The company’s CEO, Herbert Diess, made this much clear when he spoke to a German publication called Handelsblatt, as reported by Automotive News Europe.
“To achieve optimal performance in light of the high demands that exist for cars, software and hardware have to come out of one hand,” said Diess. While VW does not intend to build semiconductors, it did want its own patents. It’s yet another case of VW chasing Tesla; since Teslas can utilize custom-designed chips, this gives Elon Musk’s team the ability to develop new features at a more rapid rate. VW would like to close this gap.