Volvo Cars, a subsidiary of Geely in China, has opened a software testing centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, for integrated software testing at all levels.
The Volvo SEK300m (€25m) centre is 22,000 square metres and is key to software defined vehicle development with over-the-air (OTA) software updates. The test facility will initially employ around 100 people, a figure that is expected to grow to 300 once the testing centre is running at full capacity. Eventually the site will house around 500 testing rigs and digital test environments, up from almost 200 today.
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“This is a state-of-the-art facility that will be the hub for our global software testing and validation activities,” said Anders Bell, Global Head of R&D. “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.”
The company also has smaller software test centres in Lund, Sweden, and Shanghai, China. Last month it set up a Tech Hub in Singapore and announced our plans for another software-focused Tech Hub in Krakow, Poland.
“Our growing ranks of software engineers work on a wide variety of exciting challenges,” said Alwin Bakkenes, Global Head of Software Engineering. “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.”
For the full year 2022, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of SEK 22.3 billion. Revenue in 2022 amounted to SEK 330.1 billion, while global sales reached 615,121 cars. Geely also owns the Lotus and Proton car brands.