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By Max Bernhard
Volkswagen AG (VOW.XE) said Monday that it has established a new subsidiary to bring a self-driving system to market maturity and build up know-how.
The German car maker said the new unit, Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH, will focus on autonomous vehicle technology from level four. The Society of Automobile Engineers classifies self-driving technology by levels zero to five, where level five means no human intervention is required at all during driving.
"The first application cases are planned in the commercial sector. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles...will develop and build special-purpose vehicles such as robo taxis and robo vans," Volkswagen said.
The new business will be headquartered in Wolfsburg and Munich and have a subsidiary in Silicon Valley, while the establishment of another subsidiary is planned in China for 2021.
"We plan to start commercializing autonomous driving at a large scale around the middle of the next decade," said Alexander Hitzinger, who will be managing the new unit.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 28, 2019 07:20 ET (11:20 GMT)
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