The updates are a key step in Volkswagen's renewed focus on software and will be key in the firm being able to charge money for extra services in the future.
The initial update will first be sent to the first ID 3s that were sold, whose owners are part of the First Movers Club. Due to software issues during the launch of the hatchback, some cars were sold without all of the originally intended functions. Updates will then follow for other ID 3s and for the ID 4 SUV.
The initial update will upgrade the ID 3’s system to ID.Software 2.3 and will include a range of new functions. These will include upgrades to the Dynamic Light Assist’s automative main-beam control function, dashboard-mounted ID Light bar so that its will use light signals to offer tips on driving more efficiently and refinements to the infotainment touchscreen interface.
The updates will automatically be sent to cars through the built-in internet, with owners able to choose when they install the upgrade. The download will occur in the background, but drivers won't be able to use the car while its installed. Owners must have a registered account with Volkswagen to receive updates.
In the future, Volkswagen will be able to update 35 control units on ID models.
Silke Bagschik, Volkswagen’s e-mobility sales boss, said Volkswagen had an extensive list of software upgrades planned, with the goal to balance each update to ensure it was a manageable size.
She said: “We have a long wish list of ideas based on listening to feedback on what customers want, and we have some cool ideas coming from within the company.”