BlackBerry’s European research and development centre acquired by the Volkswagen Group

BlackBerry have been getting rid of as much real estate as possible in their continued efforts to cut costs.

They have now successfully got rid of their European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, which has been acquired by the Volkswagen Group.

With the newly founded Volkswagen Infotainment, the Wolfsburg-based automotive group is further expanding its expertise and capabilities in the field of vehicle connectivity. With its objective of interlinking vehicles and the surrounding world, the field of ‘connectivity’ forms a focal point of research and development within the Volkswagen Group, the company said.

“Connectivity will be a key feature of the car of the future,“ said Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division. 

“Many customers are expecting connected vehicles of a new dimension in terms of convenience and road safety. Around the globe, our customers’ aspirations will change rapidly, leading to shortened cycles of innovation for systems and functions. In order to be able to meet these challenges it is necessary for us to broaden and expand our options through additional know-how.”

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