Volkswagen Autonomy opened in Silicon Valley a new centre of excellence for Autonomous Driving

9.1.2020. The 2019 based Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH (VWAT) wants to open in California, a new centre of excellence for the research and development of Autonomous vehicles. The Volkswagen announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2020 (CES) in Las Vegas.

The new competence center is part of a global group company, in order to realize in the world of self-propelled system.

Its seat is the centre of excellence (centre of Excellence) in the Innovation and Engineering Center of Volkswagen Group of America, California Belmont, just outside San Francisco and in the Silicon Valley have. This year, 50 to 100 experts to start for the systems engineering and system architecture work in a competence centre. Volkswagen Autonomy is in use in the United States all for the project relevant to the technology partnerships of the Volkswagen group. The stated goal: by mid-decade, Autonomous systems are to be brought to market maturity.

“With our Volkswagen Autonomy Center in Silicon Valley, we are tapping into one of the world’s largest talent pools for Autonomous technologies, and connect it with the global orientation of our company and the experience of eight decades in the automotive industry,” says Alexander Hitzinger, Director of Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH. “We will transfer the results of this work in all of our group brands and the technical challenges and financial hurdles to overcome, our promise, to make Autonomous Driving a reality.”

The Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH has currently offices in Wolfsburg and Munich. In addition to the new location in California is to be opened soon, a further center of competence in China. The four centers are in the area of Autonomous driving, all of the development of the Volkswagen group’s work to bundle and coordinate.

The Volkswagen group expects that the first applications for Autonomous vehicles in the industrial area will be available. VWAT want to develop against this Background, the appropriate series system, which are then integrated into Volkswagen commercial vehicles. Such as Autonomous Taxis or delivery trucks in the styles already being used as a study, presented ID. BUZZ and ID. BUZZ CARGO with full electric drive.

“With Volkswagen Autonomy, we establish a technological powerhouse that combines the Know-how of one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturer with the culture and the agile working techniques of the technology sector,” says Alexander Hitzinger. “We want to offer the best combination of hardware and Software integrated in a package that offers our customers life-changing benefits.”

Alexander Hitzinger is the strategy of the Volkswagen group’s Autonomous Driving in the context of the CES panel on “IoT and Artificial Intelligence Revolutionizing Transportation” on Thursday the 9. January 2020 from 11:30 AM PST in room N262 of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North imagine.

Alexander Hitzinger (photo: Volkswagen AG)

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