Volkswagen Group has announced that the first self-driving prototypes based on the future ID. BUZZ will commence operations in Munich, Germany this summer. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is facilitating the development of Level 4-capable autonomous driving technology for self-driving vans.
For the integration of the technology into the all-electric ID. BUZZ AD, VWCV has founded a dedicated business section and partnered with Argo AI, the U.S. autonomous vehicle technology platform company, that is developing the self-driving system.
Earlier in 2021, Argo integrated its self-driving system with a Volkswagen vehicle prototype to begin testing in Germany.
VWCV Divisional Director, Christian Senger, says: “Our aim with the self-driving version of the ID. BUZZ is to facilitate commercial deployment of transport and delivery services starting in 2025. In select cities, customers will be able to have a self-driving vehicle take them to their destination. The delivery of goods and packages will also be made much easier through our autonomous driving service.”
Bryan Salesky, Founder and CEO, Argo AI., adds: “We are excited to begin testing our self-driving system on European roads later this year, building on the initial work we’re doing now at a new test track we established next to the Munich airport.”
There are also plans for the commercial use of the future technology for transport service providers. Volkswagen Group subsidiary MOIA will, in 2025, become the first user of the self-driving ID. BUZZ AD. The company develops mobility services at its Berlin and Hamburg locations and works in partnership with cities and local public transport providers.
“MOIA has extensive experience in the field of mobility services and fleet management. Within a very short time, we have set up Europe’s largest, all-electric ridepooling service and provided mobility to millions of passengers. We bring this expertise to the cooperation with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Argo AI. Hamburg will be the first city to offer an autonomous ridepooling service with an ID. Buzz”, says MOIA CEO, Robert Henrich.
Argo AI is a global autonomous vehicle technology platform company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company is developing self- driving technology in partnership with leading automakers, including Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group