The Volkswagen Group has confirmed that the Moia electric ride-sharing, car will be the first to feature the advanced driverless technology developed alongside technical specialist Aurora.
The model, which was shown at the end of last year, will be the world’s first purpose-built ride-sharing vehicles and product from Moia, the VW Group, recently launched mobility services brand.
Moia uses hardware and software that benefits from ex-Google driverless car boss Chris Urmson of the company Aurora. Hyundai has recently confirmed that it is a tech tie-up with the American firm.
As part of its self goal to become a world leader in autonomous vehicles by 2025, Volkswagen intends to produce self-driving containers such as its 2017 Sedric concept, plus shuttles, vans, and trucks without a cab. While it’s not a date, the Moia is likely to arrive early in the next decade.
Aurora is an independent company that has announced plans to work with several car makers, has been using a Audi Q7 test car to evaluate their systems. You said earlier that you want to develop a self-driving platform that is able to offer to the market, but the new tie-ups can allow you to create custom systems for these brands of vehicles.
“Our priority in Aurora is to make self-driving cars a reality quickly, widely and safely, and we know we will get there faster thanks to the collaboration with the innovative car manufacturers like the Volkswagen Group,” said Urmson. “This partnership establishes a deep collaboration by using Aurora self-driving technology, and together we will bring self-driving vehicles to the market on a large scale.”
Hyundai intends to his work with Aurora to help produce a level of four cars, which can control itself, without any driver interference under certain circumstances, by 2021, the year Volkswagen intends to bring the first driverless car to the market.
Woong-Chul Yang, Hyundai’s vice chairman, said: “we know that the future of transportation is autonomous, and autonomous driving technology has to be proven in the real world to accelerate the deployment in a secure environment and scalable.
“By combining our advanced technology of vehicles incorporating the latest safety features with the Aurora main-level suite of four stand-alone technology to advance this revolution in mobility with Hyundai in a position of leadership.”