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Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess expects to see fully self-driving cars on public roads anywhere between 2025 and 2030.

According to Reuters, Diess recently told Wirtschaftswoche that improvements in computer chips and advancements in the area of artificial intelligence are speeding up the development of autonomous driving technologies.

“It is foreseeable that the systems will soon be able to master even the complex situations of autonomous driving,” he stated.

Read Also: VW Group Investing 73 Billion Euros In Future Tech Such As E-Mobility And Digitalization

Diess took over VW in 2015, arriving from BMW in the wake of the former’s diesel scandal. VW will be investing a massive 73 billion euros ($87 billion) into future electric and connected technologies.

This investment also includes building up the group’s new Car.Software organization, whose goal is to create a proprietary software stack, which then Audi’s Artemis project will embed into advanced, self-driving vehicles.

According to Diess, VW is now a global leader in terms of its electric platforms and broad range of EVs, and in the coming years it will aim to reach “a leading position in car software in order to meet people’s needs for individual, sustainable and fully connected mobility in the future. To that end, we have doubled our digitalization spend.”

Within the next 10 years, VW believes it will produce some 26 million fully electric vehicles for Europe, China and the United States, 19 million of which will be based on the MEB architecture, and the other 7 million on the high-performance PPE platform.


OKCU Individual Automotive Concepts have just unveiled their latest Mercedes-Benz V-Class project that’s dubbed the ‘Artisan Edition.’

In creating this bespoke V-Class, the tuner started out by stripping back the standard interior and installing a new Bang & Olufsen sound system complete with Apple Airplay streaming and wireless phone charging.

Next, OKCU has adorned the seats with “Rolls-Royce quality” leather that, in these press photos at least, certainly looks rather plush. Complementing the white leather is dark blue piping and dark blue seatbelts, while sitting in between both rows of seats are large consoles that house the various seat adjustment switches. One of these consoles houses a small iPad and another a small espresso pod machine to make the perfect coffee while on the go. Also found within one of the consoles is a special cigar holder made from wood.

Read Also: OKCU’s Mercedes V-Class Signature Edition Is A Real S-Class Rival

A plethora of other interior components are made from high-quality wood, including the scuff plates and areas along the doors. Further adding to the luxurious feel of this customized Mercedes-Benz V-Class are various control switches, including the Bang & Olufsen audio controller, finished in 24 carat rose gold trim, as well as a Rolls-Royce-inspired starlight headliner.

OKCU says all key interior operations can be controlled through the iPad of through voice commands. This includes the partition wall screen divider, side tables, leg rests, seat massage functions, and more. Other key features include a mini bar, champagne cooler, and a large TV screen.

Rounding out the modifications made by OKCU are custom front and rear bumpers.

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The new Ford Kuga is equipped with a clever Disconnect feature that uses artificial intelligence to switch off the crossover’s all-wheel drive system in favorable driving conditions, thus boosting fuel efficiency.

If your Kuga or Kuga Hybrid is in need of extra grip, the system will re-engage faster than the blink of an eye. According to Ford, AWD disconnect could deliver a fuel saving of roughly 6.5 per cent simply by switching to FWD when appropriate.

“All-wheel drive isn’t just for heading off-road – the extra traction can make journeys smoother, safer and less stressful for drivers, particularly in wintry conditions,” said Kuga chief program engineer Glen Goold. “We designed our new Kuga Hybrid to help drivers save on fuel costs, and the artificial intelligence of AWD disconnect means they can do exactly that while still getting all the benefits of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.”

Read: Ford Europe Launches Kuga Hybrid With 187 HP And Up To 620 Miles Of Driving Range

The Kuga’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system uses information from sensors to continually monitor which wheels have the best traction. Power is then distributed between the front and rear wheels, with adjustments taking less than 20 milliseconds. If the front wheels are left without any traction, the system can even send 100% of power to the rear wheels.

All these decisions are made using a dedicated electronic brain and a fuzzy logic algorithm, which is able to determine whether power to the rear wheels can be disconnected completely.

“Fuzzy logic refers to the algorithm, which can take into account all sorts of variables before making a decision, just as you or I might do when deciding what to wear based on the weather forecast, the time of year, looking outside and where we’re going,”said Scott Beiring, Ford’s driveline applications supervisor.

“For Kuga, that means Intelligent All-Wheel Drive won’t engage just because the windscreen wipers are on. The algorithm takes into account information from a number of sensors before deciding whether or not to engage, but does so much faster than any human could.”