Volkswagen's self-driving car begins test drive in the US

Volkswagen , a German automaker, has started testing self-driving car technology in Austin, Texas, USA. Several other companies are testing self-driving cars in Austin.

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Volkswagen has launched a test program for self-driving cars in the United States. In this program, self-driving cars equipped with self-driving technology developed by self-driving company Mobileye and technology using small-scale electronic IDs will be tested.

Volkswagen and Mobileye will start testing with two self-driving cars and plan to expand to 10 test vehicles by the end of 2023. Volkswagen is also expanding its test vehicle fleet in Austin, with plans to conduct tests in at least four U.S. cities by 2026.

According to Volkswagen, the self-driving car used for the test is the company's electric car ID. Buzz packed with Mobileye's self-driving technology (camera, radar, LiDAR technology, etc.). In the early stages of testing, each vehicle will have a human driver who will constantly monitor the behavior of the autonomous vehicle.

Volkswagen is already using test vehicles to test automated driving technology in Europe and plans to offer fleet management and remote guidance solutions to other mobility and transport companies in the future. At the time of writing the article, Volkswagen said, 'We have not built our own dedicated dispatch service.'

Volkswagen is testing vehicles in

geofenced areas, including east and downtown Austin, and will eventually test outside of these areas.

Katrin Lohmann, president of Volkswagen's Autonomous Mobility and Transport as a Service Group, explains why Austin was chosen as the test site for the company's self-driving vehicles: We have a track record of acceptance and an environment suitable for testing self-driving cars.'

Roman said Volkswagen will implement a comprehensive program leading to testing by a 'closed user group' of interested parties from 2024, with plans to expand into commercial service in 2026. is. Volkswagen plans to build a ride-hailing service and goods delivery, ideally both services could be available by 2026.

In Texas, self-driving cars are regulated based on the law enacted in 2017, and if you comply with traffic laws and regulations, take out insurance like a normal car, and have a video recording device, you can use it in your car. It is possible to drive on the road without a driver.

In Texas, many companies such as Waymo and GM Cruise are testing automatic driving technology, and Volkswagen will join them. In recent years, Austin has become a favorite test site for self-driving technology, with several companies conducting tests there since 2016.

In early 2023, Google subsidiary Waymo was one of the first companies to test a self-driving car in central Texas. The company is testing its self-driving technology on Jaguar's electric vehicle, the I-PACE .

In addition, Waymo has already tested automatic driving car technology in multiple cities in the United States, and it is reported that a collision accident with a small dog occurred on the road in San Francisco.

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GM Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, has been testing autonomous driving technology in Austin since the fall of 2022, and in December 2022, it will begin offering a dispatch service using autonomous vehicles to the general public. . The company has announced that it will test Origin, an unmanned taxi without a driver's seat, steering wheel or pedals, in Austin during South by Southwest in March 2023. GM Cruise mentions that this origin is not open to the public at the time of writing, but may be completed within a few months.

Ford- and Volkswagen-backed self-driving car tech developer Argo AI is also testing self-driving technology in Austin until it shuts down in 2022, and has partnered with Lyft and Walmart on ride-hailing and delivery services. I was. With the closure of Argo AI, it is reported that the company's employees have shifted to the development of automatic driving technology at Ford and Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles board member Christian Zenger has confirmed that the company's self-driving car business also includes former Argo AI employees, but what Argo AI has taken It mentions that a different approach is taken. Zenger said the expansion of Volkswagen's self-driving car program across North America is the next step in the company's global roadmap for self-driving car technology.

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