VW to Share Autonomous-Car Know-How

Bill Hampton

Volkswagen AG says it is willing to share future technologies for Level 4 and 5 self-driving vehicles with other carmakers to defray development costs.

Alexander Hitzinger, who heads the group’s autonomous driving initiatives, tells Bloomberg News that sharing also would help VW catch up with rivals such as Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo robo-car unit.

Hitzinger returned to VW after a stint with Apple Inc., which is believed to be developing software to guide autonomous vehicles. Before moving to the tech giant, he organized a development team at VW’s Porsche unit, whose 919 hybrid race car won the Le Mans racing championship in 2015 and 2016.

Last month Hitzinger was named to head Volkswagen Autonomy GmbH. The new subsidiary was set up to organize the carmaker’s work on autonomous vehicles and prepare it to launch a large-scale commercial application by about 2025.