Volkswagen and Argo AI Develop, Check Autonomous ID Buzz

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The aim is to prepare self-driving ID Buzzes for the commercial delivery service in 2025. The test program hopes to get the vehicles out of the test facility and onto public roads later this year.

In contrast to a particularly optimistic automaker with self-driving cars and its driver assistance system that eschews lidar (it rhymes with “besla”), Argo AI’s sensor suite includes the more extensive scanning technology. The company’s new “Argo Lidar” can resolve an object from a distance of 437 meters and detect only a single photon reflected from an object with low reflectivity. In addition to lidar, the system includes radar and cameras.

In the early days of the system, one user was already registered: the VW subsidiary MOIA, a car-sharing agency in Germany. If everything goes according to plan, the company will deploy the ID Buzz as an autonomous carpooling vehicle by 2025.

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