ŠKODA AUTO recently founded its fourth DigiLab unit, in Pune, India. This lab will support the core business of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India by developing digital and mobility solutions. In addition, a dedicated Software Development Centre has been established by Volkswagen IT Services India in Gurugam and Pune to support ŠKODA AUTO’s IT requirements globally and develop digital solutions.
Speaking about the expansion plans, Bernhard Maier, CEO, ŠKODA AUTO, explained, “With ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab India, we are consistently expanding our global network. India is among the innovation drivers when it comes to digitalisation. In 2025, the average age of the population will be just 29. Most of our customers in India have grown up with smartphones and expect tailor-made mobility services and seamless connectivity in the car. This is exactly what we are undertaking at our new DigiLab in partnership with local high-tech companies.”
Taking the discussion further, Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India, added, “With the new digital services and mobility solutions provided by ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab India and our dedicated Software Development Centre with offices in Gurugram and Pune, we want to create a diverse digital ecosystem for our customers. Just like the other members of ŠKODA AUTO’s growing global innovation network, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab India will also develop mobility solutions and services – always striving to offer real added value for the customer. ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab India will also be able to support ŠKODA AUTO’s core business globally with new technologies and digital solutions.”
The DigiLab in Pune is an integral part of the India 2.0 project led by ŠKODA AUTO; Volkswagen Group confirmed investments of around one billion euros. By working on digital development projects and delivering solutions tailored to the Indian market, this lab supports the Group’s core business in India along with other markets wherever possible. To this end, the lab will be working closely with the car manufacturer’s innovation hubs in the Czech Republic, Israel and China.