Volkswagen Scrambles To Catch Up To Teslas Focus On Software

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Volkswagen Scrambles To Catch Up To Teslas Focus On Software
Posted On: April 22, 2022

There’s no question that even a legacy car manufacturer like Volkswagen has a lot of catching up to do if it hopes to model Tesla’s hyperfocus on software. As one small solution, the German automaker is now offering a programming school to help train and hire software professionals in anticipation of a software-based automobile future. 


Volkswagen’s Faculty 73 programming school offers training for people interested in learning software and someday working for the auto giant, as detailed in a report last month from DW.
 
Rene Körner, one such student, recounted to the publication how the program let him move back into the software world after being forced to drop out of school and get a job waiting tables to support a family member with unexpected medical needs.


Körner finished the Faculty 73 program last March and gained a full-time offer from Volkswagen to do back-office I.T work.


Volkswagen’s programs extend to budding I.T professionals, software developers and other talents that will be needed as the industry moves to software and electric vehicles, like the ones Tesla has made standard.


And with Volkswagen recently announcing plans to use Argo A.I self-driving software, as reported by earlier this month by CarBuzz, the automaker’s going to need all the software help it can get if it hopes to catch up with all that Tesla has done.


Most companies' current standards for self-driving can be traced back to Tesla’s business model, and their move to create A.I solutions for problems on the road.


However, no other company is or has been testing autonomous driving or driver assistance systems to the extent that Tesla has. Autopilot was introduced in 2016, and the even-more-robust Full Self-Driving beta was shared in 2020, and later expanded to a wider audience in 2021.


Neither of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems is perfect, but it’s worth noting that they’re being tested widely and regularly, especially when compared with those of other automakers such as Volkswagen.


Source: Re-posted and Summarized from Zachary Visconti at evannex.


My Take: Good idea on Volkswagen's part. But even if Tesla stopped innovating, it would take 5 - 7 years for anyone to catch up to them. Fortunately Tesla isn't going to stand still and wait. 
 



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Volkswagen Scrambles To Catch Up To Teslas Focus On Software
Posted On: April 22, 2022

There’s no question that even a legacy car manufacturer like Volkswagen has a lot of catching up to do if it hopes to model Tesla’s hyperfocus on software. As one small solution, the German automaker is now offering a programming school to help train and hire software professionals in anticipation of a software-based automobile future. 


Volkswagen’s Faculty 73 programming school offers training for people interested in learning software and someday working for the auto giant, as detailed in a report last month from DW.
 
Rene Körner, one such student, recounted to the publication how the program let him move back into the software world after being forced to drop out of school and get a job waiting tables to support a family member with unexpected medical needs.


Körner finished the Faculty 73 program last March and gained a full-time offer from Volkswagen to do back-office I.T work.


Volkswagen’s programs extend to budding I.T professionals, software developers and other talents that will be needed as the industry moves to software and electric vehicles, like the ones Tesla has made standard.


And with Volkswagen recently announcing plans to use Argo A.I self-driving software, as reported by earlier this month by CarBuzz, the automaker’s going to need all the software help it can get if it hopes to catch up with all that Tesla has done.


Most companies' current standards for self-driving can be traced back to Tesla’s business model, and their move to create A.I solutions for problems on the road.


However, no other company is or has been testing autonomous driving or driver assistance systems to the extent that Tesla has. Autopilot was introduced in 2016, and the even-more-robust Full Self-Driving beta was shared in 2020, and later expanded to a wider audience in 2021.


Neither of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems is perfect, but it’s worth noting that they’re being tested widely and regularly, especially when compared with those of other automakers such as Volkswagen.


Source: Re-posted and Summarized from Zachary Visconti at evannex.


My Take: Good idea on Volkswagen's part. But even if Tesla stopped innovating, it would take 5 - 7 years for anyone to catch up to them. Fortunately Tesla isn't going to stand still and wait. 
 



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Trent of Fort Scott, KS
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David of San Rafael, CA
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I do feel sorry and sympathize with those who had such bad experience with
I do feel sorry and sympathize with those who had such bad experience with Tesla Motors. We now have two Tesla cars in the family, 2018 Model 3 and 2016 Model S. We absolutely love them, although sometimes one could feel after all this is a new technology and young car company, and desire some improvements especially in the service and customer support area. It took a while to get used to the simplicity, no more bells and whistles that we used to see in a car, no need to turn engine on and off, just get in, drive, and leave afterwards. :) All the updates are done over the air, some improvements are obvious and some subtle. No more trips to gas stations - we charge Model 3 at home (We do have solar panels installed, not from Tesla as a local company offered better deal), or at work occasionally. We charge the battery between 25% to 90% in order to extend the battery lifespan (8-year warranty), so we get about 180-200 miles between charging, not a problem at all for my wife who drives 10-15 miles round trip to work. I drive to office once a week. It is 70 miles from home, but there are 4 Tesla Supercharging stations along the way, charging speed at 250-350 miles/hour. So I drive the 2016 Model S that has lifetime unlimited supercharging, plus I can use carpool lane! (To use the carpool lane, one does need to get stickers from DMV for $22 in California.) The car is so responsive and fun to drive. Because of energy regeneration system, one rarely uses brakes. Some owners reported no change of brake pads till 90K miles! Only thing that might need to be replaced more often are the tires. We do keep one gas car at home for emergency or airport use (2014 MB E350), driving it reminds us how primitive automobiles used to be. :):)We had no issues with the Model 3 so far. The 2016 Model S had a warning for one of the 12 parking sensors. I used Tesla app in my phone to schedule an appointment. A service rep called beforehand to address my concerns. The service center in San Diego is very nice, everything went smoothly. While they were working on the sensor, I was provided with a complimentary loaner car (2018 Model S with 3000 miles).
Published: January 3, 2019
Doctor of La Jolla, CA
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I was lucky enough to purchase a 2019 S Modal Tesla and though I often drea
I was lucky enough to purchase a 2019 S Modal Tesla and though I often dreamed that I would live long enough to see a society progress to imitate the Jetsons Tesla has come very close to achieving my dream, what a car!!!
Published: September 4, 2020
Linda of Dandridge, TN
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Updated on 10/05/2020: This is my second review (first was on December 2019
Updated on 10/05/2020: This is my second review (first was on December 2019) for the same car after a one year of ownership. The Model X has been great as a car and did not upset me at all. There are three things that need improvement though:First, the falcon doors are a bit problematic. They may malfunction very rarely by not fully opening. They are also a bit unsafe from user perspective because they sometimes close on their own when people are getting in or out. When this happened the proximity alarm always kicked in and stopped the door just before hitting the passenger yet this is not nice at all. A greater risk is when the rear passenger exits 10 seconds before the front passenger and closes the falcon door. Think in slow motion please: The front passenger is stepping out when the falcon door is fully open and when the front passenger whose feet are on the ground starts standing up then his/her head may be just inches away from the closing falcon door! This happened to my kid who luckily did not hit her head. I am hoping Tesla would fix or get rid of these doors. Second, Tesla is rather hard to reach for service. There is none to call so you must use your app to schedule a rdv. Third, there was a safety issue. We once managed to call Tesla to schedule an annual servicing but they told us we needed no such inspections because the car was low-maintenance and it would let us know the service time when it is needed. However, a tiny accident required a visit to a garage and there we were told our tires (one year old Michelins at 10,800 km) were unsafe to drive and had to be replaced asap. Had Tesla scheduled an annual servicing, I would have known about this. It means there may be Teslas driving around with unsafe tires. We then sent a message to Tesla to ask for the guarantee on the tires but did not hear back. This servicing and guarantee by messaging thing is not so good and may make people sell their Teslas. Right now I see no alternative to my Model X though. I was curious about the Mercedes EQC but it appears to me Tesla is clearly in a higher league. When you drive a Tesla you are at the top so this brings a lack of alternatives and you become dependent on Tesla, at least I do because it is so much better than other cars. One can ask how come a Tesla beat a Bentley but the answer is simple, an EV is a far superior platform to an ICEV. On top of it, Tesla has mastered the use of tech so any comparison (we shall see Lucid Air soon) is not even close. Would you buy a gold plated ericsson or an iphone? Tesla is the smartphone of cars -and I am sad to say this- all competition is at brick-style mobile phone stage.I have extensively used the autosteering function and it was always very good, it braked once but this was an error on the safe side. I am a strong believer in autonomous cars because I can see how dramatically they will improve the world by reducing accidents and road rage, empowering people and just making life better. Once I forgot the key inside the car when the car was parked at the school and I did not feel unsafe because my car is pincode protected. The autospeed feature is so great, you leave the throttle to the car and just focus on steering and the car will slow down and stop and then continue when necessary, a perfect feature for cities. I have become so spoilt that I could imagine things like the car polishing my shoes as I drive or I am chatting with my car about people and I ask the car advice on certain people and events. Tesla literally makes me live in the future of autos so please tell me how will I travel back in time and ride a horse carriage? Indeed we were thinking about buying a performance Model 3 as our second Tesla but we will wait until we are sure that Tesla can service our Model X. Tesla builds awesome cars, they are literally in the league they created and they innovatively dominate the entire auto industry who is still struggling with archaic practices. But servicing is Teslas weakness.Original Review: Tesla Model X, more Maglev than a Car. I live in France and our Model X is my 23rd car as our large family always had multiple cars. I initially did not want to buy a Tesla because of (-) media coverage and Musks various unprofessional comments. I ordered a Volvo XC90 hybrid that Volvo failed to deliver on time so having multiple kids we desperately needed a family vehicle. I had test-driven most 7 seaters including Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford S-Max, Renault Espace/Grand Scenic. Having owned a 7 seater LR Discovery in a different country and not liking this car, I went to the Tesla showroom as a last resort and took a test drive because ... I had nothing to lose. The test drive dropped my jaw as the Model X was simply fantastic so we ordered one. I had multiple questions and some worries about buying an electric car such as the charging concept and whether Tesla would be a reliable car. Thus I first bought a used Ford S-Max as a backup/utility car that our gardener also drives around and afterwards I ordered a Model X. I would rather prefer to buy a used Model X but I could not find any reasonably priced Model Xs, all were rather expensive indicating a significant demand. My Model X was delivered in Aix-en-Provence on 27 September so the car is still pretty much new. My review is limited to the first two months of ownership and it is not a long term, multi-year review. I would gladly rank my Model X much higher than any cars I have owned. My rating would be 20 out of 10.The car is astonishing. Let me tell you why:1. The design philosophy is totally original so the interior but especially the front panel is super coolly designed. The car is probably the best ever UX design among any car, any time. I would definitely rate my Model X as the Best vehicle UX design of all-times.2. The car has far superior performance and range. I was worried about how and where to get the car recharged and so on but these have been no issues. The driving is super cool, silent and feels like you are floating. This car is so advanced that I feel I have my own silent, super fast and comfortable magnetic levitation maglev train. I often see Bentleys and Rolls Royces in Cannes and I feel sad for the owners for spending so much money into those dinosaur vehicles.3. Tesla has no dealers and you buy directly from the company. There is no haggling or the act of being sold unnecessary accessories at high costs.4. As you probably know, Tesla cars are awarded the highest safety ratings of any cars, ever built. In France, it is legal to use autosteer on highways and I regularly use this feature with my kids in the car. No one has ever honked at me so far. It has been almost perfect. The autosteering once made an error on the safe side. It braked slightly when I saw no need for it. Autosteering is great not only at high speeds but especially during very slow traffic.5. The car is expected to have much less maintenance work than ICE cars. Time will show. 6. Tesla has given me good after-sales support. They called me directly to ask if all was fine and I could reach them directly if I have any needs.7. If you love even a bit of tech, Tesla will make you so happy. The car is tech-wise perfect and offers multiple jaw-dropping features. I have a pin code so my kids can’t accidentally drive the car. If I lose my key, I can start the car with my mobile phone. I can choose how many amperes to charge my car with. The car even has a ‘biological attack protection feature’ explained on its website. Tesla says Model X is “hundreds of times better” than other cars in terms of its ventilation system so they were curious if the car would protect against a military biological attack. So they test it and found that it really does due to the super quality ventilation system. Your Tesla can open and close its doors without you touching them… if you want. This car is the epitome of tech and still it succeeds in giving you a perfectly usable UX with so easy menus. There is so much offered tech wise with zero frustration.My Model X is two-generations ahead of any other vehicles including my old 2017 Land Rover Discovery. One extra remark, we did not have any problems but still feel a bit cautious about the falcon doors that are rather easy to use especially in tight spaces. Many public garages in France have low ceilings so it is not very easy to use these doors. My overall two-month experience has been fabulous. I have one simple suggestion to potential owners: Have your own test drive and see for yourself. Be cautious with the media coverage. I am grateful to Volvo for delaying their delivery by two months and making me a Tesla owner. Thank you all at Tesla, you have literally created the future of the automobile. Just for information purposes, Tesla has no automobile competitors. Its next target should be to beat the MagLev train :-)
Published: December 1, 2019
Arkin of Cannes, Other
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The quietest, best handling, best acceleration, comfortable seats, economic
The quietest, best handling, best acceleration, comfortable seats, economical. No better car than this for winter driving. Self driving. Sentry security. Free software upgrades anywhere with WiFi connection. 8 year unlimited mileage battery warranty. In home charging. Summons feature. If you drive a Tesla, you will want one.
Published: December 12, 2019
Arnie of Dickinson, ND
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I find the durability to be wonderful. Its very durable. I have hit it by a
I find the durability to be wonderful. Its very durable. I have hit it by a mistake and it didnt even scratch. What a wonderful today to have the innovation we have now. Works amazing. You should feel it. How amazing the ride is. Nice, peaceful, smooth. You truly couldnt ask for anything more. Anything!! What a beauty!! Definitely top notch in the looks department. Something that people will look at and be like... Woah. I want one of those!! I find the value to be outstanding. Obviously a little on the pricey side. But you pay for what you want!! This to me is absolutely worth it. Its worth your money.
Published: September 9, 2016
Melina of Arlington, MA
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My Tesla is a dream come true! My dog & I recently returned from a cros
My Tesla is a dream come true! My dog & I recently returned from a cross country road trip. It was such a joy to drive & cost $0 to operate. I felt safer than I ever have. (I have always been anxious pulling into a gas station by myself.) I have no regrets in buying my Tesla and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Published: April 29, 2018
J of Clinton, IN
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We just bought a Tesla Model 3 by delivery service to our home. However, th
We just bought a Tesla Model 3 by delivery service to our home. However, the person who delivered the car was so rush and did not help us much to know the cars function. On the second day, we decided to drive the car to the Tesla Centre in Dublin CA, because there was charging problem with our exist home charging system, and many questions about auto parking and auto driving etc. Fortunately, we met Suzanne in the sale department of centre. She was very warm and tried hard to solve the charging problem, and also patiently show us how to use the auto parking functions and to teach us the auto driving on freeway. Previously, we read many negative reviews about Tesla service. Thus, we did not expect such helpful person in the Tesla Centre. I would not hesitate to recommend my friends to buy Tesla from the Dublin Centre in the future.
Published: May 3, 2019
Yang of Oakland, CA
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The ordering process was extremely easy and convenient since it only took a
The ordering process was extremely easy and convenient since it only took a few minutes. Once the vehicle was ready I scheduled an appointment and once I arrived I was able to sign a few documents and in 20 minutes I was done. The car has performed amazingly and I would gladly purchase another Tesla.
Published: February 11, 2019
Daniel of Port Saint Lucie, FL
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The new Tesla Model 3 is probably the most technologically advanced vehicle
The new Tesla Model 3 is probably the most technologically advanced vehicle on the road today. It is extremely responsive during accelerations. Model 3 has to be the most efficient electric vehicle on the market today. Very fast supercharging at many Tesla Supercharging stations without the range anxiety. You can even watch Netflix or Hulu or YouTube on the very nice and large 17 inch screen in the car. This car is very comfortable and roomy and fun to drive. I highly recommend the Tesla Model 3.
Published: November 30, 2019
Rey of Tustin, CA
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Incredible simplicity to drive-train: direct drive battery-to-motor, no gea
Incredible simplicity to drive-train: direct drive battery-to-motor, no gearing.! Fast, responsive and generally smooth ride. The body fit is suspect perhaps - not up to German & Japanese quality. Lifetime charging is a winner!!
Published: December 13, 2019
Alexander of Santa Barbara, CA
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Love almost everything about this car. Had it 3 1/2 years with zero problem
Love almost everything about this car. Had it 3 1/2 years with zero problems. Its fast, fun to drive, looks great, has auto pilot, and best of all is totally electric. I have not bought any gas in 3 years and that feels great. Solar panels on the house power the whole house and the car so I can almost drive for free. My few gripes are its a wide car, too big to fit in a compact parking space. But the interior room is wonderful so you cant have both. I rejected the model 3 for lack of interior space. Visibility out the back window and along the sides is limited but the back camera helps.
Published: December 7, 2019
Kenneth of Santa Cruz, CA
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We have an earlier production model VIN 72XX and have been quite pleased wi
We have an earlier production model VIN 72XX and have been quite pleased with it. We did have an issue with the glove box popping open but a quick visit by a mobile technician fixed that. Very easy and painless process.
Published: January 21, 2019
David of Kingsport, TN
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Purchase process was a breeze. Ever since then the car has been getting bet
Purchase process was a breeze. Ever since then the car has been getting better and better. Every couple weeks theres a new feature out that makes the car even better than before. Have not have any quality or reliability issues. Youre getting a lot for what you pay. If youre going to complain about a 1 mill difference in panel gaps, then go buy a Mercedes. But if you want the most fun to drive car with the coolest tech imaginable, then Tesla is for you. You dont realize you need it until you are in one and then its game over. No other car comes close. It feels like its from the future. Just smarter, faster and more convenient than any car Ive driven before. While also being the cheapest to operate and maintain. Its been almost a year now and weve spent $0 on maintenance. Also, we estimate our electricity cost is 1/3 of what gas would cost for the same miles driven.
Published: April 18, 2019
Imran of Toronto, ON
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The speed gas mileage is not as good as I thought it would be. Other than t
The speed gas mileage is not as good as I thought it would be. Other than that I love it. Is good car and drive it everywhere. I would buy it again. Good car that last forever and family can all fit, and have room also. Good gas mileage is the most important. I love a good car that fits my needs to travel. Radio and comfy sitting in the car. WiFi is nice in a car for traveling. DVD player are awesome for the long car trip with a baby and the family. Me and my family travel everywhere all summer. We go to concerts and other long trips, and also always need to get around in the day to shop. Cars are important to the family and doctors appointment... are important in life.
Published: September 19, 2016
Katherine of Warren, PA
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The best brand for my car. Very efficient and top of the line. I couldnt se
The best brand for my car. Very efficient and top of the line. I couldnt see myself using anything else. Long lasting product and the durability is the best of its kind. The performance is excellent and Im glad I chose this product. The best there is out there. It goes very well with what I was looking for and much more. The performance and appearance is very professional and is rich in quality. The product matches the brand and is worth every penny. I could not have asked for anything else. The value is way less than I thought I would have to pay for. It is very affordable and convenient for what I had been looking for all this time.
Published: September 10, 2016
Onicka of Brooklyn, NY
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Tesla style Navigation for Mustang 2016 – Very cool, intelligent GPS navi
Tesla style Navigation for Mustang 2016 – Very cool, intelligent GPS navigation, and big screen for enjoying movie. Much more luxurious than other navigation. Android 6.0 system and use wifi, it looks like a small iPad, but can also calling and navigating and back view. Very nice. Good!
Published: October 25, 2017
Adela of Toronto, ON
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Ordering my Model 3 was exciting, and I felt in control for most of the pro
Ordering my Model 3 was exciting, and I felt in control for most of the process. I felt the initial customer service person was excellent... very respectful and seemingly knowledgeable. Then a week before our agreed upon delivery date, I got a call from a pushy inventory guy in Portland (the car had to be shipped there first). He said they will deliver it the next day. This would have been great had it not been that I was out of town for another five days (they knew that). They wanted me to change my plans so they could get it off their lot was the reason I was told. Its a long story, but luckily my wife was able to be home from work to receive the car two days later. The option of delivery for our area is a wonderful thing, and was a huge relief even though things that I was told would happen didnt actually happen: 1. The driver didnt call to say his arrival time. 2. No registration documents included with car. 3. No bill of lading from the driver. 4. No instruction by the driver on how my wife could drive it if necessary, but nicely, he drove it inside the garage for us. When I got home, I emailed the other customer service guy in Portland and explained our dismay with the delivery process, and asked for the registration documents. He seemed empathetic. The DMV registration process worked out fine. One little note: do not stick the temporary registration over the defogger elements on back window. In conclusion, I love my car (no gas, quiet, comfortable, high-tech, hauls ass, helping people breathe easier). However, there is a lot to learn... read Teslas website, watch YouTube tutorials by them and Tesla owners, and see if you get rebates/tax credits. The latest thing Im doing is getting a ceramic coating on the exterior (the original finish seems soft and scuffs too easily).
Published: February 25, 2020
Tom of Medford, OR
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Tesla is a great car. I love it more than my Mustang!!! I would kiss Elon M
Tesla is a great car. I love it more than my Mustang!!! I would kiss Elon Musk if I could. My car is electric but fast and stylish. It makes me feel unique when guys stare at it going down the road. I had one person follow me to the store just to get a photo. Its the most awesome feeling ever. It has lane detection, great sound system and Bluetooth.
Published: June 28, 2018
Elizabeth of Covington, LA
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I had issues with my Tesla Wall Charger and had previously called twice for
I had issues with my Tesla Wall Charger and had previously called twice for assistance and neither one resolved my issue. I called a third time and spoke to Hannah. From the second she answered the phone I knew she was eager to help. She went through the notes that were written from my previous calls and told me we were going to get everything taken care of that evening. And guess what, she did. After being placed on hold for a brief minute, she came back with what I needed to do to take care of my problem. After a few minutes I received a confirmation e-mail that my replacement was being sent. It was such a pleasure to speak to someone that I could not only understand perfectly, but was knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with.
Published: February 20, 2021
Mike of Youngstown, OH
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