On the road to Smart City Wolfsburg
The megatrend of digitalisation is both an opportunity and a challenge for life, work, industry
and society. In Wolfsburg, the City and Volkswagen AG have been working hand-in-hand
since 2016 to shape this process of change for the location. The aim of the joint initiative
#WolfsburgDigital is to develop the city into a digital model city. Citizens and guests should
be able to find out what „digitalisation“ means based on the introduction of new goods and
services. Companies and the field of science and research are also actively involved in the
initiative, which in turn provides them with a suitable environment for their own digital
development and projects. Future-driven traineeships and jobs will attract skilled workers and
secure the competitiveness of the city as business location.
The Memorandum of Understanding for this large-scale initiative was signed on 5th December 2016 in Wolfsburg Castle. Volkswagen and the City of Wolfsburg launched a joint initiative to develop the digitalised metropolis.
The Volkswagen Group and the City of Wolfsburg have agreed to develop Wolfsburg into a model city of digitalisation. The aim is to harness the opportunities offered by digitalisation and to further enhance the attractiveness of Wolfsburg as a business location and a place to live in the years to come. To do so, the digital infrastructure is to be fully expanded, new and user-oriented digital services, along with forward-looking IT workplaces are to be created and new mobility concepts implemented.
City of Wolfsburg
The autonomous administrative district of Wolfsburg is one of the five largest cities in Lower Saxony. More than 125,000 inhabitants live on an area of 204 square kilometres. Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 in connection with the establishment of the Volkswagen factory, which also has its headquarters there. At an impressive speed, Wolfsburg has transformed itself from a workers’ city into an exciting location for services and research and a recreational location full of leisure activities and experiences, making it one of the most dynamic cities in Germany. Preparing Wolfsburg for the digital future is one of the key aims of urban development. Ever since the City Council’s decision of February 2017, the #WolfsburgDigital Memorandum of Understanding has been a guideline for the city’s digital strategy.
The Volkswagen brand is present in over 150 markets worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in more than 50 locations in 14 countries. There are currently 200,000 people employed by the Volkswagen Group’s core brand. The company has always been a pioneer in the further development of automotive engineering. Electromobility, digital transformation and smart mobility are the strategic core topics of the future. At its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen is supporting the #WolfsburgDigital initiative by expanding digital services and opening up new business fields for cutting-edge mobility. Volkswagen’s IT City in particular stands for future-oriented, agile working methods.
freeWolfsburg at Porschestraße
are laid for the glass fibre extension
for the digital model city
The city and Volkswagen are working on digital urban development with partners in various fields that reflect the diversity of digitalisation in Wolfsburg.
Here are some examples from the fields of infrastructure, urban development, mobility and education.