Volkswagen and Ford are intensifying their cooperation in the strategically important fields of electric mobility and autonomous driving. Volkswagen has already achieved a significant amount in both areas. An overview
Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG are expanding their global cooperation. It now also includes electric mobility and – in conjunction with Argo AI – autonomous driving, to be introduced on the US and European markets. Both companies want to increase their competitiveness, tailor their products even better to the needs of customers worldwide and at the same time increase capital efficiency.
In both areas, electromobility and autonomous driving, the automobile manufacturers expect synergy effects. For example, Ford intends to produce its electric models on the basis of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) developed by Volkswagen. This will enable the US carmaker to offer at least one pure battery electric vehicle in large numbers in Europe from 2023. Access to the e-architecture already scaled-up by Volkswagen will enable Ford to expand its vehicle portfolio even more efficiently.
In addition, the Volkswagen Group intends to acquire a stake in the Ford subsidiary Argo AI in order to further advance the technology for autonomous driving in the USA and Europe. Volkswagen and Ford intend to use Argo AI's Self Driving System (SDS) in their own vehicles independently of each other in order to expand the two companies’ respective mobility services. Argo AI's SDS is designed to offer fully automated driving according to SAE Level 4 and to open up new possibilities for fully automated vehicles, especially for ride sharing and delivery services in city centers.
The press release can be found here
Here we present an overview of current projects that illustrate how far the Volkswagen Group already is today in the two future fields of e-mobility and autonomous driving.