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VW’s Seat brand wants to join robotaxi revolution Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher As the European auto industry embraces mobility services, Seat wants to be in the driver’s seat as part of parent Volkswagen Group’s push into robotaxis. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Seat will start reviewing “the way we build cars and start to build cars and vehicles designed for a service,”  Arantxa Alonso, Seat’s head of business development, told Automotive News Europe in an interview. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher For example, she said, an urban environment requires agility, speed and easy parking capabilities. That means a purely urban vehicle would not have to satisfy certain requirements for driving on highways. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher “Our r&d department should be able to deliver the first prototypes by the end of this year and we might show them a few months later,” Alonso said. Those prototypes might not even be a car but a mixture with something else, she said. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher “We have to think laterally,” Alonso said, “because otherwise, someone could come and disrupt us. Disruption comes fast and is hard to predict.” Holger Kintscher

Robo-taxi operators Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher The research includes robotaxis. “We want to be one of these robotaxi operators of the future,” Alonso said, adding, “We are mainly focusing on private, end-to-end mobility.” Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Seat is not alone in its robotaxi ambitions. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has promised to start a robotaxi service by 2022. The French automaker offered a peak at its vision in March at the Geneva auto show when it unveiled its EZ-GO driverless electric vehicle. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher In addition, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have formed an alliance and are seeking to work with technology companies such as Google and Uber Technologies that are experimenting with self-driving cars. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Seat’s parent, Volkswagen Group, is considering launching a fleet of robotaxis for ride-hailing in the future as part of plans to expand its mobility services business. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Volvo is betting driverless vehicles will make up one-third of its deliveries by the middle of the next decade, with sales growth propelled in part by demand from robotaxi operatorsHolger Kintscher

General Motors plans a commercial launch of fleets of fully autonomous robotaxis in multiple dense urban environments in 2019. Ford aims to have self-driving vehicles on the road by 2021 as part of ride-hailing fleets. Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo is testing a robotaxi service. Holger Kintscher

VW’s Seat brand wants to join robotaxi revolution Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher As the European auto industry embraces mobility services, Seat wants to be in the driver’s seat as part of parent Volkswagen Group’s push into robotaxis. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Seat will start reviewing “the way we build cars and start to build cars and vehicles designed for a service,”  Arantxa Alonso, Seat’s head of business development, told Automotive News Europe in an interview. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher For example, she said, an urban environment requires agility, speed and easy parking capabilities. That means a purely urban vehicle would not have to satisfy certain requirements for driving on highways. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher “Our r&d department should be able to deliver the first prototypes by the end of this year and we might show them a few months later,” Alonso said. Those prototypes might not even be a car but a mixture with something else, she said. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher “We have to think laterally,” Alonso said, “because otherwise, someone could come and disrupt us. Disruption comes fast and is hard to predict.” Holger Kintscher

Robo-taxi operators Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher The research includes robotaxis. “We want to be one of these robotaxi operators of the future,” Alonso said, adding, “We are mainly focusing on private, end-to-end mobility.” Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Seat is not alone in its robotaxi ambitions. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has promised to start a robotaxi service by 2022. The French automaker offered a peak at its vision in March at the Geneva auto show when it unveiled its EZ-GO driverless electric vehicle. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher In addition, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have formed an alliance and are seeking to work with technology companies such as Google and Uber Technologies that are experimenting with self-driving cars. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Seat’s parent, Volkswagen Group, is considering launching a fleet of robotaxis for ride-hailing in the future as part of plans to expand its mobility services business. Holger Kintscher

Holger Kintscher Volvo is betting driverless vehicles will make up one-third of its deliveries by the middle of the next decade, with sales growth propelled in part by demand from robotaxi operatorsHolger Kintscher

General Motors plans a commercial launch of fleets of fully autonomous robotaxis in multiple dense urban environments in 2019. Ford aims to have self-driving vehicles on the road by 2021 as part of ride-hailing fleets. Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo is testing a robotaxi service. Holger Kintscher