. The company will focus on Volkswagen brand vehicles in North America, starting with the launch of the next generation Car-Net in most 2020 vehicles.

Ventic’s customizable approach gives Volkswagen the ability to manage connected car programs on a single platform, while preserving the ability to adapt solutions based on region or vehicle model.

“Volkswagen is committed to connected vehicle technology, as we see a future where all cars are 100% connected at all times,” said Abdallah Shanti, Global CIO, Volkswagen Brand, and Member of the Board, Ventic LLC. “Our connectivity platform expands beyond remote services and vehicle safety and security.”

Shanti says the system’s flexibility enables new business models by allowing services through third parties, and the technology is foundational for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.

Ventic platform benefits:

  • Service flexibility, speed: Microservices-based platform architecture offers fast, flexible introduction of new services which parallel the development of a new application on a compatible smartphone.
  • Operational efficiency: Mobility across cloud platforms, as required by business needs and geographical restrictions with built-in system monitoring and operational key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Customer experience: Improves response times, optimized end-to-end system from wireless connection to telematics applications

“The connected vehicle is at the center of the game-changing trends in the industry – autonomous, electric, shared,” said Raj Kanaya, General Manager of Automotive and Chief Marketing Officer, Aeris, and Member of the Board, Ventic LLC.