- Strengthening competencies: A considerably larger team ensures faster and improved adaptation of the global AI-Tech OS for the European market.
- More efficient development: The independent IT hub consists of cross-functional specialists at the Munich site for maximum flexibility.
- Optimal integration: The areas of responsibility extend across the entire system, from hardware and software to system integration and quality assurance. Munich ensures the best possible interaction between the functional areas.
Shanghai/Munich, March 16, 2023 – Aiways is expanding the competencies of the European Tech Center in Munich with an enlargement of the IT hub. In the future, work here will be accelerated not only on software improvements, but also on system integration and optimal use of hardware on the part of the AI-Tech OS operating system. The improvements will not only benefit new models but will also include updates for vehicles already delivered.
The pace of development in the transforming automotive industry is high. Aiways is accelerating this even further by now expanding the Tech Center at the European headquarters in Munich in addition to the development center in Shanghai. The increased size of the team within the IT hub means that software improvements for the European market can now be made directly on site. Shorter coordination paths and more direct communication with the sales and service partners thus enable a significantly improved rollout of new AI-Tech OS versions.
Cross-functional cooperation ensures synergy effects
In addition to the global development network, cross-functional cooperation also provides an efficiency advantage and thus synergy effects. The resulting high degree of flexibility enables employees at the Aiways Tech Center in Munich to make improvements in all areas of the vehicle throughout the entire product life cycle.
“As a young company, we enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a young and agile organization,” explains Dr. Alexander Klose, Executive Vice President Overseas Operations at Aiways. “After starting on a blank sheet of paper, you quickly realize where optimizations are needed. By strengthening our team at the Tech Center, we are also addressing customer feedback and bringing more digital expertise to Munich.
Hardware, software, system integration and quality assurance
Strengthening the IT hub in Munich also considers the fact that in the age of electromobility, the development of an automobile can no longer be constrained within the previously familiar fixed frameworks. Unlike traditional development, the current approach emphasizes continual enhancement and uninterrupted progress. From battery management and electric motor control to driver assistance systems and infotainment, each function is constantly being updated.
“Integrating these functions into the multitude of control units in a modern architecture like our MAS platform is a complex task,” explains Zeeshan Shaikh, Head of Aiways Technical Center Munich. “Hundreds of functions are often changed per update, which then have to be adapted and checked individually for the various country versions. With our enlarged team in Munich, we are now improving the security of this process.”
Software update for existing fleet announced
The team is currently working on a new version of the AI-Tech OS for the Aiways U5 SUV. The new version will contain over 100 so-called “bug fixes”, i.e. minor bug fixes, and will not only ensure a more stable run and the elimination of restart problems, but also improve the reception of the DAB+ digital radio, optimize the load management of the 12V on-board battery and include an improved language version of all OS languages, in addition to better memory utilization of the display control units.
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Founded in 2017, Aiways is a Shanghai-based personal mobility provider with its European HQ in Munich, Germany. It was the first Chinese start-up to introduce an electric vehicle to the European market with the launch of the U5 in 2020 – a battery-electric SUV with impressive range, style, and quality. Aiways is rapidly continuing its expansion in Europe and beyond: order books are open in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Croatia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Slovenia – with more markets to follow. The U5 SUV is produced at Aiways’ smart production facility in Shangrao – one of the most modern car production facilities in China. The IT-controlled processes with challenging quality gates follow the standards of Industry 4.0. With an initial production capacity of 150,000 units per annum, Aiways can increase this number to 300,000 units when global EV demand rises. Aiways’ next model for Europe will be the battery-electric U6 SUV-Coupé. With a focus on sophisticated aerodynamics, highly connected driving, safety technology, and a sporty design, the U6 SUV-Coupé is just the next chapter of Aiways’ promising future.
Industry 4.0 standards, and the annual production capacity of initially 150,000 units can be increased to 300,000 units as market demand increases. The second Aiways model for the European market, the battery-electric U6 SUV coupe, provides a further glimpse of the brand’s promising future. The focus of this model is on sophisticated aerodynamics, highly networked drive and safety technology, and a decidedly sporty appearance.