Audi opens technology park in Ingolstadt
The Incampus technology park in the south-east of Ingolstadt is home to Audi’s new vehicle safety centre and a data centre, as well as the largest tech hub of Cariad, the software company in the Volkswagen Group. One of Cariad’s focal points at the Incampus is the development of software and electronic architecture for Audi and Porsche’s electric models, which are based on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE).
The first model on the PPE will be the electric Porsche Macan, which was actually supposed to be launched in 2023. However, software development at Cariad caused a delay until 2024, which, according to statements made by Group CEO Oliver Blume in the spring, also affects the PPE sister model Audi Q6 e-tron, which is also not expected to be released until 2024.
But let’s get back to the Incampus near the Danube: it is maintained by a joint venture between Audi and the city of Ingolstadt (through its associated company IFG AöR). The Ingolstadt University of Technology is also located there. Space for further companies and institutions will be created in subsequent construction phases, according to an accompanying company statement.
Audi CEO Gernot Döllner commented: “To shape the future of mobility, Audi needs strong partners and cooperation between politics and business. With the incampus, we’re creating the preconditions to bolster regional value creation and to work with partners like CARIAD on concrete solutions for our vision of the future of mobility.”
Cariad has been located on the campus since the end of 2020 with a Tech Hub, which is the software company’s largest location. More than 2,000 employees work in Ingolstadt “on tech stacks for all brands of the Volkswagen Group”, according to Audi. This includes the development of the digital driving experience, automated driving as well as tech platforms and cloud services, among other things.
Commenting on the PPE software development, Peter Bosch, CEO of Cariad, said: “At the incampus, CARIAD and Audi are working together on software that will represent a competitive edge for the Group. Together with Audi and Porsche, we’re developing the 1.2 electronics architecture here, the Volkswagen Group’s most important software architecture of the coming years. We’re utilizing modern work processes and tools for close collaboration and higher speed.”
The so-called ‘Automated Driving Alliance’, in which Cariad and partner Bosch jointly develop functions for automated driving, is also located on the new Ingolstadt campus.