Innovate to Drive Change

Founded 1998
51-200 employees
  • Hardware, Internet of Things, & Electronics
  • Headquarters address
    500 Clipper Drive, Belmont CA, 94002

    Innovation. Sophistication. Optimization. This is our passion.

    Worldwide, the Volkswagen Group has a long tradition of dramatic innovations. The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.

    Here in the US, we are blending German engineering with American ingenuity. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) is becoming the epicenter of vehicle electronics expertise in North America. The ERL team of engineers works with researchers and development teams in the US, Germany and across the globe. Our mission is to develop innovations and technologies for future generations of cars, and to transfer technologies from many industries into the automotive domain.

    German engineering meets entrepreneurial drive.

    We are a team of engineers, designers, scientists, psychologists, and more. We blend our craftsmanship with bold new ideas, bridging the gap between Silicon Valley innovation and the automotive industry. When the Volkswagen Group embraces the Silicon Valley spirit, the future gets here a lot faster.

    Making Connections Everywhere

    We look at a car as an extension of your connected life, so it needs to behave that way. In this hyper-connected world, your experiences need to be seamless. Whether it’s advancing piloted driving or accessing your digital world from anywhere, we are building products that give you freedom to choose how you want to move.

    Past, Present, and Future.

    2015 – Sonoma Raceway Event
    Showcased our exciting piloted driving capabilities to media and legislators over six days that included performance drives and demonstrations.

    2015 – Volkswagen Cam-Connect
    Partnered with GoPro® to let drivers control their Hero4 cameras directly from the Volkswagen MirrorLink interface.

    2015 – San Francisco to Las Vegas Drive
    World debut of the piloted driving Audi A7 model, which drove from San Francisco to CES in Las Vegas with a crew of journalists taking turns behind the wheel.

    2014 – Hockenheimring
    Unleashed the sporty driverless Audi RS7 at race speeds around the Hockenheimring in Germany.

    2014 – Sound Journey
    Designed and developed a one-of-a-kind Volkswagen MirrorLink application that dynamically generates a soundtrack for your trip by using driving data in realtime.

    2013 – iBeetle and Beetle App
    Created a unique experience for the 2014 iBeetle which features functions such as Spotify control, extended on-board instrumentation, drive trainer, and sending digital postcards from your location.

    2012 – ERL and Italdesign Geneva Show Car
    Teamed up with Italdesign to combine cutting-edge vehicle styling with a state-of-the-art user experience. The result was Brivido, a one-of-a-kind vision of the future.

    2011 – Belmont Center Opening
    Celebrated moving into our new facility with an opening Tech Day event that showcased our diverse and innovative approaches to the future of mobility.

    2010 – VAIL Audi TTS
    Developed, in collaboration with Stanford University, an Audi TTS that successfully drove non-stop up the 12.4 Pike’s Peak Highway in Colorado autonomously.

    2010 – Google Navigation
    Launched the industry-first vehicle implementation of Google Earth on Audi’s third-generation Multi Media Interface (MMI).

    2009 – VAIL Opening at Stanford
    Supported the creation of the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) located on the Stanford campus with an initial investment of $5.75 million.

    2008 – iPod Integration
    Developed in-car connectivity for the iPod in collaboration with Apple.

    2007 – DARPA Urban Challenge
    Collaborated with Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab to create an advanced vehicle with state-of-the-art sensor technologies and robot decision-making in an urban environment.

    2005 – DARPA Challenge Winner
    Established our leadership with driver less technology by winning a 175-mile course in desert terrain with no human guidance, no driver and no remote control.

    1998 – ERL Begins Operations in Silicon Valley
    Founded in August 1998, the ERL began operations in October of that year with three employees


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