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Volkswagen has founded a new business unit and partnered with Argo AI, an American autonomous vehicle technology company, to develop the self-driving system.

15 May 2021 | International News : Germany


The first self-driving prototypes of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz electric vehicle will soon begin trials in Munich, Germany. It marks a milestone for Volkswagen Group and its Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, which plans to implement Level 4-capable autonomous driving technology for self-driving vans. 

To integrate the autonomous technology into the all-electric ID. Buzz, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has founded a dedicated business unit and partnered with Argo AI, an American autonomous vehicle technology company, to develop the self-driving system. Earlier this year, Argo AI integrated its self-driving system with a Volkswagen vehicle prototype.

Argo Lidar can detect objects from 400m away
Argo AI recently unveiled its new Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) sensor, Argo Lidar, which allows it to detect objects from 400m away when used with a combination of radar and cameras.

The technology has the ability to sense the smallest traces of light, enabling it to register objects with low reflectivity. This will be integrated in the self-driving system of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' autonomous driving vehicles.

There are also plans for the implementation of this technology with transport service providers. Volkswagen Group subsidiary MOIA will become the first user of the self-driving ID. Buzz in a ridesharing capacity by 2025.

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