The Volkswagen Group says it intends on launching fully-autonomous ride-sharing vehicles in a handful of cities globally by 2021.
During the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company’s head of digitization strategy, Johann Jungwirth, said that VW intends on launching autonomous fleets in two to five cities in just a few years’ time and will offer the services to the general public through the Moia and Gett mobility brands, Automotive News.
According to Jungwirth, legislation changes in various countries will make the plans possible.
“We expect the [U.S.] Senate to pass legislation in the middle of next year. Once it does, then Dubai, Singapore and China would follow suit,” he said.
Also discussing the brand’s autonomous future in Frankfurt was chief executive Matthias Muller. The German leader of VW says a fleet of new self-driving vehicles will follow on from the Sedric concept that debuted in March.
“Our team is already working on ideas for a whole Sedric family of fully autonomous vehicles for the city, for luxurious long-range mobility, through self-driving delivery vans and heavy commercial trucks,” he said.