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Volkswagen, Bosch to cooperate on automotive software – Handelsblatt

Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) software unit Cariad and automotive supplier Bosch (ROBG.UL) are nearing an agreement to cooperate on automotive software, Handelsblatt reported, citing company sources.

Volkswagen plans to invest a triple-digit million euro amount as part of the deal, the paper added.

Volkswagen has bundled all its software efforts into Cariad, hoping it can challenge Tesla (TSLA.O) and Alphabet (GOOGL.O) in a field in which it has not traditionally been active.

Cariad ranks high on Volkswagen’s transformation agenda, with CEO Herbert Diess taking on responsibility for the unit on the group’s management board this week as part of a reshuffle.

Diess sees software as the key future battleground of the automotive industry, ranging from operating systems to enable autonomous driving to software services that can be installed over the air.

Cariad, which gets 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) in funds from Volkswagen each year, declined to comment. Bosch was not immediately available for comment.

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