Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Welcomes Volkswagen Group of America as its Newest Member, Expanding its International Expertise

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Volkswagen Group of America Joins Expanding List of Automakers and Ride Share Operators to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Automated Vehicle Technology

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“Volkswagen is known for manufacturing safe and reliable vehicles. Now as an AVSC member, it is continuing its commitment to making our roads safer with reliable AV technology.” Dr. Edward Straub, executive director of the AVSC

The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) today bolstered its international reach by welcoming Volkswagen Group of America as the latest member of the consortium. This recent addition will further support the AVSC in developing best safety practices around which automated vehicle (AV) technology can be responsibly developed and adopted ahead of broad deployment.

“As we continue developing best practices around the safe deployment of automated vehicles, it’s important that we expand the AVSC to bring together innovative companies from across the world,” said Dr. Edward Straub, executive director of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium. “Volkswagen is known for manufacturing safe and reliable vehicles. Now as an AVSC member, it is continuing its commitment to making our roads safer with reliable AV technology.”

By joining the consortium, Volkswagen Group of America will have a hand in providing expertise to the team by sharing collective learning and perspectives of the entire Volkswagen group including Audi AG, VW AG, Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) GmbH, MOIA (mobility service subsidiary), as well as other divisions to provide helpful insight towards the objectives of the consortium.

“It’s important that the industry work together in the development of standards and best practices for automated driving,” said Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner, chief engineering officer for Volkswagen’s North American Region. “That process begins with safe and efficient testing criteria and we’re excited to begin work with the AVSC to ensure those are defined and adopted across the board.”

Volkswagen Group of America intends to be deeply involved in North American and European AV testing and validation. In July, the auto group invested $2.6 billion in capital and assets into Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle startup, including contributing its Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID) GmbH company to be part of Argo AI and become its European headquarters.

In addition to Volkswagen Group of America, the growing consortium also includes SAE International, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Uber ATG, Daimler and Honda. Consortium members are working on the development of a series of safety principles for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated driving systems focusing on testing before and during operation of AVs on public roads; data collection, protection and sharing; and interactions between AVs and other road users.

The AVSC recently published its first written best practice for In-Vehicle Fallback Test Driver (IFTD) (safety operator) selection, training and oversight procedures.

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About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va. The company has 8,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of 1,000 dealers.

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