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Volkswagen takes over BlackBerry's European R&D centre

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The Volkswagen Group has taken over BlackBerry's European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany as it looks to expand its expertise in vehicle connectivity.

The exchange of information between vehicle and mobile devices, such as MP3 players, smart phones and car keys, is already taking place today.

In the near future further forms of communication will become equally established: communication between vehicle and the driver's home or office; communication between vehicle and filling stations, parking spaces and road infrastructure (car-to-X communication); and ultimately also from vehicle to vehicle (car-to-car communication).

It will be possible in this way to provide drivers with very prompt information of any hold-ups or obstructions.

Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer (pictured), member of the board of management Volkswagen brand for the development division, said: "Connectivity will be a key feature of the car of the future.

"Many customers are expecting connected vehicles of a new dimension in terms of convenience and road safety.

"Around the globe, our customers' aspirations will change rapidly, leading to shortened cycles of innovation for systems and functions.

"In order to be able to meet these challenges it is necessary for us to broaden and expand our options through additional know-how."

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