Audi has undoubtedly been the most aggressive brand, of all the luxury car brands present in the market, when it comes to putting the semi-autonomous technology into the production cars of the company. For example, the A8 sedan model of the company is not able to be sold in the United States, owing to the partially automated features of the same. And now, the German auto-making giant is also providing a sneak peek to build the cars which will be fully driverless, along with one the partners which will play an important role in launching the cars on the road, by the year 2021.
The company, which is actually owned by one of the biggest players in the market, the Volkswagen Group, recently announced that it is planning to spend as much as $16 billion, which would be spent majorly on the electric mobility as well as the self-driving technology, through the year 2023. Most of the work that is related to the aforementioned programs will be taking place at the AID, which is the Autonomous Intelligence Driving, a subsidiary owned by Audi itself. The group was founded not long ago, and it has strength of nearly 150 employees currently.
The group is said to be headquartered in Munich, where it also has a dozen of autonomous test vehicles that are operating on the public roads. Most of these vehicles that operate on the roads are actually VW Golf hatchbacks. The Audi division, just like most of the divisions, uses the deep learning-based approaches, when it comes to processing the sensing data that is picked up by the sensors such as camera pixels, radar echoes, or LIDAR point clouds. Recently, Waymo, which is the self-driving division of the company Alphabet, launched a robot taxi service outside Phoenix, which is completely commercial.