Volkswagen, the Wolfsburg-headquartered German carmaker that had sold off the highest number of passenger vehicles in 2018 and 2019 despite an ongoing demand-crunch, was brewing off an option to offer self-driving technology on a pay-per-use basis, one of the automotive industry giant’s board members had said in an interview with a German newspaper Die Welt.
On top of that, narrating what could be contemplated as a new cohort in autonomous driving that could make self-driving technology available to everyone, Klaus Zellmer, Volkswagen brand’s chief of sales, marketing and after-sales, said in an interview with Die Welt, “Regarding autonomous driving we can imagine to offer it on an hourly basis.
We assume a price of around seven euros per hour. So, if you do not want to drive yourself for three hours you can pay 21 euros to get it done”.
Volkswagen mulls pay-per-use autonomous driving
In point of fact, latest remarks from Zellmer, a Volkswagen brand board member, that underscored a self-driving technology on a pay-per-use basis starting from €7 per hour, came against the backdrop of a fiercely competitive landscape in R&D of autonomous driving technology, as a swathe of major carmakers ranging from General Motors to Google's Wyamo appeared to have underpinned their bids on a Gen-Z cloud-based tech that would interconnect vehicles, almost entirely identical to present-day smartphone networks.
Meanwhile, as the Wolfsburg-based German automotive behemoth was looking to offer a pay-per-use autonomic driving service for its ID electric vehicles as early as by the second quarter of 2022, another board member of Volkswagen board, Thomas Ulbrich was quoted as saying in local media outlets, “We are planning offers such as mileage or performance enhancements for electric vehicles, which can be booked. We are already coordinating this with regulators”.