VW CEO Rides in First ID. Buzz Autonomous Test Drive [VIDEO]
Following reports earlier this month saying that the Volkswagen ID Buzz would also be developed into an autonomous vehicle, the company’s top executive has taken the first ride in the driverless vehicle through a German city.
Volkswagen’s CEO Herbert Diess took the ID Buzz around Munich for its first autonomous drive this week, according to a video shared by Volkswagen on Friday (via Automotive News Europe).
Diess took the vehicle’s backseat while the vehicle drove around the city, sitting with an autonomy specialist who he interviews as the vehicle is driving.
The CEO also asks how the vehicle can interpret the intentions of pedestrians, and about necessary sensor redundancies to further increase safety in autonomous systems, among other questions.
Earlier this month, Volkswagen launched its online ordering system for buyers in Germany, not unlike how Tesla performs online sales.
Volkswagen also saw a 65 percent increase year-over-year in battery-electric vehicle sales in the first quarter as the company looks to ramp up production and delivery of its EVs.
Last month, Volkswagen also announced delays to ID.5 deliveries, due to supply chain issues with the wire harnesses it gets from Ukraine.
You can watch Diess’s full 8-minute video showing his ride in the back of the Argo-based autonomous ID Buzz below.