The development process is dubbed “the electrification of the iconic Bulli”. Probably ID. Buzz will change its name to ID 7. Argo AI will install SDS (self-driving system).
The Supervisory Board of the Volkswagen Group has approved a research and development program for autonomous electric propulsion. A budget of over $ 1 billion has been approved. Implementation is entrusted to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV), Argo AI startup and Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) subsidiary. Decided to start with a battery-powered minivan ID. Buzz. Field trials in Germany will start this year, so that serial drones roll out onto the streets of Europe by 2025.
The first autonomous Volkswagens will carry passengers according to the “ride-pooling and ride-sharing” schemes developed by MOIA startup, which was created by the VW Group in 2016. Its electric vans have been operating in Hamburg since December 2020, and will appear in Hanover from August.
All responsibility for the development and production of drones fell on the shoulders of VWCV. “Commercial vehicles are the logical choice for the first application of such systems,” says VWCV CEO Carsten Intra. We are talking about robotic taxis, delivery vans and other special purpose vehicles (Special Purpose Vehicles – SPV). Since Ford has invested in the Argo AI, it will also get something. Not forgotten is the Car.Software organization, which, in parallel and independently of Argo AI, is studying the fourth level autopilot for all brands of the Volkswagen group.