Carmaker Porsche has announced it’s opening a new division focused on software development for intelligent and connected vehicles.
It says that, with the new division, the Nardò Technical Center proving ground in Salento, Southern Italy, which is owned by Porsche and operated by Porsche Engineering, “further underlines its positioning as technology partner for the integrated development and validation of future vehicles”.
It says the software division of Nardò Technical Center is planned to serve as an innovation laboratory to further extend the integrated development and testing of software-defined vehicles.
The office is planned to serve as an innovation laboratory in which software experts and engineers will collaborate on state-of-the-art solutions that can then be tested in real-time on NTC’s test tracks – also due to the recently installed 5G network on-site.
“Digitally-enabled functions will play a crucial role in the future of the automotive industry. With our new software division, we can develop and test these kinds of functions for our customers directly on site,” said Antonio Gratis, Managing Director of NTC. “The focus of the new division will lie on highly automated driving functions, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication as well as connectivity solutions. It represents another step in NTC’s continuous evolution from a unique testing center into an integrated technology hub and is closely integrated into the end-to-end development and validation network of Porsche Engineering”.
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