A self-driving future

How vehicle and tech companies partner to adapt to a self-driving future ?

Vehicle and tech companies are teaming up to tackle the industry's fast-changing trends led by artificial intelligence and autonomous driving.

Volkswagen partnered with Aurora to research and develop autonomous vehicles, as carmakers are faced with the challenge to adapt to a self-driving future. Aurora integrated its package of hardware, sensors and software into Volkswagen's self-driving platform. Aurora was founded by Chris Urmson, Google's former self-driving chief, Sterling Anderson, Tesla's former autopilot chief and Drew Bagnell, a co-founder of Uber's self-driving car unit.

 

"The German carmaker is planning on investing several billions into the self-driving and electric vehicle research over the next few years."

 

Following the demonstration of the concept of this self-driving vehicle, the coming challenge will be to develop a fleet of self-driving cars that can be summoned on demand. Volkswagen hopes to increase the number of its self-driving test vehicles to a thousand by 2020. The German carmaker is planning on investing several billions into the self-driving and electric vehicle research over the next few years.

The Silicon Valley's company made it its mission to bring autonomous cars to the road quicker by working closely with automakers. Mr Anderson argued that: " Our mission is to get this tech out as quickly and broadly and safely as possible", hence developing their tech unit in conjunction with car designers.

The race started as several carmakers, such as BMW announced a collaboration with chipmaker Intel to produce self-driving cars by 2021. Furthermore, Hyundai partnered with Aurora to deliver self-driving vehicles to the market by 2021 as well as with Cisco Systems and Baidu to develop internet-connected cars.

 

For more information, visit Volkswagen's website.

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