VW Commercial Vehicles moves ahead with autonomous driving
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is consistently trying to advance the development and the implementation of autonomous driving.
“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. 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”, explains Carsten Intra, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
As of 2025
The introduction of autonomous systems for traffic use in 2025 is currently being prepared at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Christian Senger, Head of Autonomous Driving: “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.”
“The aim is to develop a ride-hailing and pooling concept similar to what MOIA (VW’s ride-sharing services in Germany) offers today. 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.”
As part of their cooperation, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have invested equally in Argo AI; a company specialized in software platforms for Autonomous Driving.
The goal: the consistent and fast development and use of autonomous systems. In addition to the initial investment of one billion US-Dollars, Volkswagen also brought its subsidiary AID (Autonomous Intelligent Driving) into Argo AI.
The commercial vehicle brand is responsible for developing fully autonomous systems and their commercial use in urban areas. VWCV will develop and build Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV), such as robot-taxis and vans.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles develops the vehicles in which Argo’s self-driving system (SDS) will be used. They are based on the all-electric ID. Buzz, which will have its world premiere next year. The developments are already running at full speed to not only electrify the iconic Bulli but also transform it into a groundbreaking autonomous vehicle with SDS.