Volkswagen To Launch Fully-Autonomous Ride-Sharing In 2021

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.

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  • gary4205

    What an insane waste of money and effort.

    • Bash

      Don’t be so sure, this (Autonomous Taxis, with -say- a specific/defined /shuttle like transportation vehicle) makes more sense than a regular Autonomous cars.

  • rover10

    Ultimately, this is the shape of cars of the future, especially ones operating in cities and large towns. There is every likelihood that these cube vehicles could link up with other cubes, heading for the same destination, forming road trains. They won’t be physically attached, but linked electronically so they can reroute as and when. Such a revolution will sound the deathknell for many manufactures, as all cars will virtually look the same….literally!

  • sidewaysspin

    How sad most cars will look like this in 20 years.

  • Six Thousand Times

    2021 seems quite a bit too soon. I’m going to say 2027 for something to be reliable enough to put passengers into.

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