First app for hybrid work to Audi vehicles
Cisco and Audi have unveiled plans to enhance mobile car collaboration experiences for hybrid workers.
In partnership with Volkswagen Group’s software company CARIAD and Samsung subsidiary HARMAN, Webex will be the first app for hybrid work available in select Audi models as of the 2024 model year.
As hybrid work continues to evolve, the modern work environment is no longer confined to a single space or device. People increasingly demand flexible, frictionless ways to get work done on their own terms, requiring innovative solutions that empower this. To meet consumer demand and provide a safe, secure, and easy-to-use mobile collaboration experience, the Webex automotive application will be available through the in-vehicle Audi Application Store. The Application Store is developed by CARIAD and HARMAN and designed for select Audi vehicles with additional Volkswagen Group brands to follow at a later time.
“We’re on a mission to transform the connected car into another extension of the hybrid workplace,” said Jeetu Patel, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Security and Collaboration, Cisco. “Our work with leading manufacturers like Audi will empower customers with a safe and seamless way to stay connected and be productive regardless of where or how you’re working.”
This partnership aims to accommodate flexible hybrid work cultures. It presents people with access to elevated work experiences that can be personalised to fit their lifestyles and enable work from any setting.
- Simple Setup: Drivers can download the Webex App from the Application Store available on the Audi vehicle’s infotainment system, with no phone needed for setup. The store consistently ensures that the applications in the vehicle meet the high safety requirements of the Volkswagen Group. With this simple setup, drivers can seamlessly transition from Webex meetings on their electronic devices to in-car meetings.
- Purpose-Built Safety Features: With features designed to prioritise safety, Webex goes into audio-only mode when the car is in transit to ensure that drivers can participate in meetings without taking their eyes off the road. When parked, drivers can take advantage of Webex’s full immersive collaboration experience and are able to view meeting participants, shared content, and closed captioning.
- AI-Enhanced Meetings: Drivers will have access to Webex’s built-in AI features for best-in-class noise removal and voice optimisation. This will ensure that drivers can be clearly heard, without disruptive background sounds such as roadway noise or construction.
As of July 2023, the Application Store, from which the Webex App can be downloaded, will be available in new Audi production models of the Audi A4, A5, Q5, A6, A7, A8, Q8 e-tron, and e-tron GT in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, and overseas markets.
Cisco works with over 32,000 transportation organisations in 169 countries worldwide and has 25,000 patents in the transportation space. This partnership with Audi, CARIAD, and HARMAN is part of Webex for Automobiles, which includes Webex Meetings for Apple CarPlay, and collaboration with automotive manufactures including Ford Motor Company and Mercedes-Benz. Cisco will continue to expand its growing ecosystem of innovative collaboration solutions that enable unrivalled experiences on the go.
“We are excited to offer Volkswagen Group’s customers Webex meeting capabilities that make hybrid work more convenient and adaptable. With our new Group Application Store, we will offer customers a vast variety of essential and popular apps, seamlessly connecting their car with their digital life. Together with our Volkswagen Group brands and partners, we take the digital in-car experience to the next level, turning the car into a smart companion for drivers,” Dr. Riclef Schmidt-Clausen, Senior Vice President, Domain Intelligent Cockpit & Body, CARIAD
“We are delighted to partner with like-minded leaders at the forefront of technology and automotive to bring Webex capabilities into the car for hybrid and remote workers. The HARMAN Ignite Store, a white label solution for Volkswagen Group Application Store, makes it easy for developers to adapt their content and services for automotive, all while ensuring the experience is safe and optimised for the vehicle environment. It’s collaborations like these that will transform the in-cabin experience, keeping drivers connected to what matters,” Albert Jordan, VP and GM of HARMAN’s Automotive Applications Business Unit.