Volkswagen is to start using its upcoming electric ID. Buzz in self-driving vehicle trials this summer as the brand gears up to make its autonomous technology available to customers in the coming years.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has established a special autonomous division and has partnered with autonomous vehicle specialists Argo AI to develop its self-driving systems.
The firm is also shortly set to unveil its ID. Buzz – a new ‘microbus’ that aims to hark back to the model’s original Transporter models, but now featuring an electric powertrain as part of the firm’s growing ‘ID’ range of EVs. Prototypes of this model will begin testing the self-driving tech this summer at Munich Airport, Volkswagen has said, as the firm aims to introduce Level 4-capable autonomous driving technology into its vans.
Christian Sener, divisional director at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Our aim with the self-driving version of the ID. Buzz is to facilitate commercial deployment of transport and delivery services starting in 2025.
“In select cities, customers will be able to have a self-driving vehicle take them to their destination. The delivery of goods and packages will also be made much easier through our autonomous driving service.”
The prototype models will combine lidar, radar and cameras for the autonomous capability, with Argo’s technology said to be able to detect objects from 400m away, as well as ‘items with low reflectivity’.