Auto IQ weekly news update, including Ford, Argo AI, VW, JAC, Beam, Voi and BlaBlaCar

On Automotive IQ this week, we rounded up our Top Five lessons learned from Autonomous Vehicles Online.

From new innovations from Volvo Cars to trucking autonomy with Daimler and lots more in between, here are five of our top picks from the event, complete with links so you can rewatch the sessions on demand whenever you like.

In case you missed the event, you can sign up to watch every session on the event website completely free, simply by heading to Autonomous Vehicles Online.

We’re also looking forward to our next totally free event – Automotive Safety and Security Online – which takes place on June 30 and July 1. With top speakers already confirmed from NVIDIA, Intel and Continental, it’s sure to be worth a watch, and all the details are below.

In the meantime, here’s a few stories that caught our eye this week:

Ford and VW seal Argo AI deal

Despite setbacks caused by COVID-19 right across the globe, on June 1, VW finalized its previously announced investment in Argo AI. VW agreed to join Ford as part of a big-dollar collaboration in autonomous technology for the US and European markets last July. 

Now that the deal has been realised, the two firms will work towards a shared goal that splits into three. It is hoped that the deal will help share the $4bn costs, boost the scale of autonomy and increase data collection across both VW and Ford brands that will use Argo AI’s tech. 

It also signifies a continued deepening of ties between Ford and VW. Both firms recently reaffirmed their commitments to working together on a number of projects. In addition to Argo AI, Ford will use VW’s MEB EV toolkit for a European market SUV; Ford will develop a one-tonne pick-up that VW Commercial Vehicles will reskin; while a delivery van developed by the latter will be adapted by the former. The powertrain has not yet been announced. Interesting times…

VW deepens EV investment in China

On the topic of Volkswagen, the German firm has…

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