Volkswagen: autonomous driving again this decade

Volkswagen wants to bring 2020 vehicles to the market at the latest, which is fully automatic on motorways. Once again in this decade, vehicles were first developed above all in the premium segment, said the head of VW Group research, Jurgen Leohold, on Friday in Dresden. "We ame that until then, the legal framework conditions are clarified."In the 2020s, autonomous driving will also gain importance outside the highway.

This view currently share many automakers. At almost all, systems were allowed to develop systems that relieve the driver at least from a part of his previous tasks. Mercedes shows this with the new E-Class. A slightly different way Volvo: near Goteborg was set up in 2014 a 100-meter long test track, in which magnets are admitted. They allow an exact determination of the position of a car.

But the path from the partial autonomous to the fully-autonomous car is far and under no circumstances to sign. Not without reason, active lane support assistants demand – which can already give an idea of completely autonomous driving in connection with a distance pomat – that the driver remains on the ball. Determines the system that the driver releases the steering wheel, warn optically and acoustically. Usually this is regulated via a microimpulse. The steering wheel is briefly moved by the steering and for the driver. If no resistance is there, the warning comes. So the automakers currently secure. Unfortunately, the warning works in some cars something overcooked – in some test cars from Skoda we have already observed that.

Volkswagen had already declared several times to put in the coming years on electromobility and to put autonomous driving. In addition, Volkswagen wants to produce its own modular electric former for electric cars. According to Leohold, the first products should come to the market for the years 2019/2020. "These are then full electric vehicles."Decisive for the breakthrough of electric cars is the production of battery cells:" A gigantic challenge."

However, it is still open if VW will also build its own battery factory. "We are currently doing our most intense thoughts, whether we buy this with suppliers – as today – or enter your own production," said Leohold. The then also from where and how raw materials can be obtained as lithium. At the end of May, the DPA had learned from group circles that the Group was the construction of a battery factory. Such a work could cost up to ten billion euros.

(with material of dpaTo)

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