Volkswagen has recently partnered with Aurora, a self-driving technology company, in order to develop technology which will help the elderly and disabled people get around cities much more easily.
Talking ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) of this year, which starts in Las Vegas this coming week, the company said that it would use the technology of Aurora for its so-called mobility-as-a-service fleets.
VW’s chief digital officer, Johann Jungwirth, said: “In the future people can, of course, use our mobility app or digital virtual assistant to hail a self-driving electric vehicle to drive them conveniently door-to-door.
“Working with Aurora… will give us a giant leap forward in our mission to become the world’s leading provider of sustainable mobility, with self-driving vehicles.”
The said technology would then be integrated into the self-driving shuttles, pods, and delivery vans of VW, as well as the self-driving trucks without a cabin.
“Our aim is to create new mobility-as-a-service solutions which customers will be really passionate about because they have been tailored to the human with highest safety standards, best-in-class user experience and digital intelligence. For me, this is the reinvention of mobility and the automobile.”
At the Detroit Auto Show last year, VW revealed a self-driving revamp of the company’s famous camper van, which it called the ID Buzz.