The electric minivan has a VW ID. Buzz will be the fourth level of autonomyJune 5, 2020
Volkswagen and Ford invested $ 2.6 billion in ArgoAI, an American startup developing autonomous vehicles. The company will remain independent, but will operate on two continents, in the US and Europe. The first result of the collaboration will be an almost completely unmanned cult hippy minivan.
The German automaker Volkswagen and its American counterpart Ford last summer decided to join forces and invest together in unmanned technology. In total, they invested $ 2.6 billion, both in cash and in resources, in the ArgoAI startup, which will now be called Argo Munich, reports BI.
“Our mission is built on the importance of building trust in automated control technology,” said Brian Saleski and Reinhard Stolle of Argo Munich. – Now, when we work on two continents with partners from Ford and Volkswagen, this mission is becoming more important than ever. With the support of the two largest automakers, we have a bright future. ”
In particular, the Argo team will be engaged in an electrified minibus VW ID. Buzz. The cult WV T1 received a new life thanks to the MEB universal electric platform, on top of which a body is installed that really resembles its predecessor, which was produced from the 50s to the 70s of the last century. Now it has two electric motors with a total capacity of 369 liters. sec., and the range is approximately 600 km. In addition, thanks to the investments of VW and Ford, the minivan will have a fourth level of autonomy – that is, the driver does not need constant attention, and if he falls asleep while driving in front of a difficult section, the car will simply pull over.
According to John Lawler, head of Ford Autonomous Vehicles, Argo does not include the task of becoming the first in the field of vehicle automation. The main thing is to make the life of the company’s customers more convenient, provide them with new opportunities and offer cities new solutions to the transport problem. “Creating a safe, scalable and reliable unmanned service is not an easy task,” he emphasized.
At the start of the year, Cruise, a division of General Motors, introduced the van without a steering wheel. Such cars will become, according to the idea of the company, the basis of the taxi fleet of the future.
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