Volkswagen Group of America test autonomous ID. Buzz

VW plans to put self-driving cars on the streets of Austin, the capital of Texas, later this month. It is the first time that the company is tackling such a project in the USA.

A total of ten units of the VW ID. Buzz with autonomous driving technology will be deployed. Tests in Germany are also likely to start at the same time.

VW is lagging behind when it comes to autonomous driving. Companies like Waymo, for example, are already much further ahead, especially in the USA. In this case, the vehicles are already driving entirely without a driver. In VW’s case, a supervisor will remain behind the wheel.

Testing will continue until 2026, when the self-driving electric vehicles will be put on the road. Until then, the Texas test fleet will continue to grow and the test will be extended to four other American cities.

“Expanding our autonomous vehicle program to the North American Region is the next step in our global strategic roadmap, and the result of a long-term collaborative investment”, said Christian Senger, Member of the board of management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with responsibility for the development of autonomous driving. “Moving into this next phase will help us test, validate and refine technology, bring us closer to establishing commercially available transportation offerings and eventually grow the diverse mobility portfolio for the Volkswagen Group.”, (in German)


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