Volkswagen detailed at CES on Wednesday an important step in the company’s push for self-driving cars, not only to build a new nerve center in Silicon Valley to research and develop the technology, but also to create a subsidiary, Autonomy, Inc., to support the technology,media reported. The new engineering center at the Innovation and Engineering Center in Belmont, California, is expected to hire 50 to 100 systems engineers and architecture experts this year.
In the future, the subsidiary will eventually move to the attached plant or expand the existing space as new business grows.
The newly formed Volkswagen Autonomy, Inc., will be part of Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH. The new company is currently based in Munich, but the carmaker said it expected to open an additional office in China soon.
Volkswagen’s new Silicon Valley move will focus not only on developing future self-driving car technology for consumers, but also on self-driving commercial vehicles. In fact, VW believes that fully autonomous driving technology will not appear in passenger cars in the first place, but in commercial areas such as taxis or in delivery tools such as ID Buzz Cargo.