Argo AI Volkswagen Self-Driving Autonomous ID Buzz Robotaxi
Remember Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. BUZZ AD (Autonomous Driving) vehicle from years back? Well, the automaker has teamed up with Argo AI in preparation for the launch of autonomous services in Germany and beyond. This retro-futuristic van is set to become the first Volkswagen Group vehicle equipped with SAE Level 4 automation capabilities, and it’s currently being tested on Argo’s brand new closed-course track at Franz Josef Strauss International Airport in Munich. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.



Argo’s new test track at tje Munich International Airport is large enough for the team to conduct motion control and planning tests as well as specialty testing for the company’s Lidar technology. Autonomy testing is expedited through the incorporation of regional road conditions, such as unique parking scenarios, European-style roundabouts, signs and even painted road signals. The Argo AI system features a variety sensors and software that give the computer 360 ° awareness of the vehicle’s environment, enabling it to predict the actions of pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, while still directing the engine, braking as well as steering systems so that it moves safely, like an experienced driver.

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Argo AI Volkswagen Self-Driving Autonomous ID Buzz Robotaxi
Argo AI Volkswagen Self-Driving Autonomous ID Buzz Robotaxi

One of the major differences of the ID. BUZZ compared to a normal car is the roof, which is huge, and provides a lot of flexibility for integrating Argo Lidar and other sensors. In close collaboration with Volkswagen we have managed to arrange the cameras and radar in a beautifully designed tiara around the lidar,” said Arndt von Bieren, a senior hardware engineering manager at Argo.