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We are an automotive software and technology company that bundles together Volkswagen Group's software competencies and further expands them, building upon a heritage of bringing automotive innovation to everyone.

Transforming automotive mobility

Founded in 2020, around 5,000 developers, engineers and designers worldwide unify their knowledge at CARIAD to not only transform the Group to a software-driven car company, but to transform the car into an automotive experience that is seamlessly integrated into our digital life.

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We live in an era of ever-changing mobility needs. Electrification, digitization and autonomization are fundamentally changing the car. Software has become the central design element and determines how customers will experience their car in the future. Technology is our key to transforming automotive mobility and making it safer, more sustainable, and more comfortable in a new way – for everyone, everywhere.

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Our Vision

CARIAD is building the leading tech stack for the automotive industry, aiming to create a new automotive experience and increase the innovation speed of Volkswagen Group to make the car a sustainable, safe and seamlessly-connected mobility companion in a digital world.

Multiple Brands, ONE Software Platform

CARIAD is a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen Group. With about 10 million vehicles sold annually, it is one of the largest automotive groups on the planet and unites loved car brands like Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche and many others. CARIAD is on a mission to build one unified software platform and tech stack for all these brands, enabling them to excite their customers with always-fresh digital experiences.

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A network of many

CARIAD in itself is a network of multiple companies: CARIAD holds stakes in 15 automotive technology companies, such as diconium or Wireless Car that are focusing on different digitization aspects of cars. The network is moved by one purpose: Transforming Volkswagen Group to become a truly digital and software-enabled mobility provider.

Company network

A global mindset

Our home base is Germany, but we are about to establish campuses in different parts of the world. Currently, around 5,000 international software developers and engineers from over 80 different nationalities work in software competence centers in Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt, the area of Stuttgart, Berlin and Munich. Also, we are closely co-operating with Volkswagen’s development teams in Seattle and Silicon Valley as well as China.

Growing competence with partners

Currently, about 10 % of the software code in Volkswagen Group is written in-house. CARIAD aims to increase the proportion of in-house software development to 60 % by 2025. Strategic co-operations support our way of scaling our competence: With Microsoft, for example, we have built the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud and are teaming up to develop an Automated Driving Platform, a development framework for automated driving functions.


As an automotive software company with a global reach, it goes without saying that CARIAD is certified to ISO 9001:2015. This internationally recognized standard emphasizes our ability to consistently deliver high-quality products across our multiple locations. We combine the highest safety and security requirements with innovative development and the agile working methods typical of a software company – to exceed customer expectations.

Get to know our Board

Our Board of Management consists of renowned software, digitization and automotive experts from inside and outside Volkswagen Group.