Personalizing the in-car experience for Audi passengers
A new initiative in the Audi-Valtech Mobility engagement presents the first use case of a digital marketplace
Get to know Audi
Audi AG is a manufacturer of luxury vehicles headquartered in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. As a subsidiary of parent company the Volkswagen Group, Audi produces vehicles in nine production facilities worldwide.
Enriching the passenger experience with custom third-party content
For several years, Audi has pursued a vision of “a seamless, emotional, and intuitive brand experience” across all touch points. From the moment someone becomes interested in an Audi model, the automaker wants the customer experience — online, offline, in the car, in the myAudi app, everywhere — to be personal.
In alignment with that vision, Audi sought a partner who could help realize an important aspect of that personalization. Audi’s recent models feature at least one display and ambient lighting. Being able to customize those with visual content and interior light settings gives passengers a new way to personalize the in-car experience.
How do you deliver that kind of in-car content to thousands of vehicles around the world? You build a digital marketplace. That's why Audi needed a partner to manage and develop this use case end-to-end.
Due to Valtech’s multi-decade engagement with Audi and our Valtech Mobility joint venture with the Volkswagen Group, Valtech was able to bring:
Expertise in connected vehicles for service integration.
Knowledge of in-car application design, development and deployment.
The capacity to build and operate a platform for that digital marketplace.
End-to-end development of the marketplace’s first use case, Audi Themes
The platform we built for Audi, Audi Themes, has three key features:
Integration with the myAudi app. After a customer registers with myAudi, they can purchase background images and matching ambient lighting, then activate those purchases in the vehicle.
Content management. Creators can upload, edit and distribute products via the browser application tool. This ensures content adapts to current and future generations of Audi infotainment devices.
We had multiple T-shaped agile teams across Munich and Düsseldorf working on this project. Valtech held on-site workshops with Audi to clarify requirements, and we implemented a greenfield approach to the software development process — from user journey and persona creation to UX/UI design on through to integration.
The platform is based on AWS infrastructure, and we set up the infrastructure that delivers and manages the connected services to more than 1 million vehicles.
We built a web portal to create and manage vehicle-specific content, then onboarded and integrated third-party content creators.
We also built the in-car application to manage content specific to the vehicle and customer is based on Android Automotive. Here, we set up a purchase flow for customers so they can buy content via the myAudi application.
Integration continues across numerous new vehicle models, and Audi is rolling the platform out across several European countries, the United States and Canada.
The new platform is highly scalable and lays the foundation for a much larger proposition in which third parties can create content specific for Audi customers, Audi can validate that content, and Audi customers can buy and activate those products from within their vehicles.
There are already more than 1 million cars on the platform, with many more coming.
At the same time, the number of content creators is growing.
Themes are already available in more than 25 countries across Europe and North America.
Users enjoy 99.9% uptime, and there is a 24-7 on-call service to fix any issues with the platform.