VW praises Ford autonomous tech as partnership talks continue

FILE PHOTO: The President and CEO of Ford Motor Company Jim Hackett, poses with the Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, USA, 14 January 2019. REUTERS/Ben Klayman/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) – Volkswagen on Wednesday praised the cooperation with Ford and has tried to emphasize his rival, the autonomous vehicle technology, as both carmakers to explore, to deepen their partnership with a view to self-driving cars.

The VW and Ford have agreed to develop a range of commercial vehicles together and researched work together in the field of electric cars. VW, however, has so far resisted agreeing to invest in Ford’s autonomous vehicle unit.

“We are very pleased to join forces on light commercial vehicles and we will investigate this further,” Volkswagen’s Chief Executive Herbert Diess said on Wednesday.

“Ford is one of the pioneers of autonomous, that is the reason why we speak of Ford.”

Reporting by Nadine Schimroszik; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Michelle Martin

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