Autonomous driving developed at Munich Airport innovation centre

Tech firm Argo AI will be using the LabCampus innovation centre at Munich Airport to test its autonomous driving vehicles, it has announced.

The company, which is based in Pittsburgh, USA, has partnerships with Ford and the VW Group, with the latter investing $2.6bn in the firm since 2016.

Munich, which is the European headquarters of the firm, will now see the company build a test track at the airport and lease space at the first LabCampus office building in 2022.

The autonomously driven vehicles are to be tested under realistic conditions in various traffic situations on the test track, which will be built near the aircraft maintenance hangars.

Speaking about the move, chief executive officer of Munich Airport, Jost Lammers said: “This deal illustrates the vast potential of the LabCampus as a think tank and test laboratory for forward-looking mobility concepts. Argo AI’s commitment is therefore an important signal to all other firms that can benefit from the vast opportunities of this innovation center.

Dr. Marc Wagener, managing director of LabCampus GmbH, said: “By providing this testing ground at Munich Airport for major players in key industries, we are boosting Bavaria’s appeal and competitiveness as a high-tech location.”

  • image courtesy of Argo AI

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