Volvo herald the next generation of EVs with cutting-edge software testing centre in Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Volvo introduces software-defined electric vehicles, merging hardware and advanced software solutions.
  • The company has unveiled a cutting-edge in-house software development and a remote testing centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Volvo unveils its all-new software centre to drive its smart revolution 

Volvo is powering towards electrification by introducing its latest generation of electric vehicles (EVs), characterized by innovative software solutions and cutting-edge testing facilities. At the heart of this evolution is a commitment to software-defined vehicles, where hardware meets intelligence.

Anders Bell, Volvo’s Global Head of R&D, said:

“This is a state-of-the-art facility that will be the hub for our global software testing and validation activities.

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Developers from all our global engineering sites and Tech Hubs can run software tests here remotely, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I firmly believe that with this new testing centre, we’ve set a new benchmark for the automotive industry.”  

Central to this transformation is Volvo’s substantial investment in in-house software development and testing capabilities, culminating in the unveiling of a state-of-the-art software testing centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

This facility, a colossal undertaking with an initial investment of approximately SEK 300 million, is a testament to Volvo’s dedication to pioneering automotive technology. Spanning a vast 22,000 square meters, this facility is a hub of innovation where experts continuously refine software algorithms, ensuring seamless integration between hardware and software components.

What sets this facility apart is its ability to facilitate remote software testing around the clock. Spearheaded by a team of nearly 100 experts, this centre is set to expand to 300 professionals as it ramps up to full operational capacity. With plans to accommodate 500 cutting-edge testing rigs and digital test environments, Volvo’s Gothenburg facility is poised to become the epicentre of their software-driven revolution.

Alwin Bakkenes, Volvo’s Global Head of Software Engineering, commented:

“Our growing ranks of software engineers work on a wide variety of exciting challenges.

The aim is to boost our innovation speed by developing software for key areas for Volvo Cars – from core safety technology based on our deep understanding of what causes accidents, to our perception and driver-assistance algorithms and software for future autonomous driving.” 

Volvo is pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology and reshaping the industry’s approach to software development and integration. As EV technology continues getting smarter, the race is on to find the most innovative solutions. Volvo has positioned itself as a trailblazer in the race toward a sustainable, intelligent automotive future.

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