Not only is developing self-driving car technology incredibly difficult, but it’s also expensive. That has led many car companies to partner up with smaller, self-driving car-specific startups. Ford and Argo or Honda and Cruise, for example. But, according to a report published Tuesday by Automotive News Europe, not the Volkswagen group.
Instead, the parent company of VW, Audi and Porsche will take the majority of its development in-house, and it’s got Alphabet’s self-driving company Waymo in its sights. This is a big deal because it means that not only will VW have full control over its product development, it will also be able to license the tech to other companies.