Autonomous

VW Planning Autonomous ID.Buzz Vans for Commercial Use by 2025

  • Volkswagen announced that it plans to have Level 4 autonomous ID.Buzz vans ready for commercial use by 2025; the non-autonomous ID.Buzz is still scheduled to arrive in 2023.
  • VW said that it plans to put the vans in service as a ride-sharing fleet, following the current practice of a VW Group subsidiary called Moia.
  • VW previously announced that it plans to unveil autonomous ID.Buzz vans in Qatar for the World Cup in 2022. Those vans would run on semi-fixed routes.

    Volkswagen announced today that it is aiming to have a Level 4 autonomous ID.Buzz—its forthcoming electric minivan—in service for commercial use by 2025. The German automaker said that it is currently conducting field testing in Germany using technology developed by Argo AI, a self-driving startup both VW and Ford have invested in. Argo AI’s tech will be used in the ID.Buzz and rolled out in 2025.

    VW said that the

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    Apple is reportedly nearing a deal to build its autonomous electric car with Hyundai



    Tim Cook wearing a suit and tie: Apple is nearing a manufacturing deal with Hyundai Motor Group, CNBC reported. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images


    © Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images
    Apple is nearing a manufacturing deal with Hyundai Motor Group, CNBC reported. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images

    • Apple and Hyundai are nearing a deal to build an electric car together, CNBC reported Wednesday. 
    • The Apple-branded car would be built at Kia’s plant in Georgia, the outlet reported. 
    • Sources told CNBC that the deal wasn’t done and Apple may partner with another automaker.
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    Apple is nearing a deal with Hyundai Motor Group to build a self-driving electric vehicle of its own, CNBC’s Phil LeBeau and Meghan Reeder reported Wednesday, citing multiple sources familiar with the project.

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    If finalized, the EV would be Apple-branded and built at Kia’s assembly plant in West Point, Georgia, CNBC reported. 

    Sources told the outlet the deal wasn’t done yet

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    Hyundai Will Build the Fully Autonomous Apple Car at the U.S. Kia Facility

    Month-long reports of a possible deal between Apple and Hyundai, which would bring forth the Apple Car, also known as Project Titan, are kicking into high gear again. Despite denials from Hyundai, the carmaker and the tech giant really are in negotiations over a possible deal.

    In fact, CNBC reports, the negotiations are in the final stretches, which would mean the deal is about to be finalized. It would see Apple building its car at the Kia facility in West point, Georgia, no later than 2024.

    Word of the Apple Car, or Project Titan, has been around for years, but Apple has said nothing on the record about it yet, in typical fashion. It is believed Hyundai was “forced” to walk back on a previous statement about the deal being negotiated because Apple is so keen on secrecy around all its projects.

    Still, like in every other industry, word

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    Starting in 2024, Full Mercedes-Benz Lineup to Get Autonomous Tech

    • Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia have announced a new partnership that will bring upgradable AVs and, maybe, a Mercedes App Store.
    • This new deal doesn’t exactly replace Benz’s previous deal with BMW, which was put on hold last week due to future model timing.
    • Based on the Nvidia DRIVE platform, the new partnership will be used in every next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicle starting in 2024.

      When planning for the future, it doesn’t hurt to give yourself some options. Last year, for example, Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced that they would work together on autonomous passenger cars that would be available to private customers starting in 2024. Last week, that cooperation effort was put on hold and then this week, Mercedes announced a new partnership with Nvidia on automated-driving technology to be trolled out in new Benzes starting in 2024.

      Even though that could be read as Daimler swapping out BMW for Nvidia for its

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