Electric ID. Buzz to be Volkswagen’s first autonomous vehicle

The all-electric ID. Buzz will be the first vehicle in the Volkswagen Group to have self-driving capabilities, with preparations for the technology to be used on roads by 2025.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is a stand-alone brand within the Volkswagen Group, responsible for the development of fully autonomous systems and their commercial use in urban areas. In particular, the development of special purpose vehicles, such as robo-taxis and vans.

“With the confirmation of the group’s supervisory board for our Autonomous Driving R&D program, we are setting the course for the future of mobility,” said Carsten Intra, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

“Autonomous, electric driving will make an important contribution to urban mobility and road safety. Our vehicles are the logical first choice to apply such systems to.”

Argo AI, a company that specialises in software platforms for autonomous driving will develop the self-driving system to be used in Volkswagen vehicles.

With the budget for the autonomous driving project now confirmed by the board, VWCV is taking the next step towards the future of autonomous mobility.

“This year, for the first time, we are conducting field trials in Germany, in which the self-driving system by Argo AI will be used in a version of the future ID. Buzz by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles,” said Christian Senger, Head of Autonomous Driving.

“The aim is to develop a ride-hailing and pooling concept similar to what MOIA offers today,” Senger continues.

“In the middle of this decade, our customers will then have the opportunity to be taken to their destination in selected cities with autonomous vehicles.”

The all-electric ID. Buzz will have its world debut next year, with further vehicles to follow.

“The developments are already running at full speed, to not only electrify the iconic Bulli, but to also transform it into a groundbreaking autonomous vehicle with self-driving systems,” VWCV writes.

Source: Volkswagen | Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles moves ahead with Autonomous Driving R&D for Mobility as a Service

2 March 2021

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