The pressure for making rapid technological advancement in the field of autonomous driving and self driving cars is pushing global auto companies to invest more time resources. This is evident in the decision of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen AG to create a new subsidiary called Volkswagen Autonomy (VWAT)completely dedicated to self driving tech. The company announced recently that this new subsidiary would be treated as a center of and would only be focused on development of technologies for self driving cars.
The company said that the new subsidiary will be headquartered in Munich and Wolfsburg, and it will also have a subsidiary in Silicon Valley. The German carmaker also announced that it will also add a location in China in 2021 for setting up a branch of the company.
Within the VW Group, the VWAT will act a single source of know-how and technologies and would serve the entire group companies centrally. The aim of the new venture by VW, according to the company, is to try and bring to a level of market maturity a self-driving system (SDS) for level 4 autonomous driving.
In the self driving parlance, level 4 autonomous driving refers to a level of use of technology where in the permanent control of the vehicle will be taken over by a computer but a human driver still has to remain in the driver’s seat of the vehicle in the eventuality of any emergency. The human driver is prompted to take over controls manually in case of the computer or the system is unable to continue with the driving tasks.
“We want to establish Volkswagen Autonomy as a global technology company where we bundle expertise from the automotive and technology industries, combining the agility and creativity of a high-performance culture with process orientation and scalability,” said Alexander Hitzinger, head of VWAT and member of the Volkswagen board.
“Autonomous driving presents the entire industry with major challenges. High development costs, extremely high demands on sensor technology plus a lack of regulatory systems and heterogeneous regional standards,” said Hitzinger.
(Adapted from Xinhaunet.com)