Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).
Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.
Michael Jost, Volkswagen's chief strategist, told German business weekly magazine Wirtschaftswoche, that the Volkswagen group alone is responsible for around 2% of global carbon emissions -- roughly the same amount as Germany.
Volkswagen AG plans to save 1 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions a year by making production of its first electric model carbon neutral, part of an effort to clean up its image in the aftermath of the diesel-cheating scandal.
Volkswagen “This is probably more expensive than just having a charging station, but this concept of ‘mobile charging’ might induce some folks to become EV buyers who are worried about a place to plug in,” says Costa Samaras, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University who studies electric vehicles and systems. Mobile electric vehicle chargers are nothing new.