Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is working with Argo AI on the development of Level-4 capable self-driving vehicles, using its soon to be launched ID.Buzz electric van.
The company says that light commercial vehicles are the first logical place to utilise autonomous transportation, for people and goods.
“Our aim with the self-driving version of the ID.Buzz is to facilitate commercial deployment of transport and delivery services starting in 2025,” said divisional director Christian Senger.
VWCV has created a dedicated business section to integrate the technology into the ID.Buzz platform. Argo AI already has vehicles testing the technology in six cities in the United States and now, with Volkswagen, is setting up a test site next to Munich Airport.
“We are excited to begin testing our self-driving system on European roads later this year,” said Bryan Salesky, CEO of Argo AI.
“This technology will be integrated in the self-driving system of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ autonomous driving vehicles.”
All-in aftercare for older vans
Volkswagen has also launched an aftercare plan targeted at customers with vans of three to six years old.