HAMBURG -- Volkswagen plans to develop most of the software needed for autonomous cars in-house, the head of the automaker's luxury unit Audi said on Tuesday.
The automaker is not rejecting collaborations in some areas outright, said Markus Duesmann, who as well as running Audi is also on VW's management board, where he is responsible for research and development.
"But we'll make the bulk of the software on our own in the future," he said during an industry event.
Asked whether VW was looking to Alphabet's Google as a benchmark in software development, Duesmann said it wanted to be at least on the same level.
"We accept the challenge," he added.
Daimler and VW are working on their own operating systems for autonomous cars to make sure they have a chance to compete with large tech firms such as Apple and Amazon in the area of electric vehicle data.
Despite calls to team up with rivals, VW is so far planning to go it alone, pointing to its position as the world's second-largest automaker.
"We have a size that makes us want to cooperate with ourselves initially," said Duesmann, adding that VW is confident it can set new standards in software development.
If other companies wanted to join these standards it would be possible for them to do so, the Audi executive added.
VW has bundled its software competence into a newly formed unit Car.Software.Org, which employs about 5,000 and develops the VW.OS operating system.