Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schafer said in an interview with AutoCar that the automaker’s self-driving cars will become mainstream globally by 2030 and that the company is “strengthening its development partnerships.”
Thomas Schafer said: “Our goal is to provide our customers with the most powerful functions as early as possible, and to carry out our development in the cheapest way possible. Its software company Cariad will focus on autonomous driving development in China, and Bosch will be a key player in the development of autonomous vehicles.” its partners in other parts of the world.”
Thomas Schafer also said, “The technology is already there, and we are conducting self-driving tests in Hamburg and Munich. The cost of the related cars is still prohibitive, because the production volume is so small, and there will always be a need to prove that the system can drive better than people. Legislation in this area is important, and the situation in each country is completely different.”
“There has to be a focus on autonomous driving, there is huge profit and opportunity in this area. I wouldn’t say winner takes all, but it’s an early game and can’t wait,” he said.
Thomas Schafter also talked about some of Volkswagen’s problems in launching self-driving cars, “that is, legislation, camera systems, chips, energy consumption, and computing speed. Cars will be the largest data collection devices ever. It’s complicated.”