Volkswagen is starting a trial that will look at how consumers react to a range of subscription-based services for its ID range of electric cars.
It will see a series of its ID.3 electric vehicles deployed in six German cities, where tests will be conducted to see how ready customers are to use features such as pay-per-mile billing.
It’ll also take into account paid-for optional extras.
This would allow consumers to pay for certain elements of the car – such as satellite navigation – when needed, only paying for the services when they required them.
It forms a part of a wider exploration into ‘data-driven’ services brought on by electric vehicles which can consistently be updated over the internet.
Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter said: ‘Based on customer contacts, we will examine our customers’ preferences in three major categories – subscription models as an introduction to dual mobility, pay-per-mile billing and also additional functions on-demand such as navigation and a charging flat rate.
‘Based on the experience we gain from this project, we will develop new services for the entire fleet.’
Klaus Zellmer, head of sales, added: ‘Today you can get infotainment functions on demand, and these are features that can be activated like ACC [automatic cruise control].
‘Now if you have an ID 3 in the future, features such as travel assist, stop and go, lane assist and ACC can be added on top.’
Volkswagen also announced that it would be implementing more frequent over-the-air updates for its electric ID vehicles, with an automatic upgrade sent over every 12 weeks.
Commencing this summer, it’ll affect both ID.3 and ID.4 models.
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