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Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory ("VWERL")
Type Private company,
subsidiary of
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Founded Sunnyvale, California, United States (August 1998)
Headquarters Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Area served Worldwide,
with North American emphasis[1]
Key people Burkhard Huhnke, Director
Industry Automotive electronics
Services Research and development
Parent Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (VWERL) is a division of the Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., with its headquarters in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, California).

The VWERL's slogan Technology to the People! indicates its mission: to leverage Silicon Valley resources for the advancement of the Volkswagen Groups' products through technical knowledge and electronics expertise.

The VWERL has recently received media attention surrounding its joint victory with Stanford University in the DARPA Grand Challenge,[2] a prize competition for driverless cars.



The Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory was founded in August 1998, and VWERL began operations in October 1998, with three employees. As of December 2002, the lab had outgrown its Sunnyvale, California office, moving to its current Palo Alto location in California. This current location provides a spacious office, workshop and prototyping areas for about 40 workers. It supports VWERL employees at Volkswagen Group of America's offices in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and the new headquarters at Herndon, Virginia.


The VWERL supports all brands within the Volkswagen Group.[3] This includes Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Škoda, Bentley, and Bugatti as well as Audi, SEAT, and Lamborghini. In addition to working with research and development teams in Germany, the VWERL also supports the development of U.S.-specific features for the Volkswagen Group of America.

Research "teams" at VWERL

The VWERL comprises four teams:


The VWERL's headquarters are located in the middle of Silicon Valley at 4009 Miranda Avenue, Suite 150, Palo Alto, California. In 2008, the ERL will expand its operation to a new adjacent facility at 4005 Miranda Avenue, Suite 100.

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