An Electric VW Bus Could Be Volkswagen’s First Self-Driving Car

The world of autonomous vehicles is constantly shifting, so we won’t be offended if you didn’t know, for example, that Volkswagen has been working on self-driving cars in partnership with Ford and Argo AI. Indeed, VW has just announced plans to have its first autonomous vehicle operating on the road by 2025 — and that first vehicle is going to be a variant of the ID. Buzz, VW’s upcoming electric van that pays homage to the classic VW Bus and will debut next year.

The self-driving Buzzes will be used by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, with the plan being to use them for ride-hailing and/or carpooling services starting in select cities. So picture a taxi service operating within a bounded geographic area — or, if that proves too complex to start with, you could have a fleet of VWs constantly looping around like buses following prescribed routes.