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Volkswagen and Argo AI to start testing of autonomous commercial vans

Written by Kfir Kedem – May 24, 2021

Reviewed by Theo Koenig

Pittsburg based startup, Argo AI, is planning to start official testing with Volkswagen AG this coming summer. The two companies have been partners since 2019 and are continuing their collaboration. Argo AI will be providing both hardware and software modifications to Volkswagen’s electric ID Buzz vans for the testing. The goal is for Volkswagen to launch automated commercial vehicles with the purpose of delivery and transport by 2025.

Argo AI was founded in 2016 by two partners. One of which had previous experience with the Google (Bryan Salesky) autonomous driving program and the other with Uber’s (Peter Rander). The company has received investment both from Volkswagen as well as Ford Motor Company in return for the development of self-driving functionality.

Auto Trendy’s take:

It is interesting that Volkswagen shows a distinct preference towards automating vehicles for commercial purposes rather than passenger ones. This may be the case as the company has a ride-sharing-focused subsidiary, which means that Volkswagen would see more consistent income by releasing the vehicles as services. In fact, this could be an indication of future driving trends, which could very well be limited for person-owned passenger vehicles and overflow with shared autonomous ones.

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