13 October 2021
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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles shows the future of transport at the ITS World Congress: the self-driving Volkswagen ID. BUZZ that will launch in Hamburg in 2025

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) and MOIA have a model of the ID. Buzz AD1 at the ITS World Congress (the transport sector’s most important international trade fair) in Hamburg, to show new uses for self-driving vehicles.

From 2025, self-driving shuttles from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and MOIA will go into use in Hamburg for the first time anywhere in the world. Many major cities in Europe and the USA are then set to follow.

“We see ourselves as the cities’ partners and want these mobility services to make an important contribution to improving the transport offering and road safety,” explained VWCV Management Board Member Michael
Obrowski to Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher.

The Hamburg ITS World Congress sees itself as the most important international industry event in the area of intelligent transport systems and services. It’s an event where specialists come together from the IT, mobility and logistics sectors, as well as from politics and trade associations. The main themes include automated, cooperative and connected mobility: i.e, the transition from driver to autonomous driving.

In addition to the congress for the industry delegates in the re-opened Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), there is also a free-of-charge public day on Thursday, 14 October. In the halls at the trade fair and in selected public spaces a high-calibre on-stage programme is being provided for the visitors, hosted by a regional TV presenter Yared Dibaba.

People can register to attend the public day online at www.itsweltkongress.hamburg

For the Volkswagen Group, autonomous driving is a key technology that makes new mobility solutions possible and increases road safety. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MOIA and US technology company ARGO AI, which developed
the self-driving system, are already trialling their autonomous ride pooling system in a pilot project in Hamburg.

“Using an interactive simulation, MOIA is showing (on its stand in hall 5) the contribution that autonomous ride-pooling in large fleets can make in support of the switch to alternative forms of mobility. MOIA is currently has several hundred vehicles on the road. If the fleet is increased to 1,000 or more, the full advantages of ride-pooling come to the fore. The mobility offering for users increases, individual transport goes down, local public transport benefits”, says MOIA CEO Robert Henrich.

With its standard ride-pooling service, MOIA is supplementing local public transport in Hamburg. During the lockdown, MOIA additionally implemented a night service for the city authority, transporting key workers to their places of work in the period from midnight to 6 a.m.

The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand is a stand-alone brand within the Volkswagen Group responsible for the development, construction and sales of light commercial vehicles. They include the Transporter, Caddy and Amarok ranges, which are produced in Hannover (D), Poznań (PL), Września (PL) and Pacheco (ARG).

Within the Volkswagen Group, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is also the lead brand for Autonomous Driving, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Transport as a Service (TaaS), and in future will therefore be developing and producing corresponding Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV), such as robo-taxis and robo-vans.

MOIA is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. The company develops mobility services at its Berlin and Hamburg locations and works in partnership with cities and local public transport providers. MOIA is currently developing and implementing a ride-pooling system to avoid individual car traffic and use road infrastructure more efficiently. Cities are relieved of congestion, noise and exhaust fumes. MOIA has been offering its ride-pooling service in Hannover since the summer of 2018, followed by Hamburg, the first city with over one million inhabitants, on 15 April 2019. For more information visit www.moia.io.

Argo AI is a global company for autonomous vehicle technology platforms based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In collaboration with leading vehicle manufacturers, including the Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, it is developing self-driving technologies in order to make mobility in cities safe, easy and pleasant for all. Argo is currently running trials with self-driving vehicles on public roads in Miami (Florida), Austin (Texas), Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Michigan and California. More information on Argo can be found at www.argo.ai.