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autonomous minibuses for 2025?

At the World Electric Mobility Congress in Hamburg, Volkswagen is showing its ambitions for autonomous driving with its ID.Buzz.

On the occasion of global meeting of intelligent mobility and the digitization of transport – theITS World Congress 2021 which takes place at Hamburg Volkswagen promoted his VW ID.Buzz, in a stand-alone prototype. The group has the ambition to launch such a shuttle from here 2025 !

Volkswagen is entering the autonomous shuttle sector

Within 4 years, the division VW Commercial Vehicles wishes to offer trips with self-driving minibuses to Hamburg. Thus supplementing the city’s public transport. Thus, the brand wants to launch its robotaxis service in 2025, relying on a flagship vehicle: its famous Combi updated, with electric motor and autonomous driving technologies.

In Hamburg, the MOIA mobility service, which is a subsidiary of VW which since 2017 already operates a fleet of electric carsharing vehicles in Hamburg and offers a carpooling service in the city. And from 2025, the vehicles in service will also be autonomous there. Spearheading the Volkswagen ID. Buzz AD, for “Autonomous Driving”. Visitors will be able to sit there and see on the screen how VW sees the mobility of the future.

« We see ourselves as a partner of cities and we want to make an important contribution to improving urban transport and road safety through these mobility services.“Said Michael Obrowski, CFO of VW Commercial Vehicles. After the premiere in Hamburg in 2025, the vehicles will have to be used in other cities in Europe and the United States.

The development of the electric Combi in project since 2017

Four years ago, the German manufacturer unveiled l’ID Buzz, an electric van concept inspired by Type 2, its famous Combi. Volkswagen had already announced during the Munich show last September that this vehicle would serve as a platform for the commercial launch of its robotaxis service, scheduled for 2025 in Germany. The van is currently in the testing phase at Munich airport.

To do this, the Minibus embeds hardware and software technologies developed by Argo AI, an American start-up also financed by Ford. The two manufacturers have come together to form a “global alliance” which aims to co-develop electric and autonomous vehicles, in particular with the aim of sharing the colossal costs required by such technologies.

The robotaxis service will also be operated by MOIA by 2025.

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