Like many other automakers, Volkswagen Group is targeting the next decade as a major turning point for autonomous cars. By 2021, the automaker will introduce a fleet of self-driving EVs for ride-hailing services, reports Automotive News.
The first fleets will arrive in “two to five” cities around the world by the year 2021, says Johann Jungwirth, head of digitization strategy for VW Group. The public will be able to hail these autonomous vehicles through Moia and Gett, two mobility services associated with Volkswagen. Supporting Level 5 autonomy, the fleet of cars, vans, and trucks should be able to navigate themselves to any address in a given city. Testing on fully autonomous vehicles will begin soon at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany.
Other automakers have announced similar goals. Ford said it would offer autonomous vehicles for ride-hailing services by 2021, and Nissan announced in its six-year plan that it wants its own fleet of robo-taxis. Similarly, Mercedes and Bosch plan to bring autonomous technology to urban roads by the beginning of next decade, a feat which the companies say will increase the viability of car sharing.
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