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The level 4 technology will be tested at Munich Airport from the summer
The electric van from VW called ID.Buzz will drive autonomously. The first prototypes based on the new model are to be tested in the Munich area as early as this summer. They are supposed to be autonomous driving master at level 4.
For the tests, VW partner Argo has now set up a test field in the immediate vicinity of Munich Airport.
The autonomous transport of people and goods in the VW Group is initially intended for light commercial vehicles such as the ID.Buzz Become a reality from 2025:
"Our goal is to enable the autonomous version of the ID.Buzz to be used commercially in driving and delivery services from 2025 onwards." (Christian Senger, Head of Autonomous Driving at VW Commercial Vehicles)
Picture gallery: VW I.D. Buzz (Pebble Beach)
The ID.Buzz as an electrically powered bus is scheduled to start as early as 2022, the autonomous version called ID.Buzz AD (probably for "Autonomous Driving") apparently does not follow until three years later. From 2025 onwards, autonomous vehicles should be able to take you to your destination "in selected cities". Autonomous driving should also reduce the burden on parcel service deliverers, it is said. That means: VW also wants to sell the car to Amazon, DHL & Co..
VW uses Argo AI technology for the autonomously driving ID.Buzz AD. The US specialist from Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) is 40 percent owned by the Ford and the VW group; the rest of 20 percent belongs to employees.
Typical lidar: the scanner on the roof emits light waves
Unlike, for example, Tesla's "Full Self Driving (FSD)" The Self-Driving-System (SDS) from VW and Argo uses what is known as Lidar technology (light detection and ranging). As the full term "Light detection and ranging" suggests, Lidar is based on light waves: a scanner, often mounted on the roof, sends out light waves and detects (detection ") the reflected light. The distance between the objects is determined on the basis of the photon transit time (" ranging ") and created a three-dimensional image of the environment from it, as can be seen in our cover picture.
The Argo technology should still be able to detect objects in 400 meters. Even individual photons should be detectable, which means that objects that reflect very weakly can also be detected. This technology is also used in the ID.Buzz and combined with radar sensors and cameras.
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In 2025, the group subsidiary Moia, founded in 2016 Be the first to use the self-driving ID.Buzz AD. Moia is responsible for "mobility services" in the VW Group and operates a ride pooling service in Hamburg and Hanover. Hamburg is also to be the first city to have an autonomous ride pooling service with an ID.Buzz. Ridepooling is something like a mixture of local public transport (OPNV) and taxi: You call the shared taxi via app or phone (as with a taxi), but share it with others (as in public transport).
The ID.Buzz AD is to be used by the ridepooling provider Moia (Image: Moia shared taxi)
VW had already announced a new test site in Germany for the autonomous prototypes in March. At that time it was also announced that an ID.Buzz will first benefit from the technology and that this will be used from 2025.
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