On Monday, Volkswagen announced the opening of its Volkswagen Autonomy (VWAT) unit, local media reported. The company calls the new subsidiary a “center of excellence” for autonomous driving, which will focus on the development of self-driving systems for Level 4 and Level 5.
On the SAE standard, level 4 and Level 5 systems do not require any human intervention during driving, even if something goes wrong.
But vwAT will not be the first to be used in passenger cars, instead focusing on developing solutions for transporting people and goods in urban environments.
Alexander Hitzinger, a former vice president of self-driving at Volkswagen, will take over the management of the new division. He stressed that THE development costs of VWAT would be very high, adding that VWAT’s task was to create an agile team that brought the technology to market in the most efficient way possible.
Volkswagen Autonomy is expected to become a global company with its first offices in Munich and Wolfsburg. Next year, the German carmaker plans to open an office in Silicon Valley and land in China in 2021. By the end of the year, all resources related to self-driving will be transferred from The Volkswagen Group to the new subsidiary.