Volkswagen Group of America joins Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium

Dec 12, 2019

  • VWGoA joins group focused on developing standards and best practices for testing and deploying highly automated vehicles
  • Volkswagen Group taking a series of steps to develop future mobility services and solutions across all levels of automated driving
  • VWGoA joins Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Lyft, Toyota and Uber ATG as members of AVSC

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) today announced it has joined The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC). The group, which includes automakers and technology companies, is focused on jointly developing standards and best practices for testing and deploying highly automated vehicles for the future.

“It’s important that the industry work together in the development of standards and best practices for automated driving,” said Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner, chief engineering officer for Volkswagen’s North American Region. “That process begins with efficient testing criteria and we’re excited to begin work with the AVSC to ensure those are defined and adopted across the board.”

Volkswagen Group is taking a series of steps to develop future mobility services and solutions across all levels of automated driving. Among the most significant developments came in July, when Volkswagen announced its investment of approximately $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle platform company, by committing $1 billion in funding and contributing its $1.6 billion Autonomous Intelligent Driving company. This deal, part of an agreement with Ford Motor Co., is still awaiting anti-trust approvals worldwide.

In October, Volkswagen AG announced the foundation of Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH (VWAT) with headquarters in Munich and Wolfsburg. Led by Alexander Hitzinger, Volkswagen AG senior vice president for autonomous driving and member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for technical development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the VWAT subsidiary will be responsible for integrating autonomous systems into future VW vehicles and industrializing their production.

The AVSC, a program of the SAE Industry Technologies Consortia, launched in April 2019. It includes leading OEM and technology member organizations committed to the development of best practices through which AV technology can be responsibly developed, tested and adopted prior to mass deployment.

VWGoA joins Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Lyft, Toyota and Uber ATG as members of AVSC.

The overall objectives of the AVSC are to accelerate industry standards for automated driving systems, implement best practices, and ultimately raise public confidence in and awareness of AVs.

 

About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va. The company has 8,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of nearly 1,000 dealers.

SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC®) is an affiliate of SAE International. The SAE ITC team specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in highly engineered industries globally. (www.sae-itc.com.)

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