Volkswagen America establishes new lab for ADAS research

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) and Stanford University’s School of Engineering have unveiled the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL).

The Volkswagen Group has donated $5.75 million to the creation of VAIL, including $2 million for building construction and another $750,000 a year for five years to fund research and teaching activities where Stanford researchers and international visiting scholars will work with automotive equipment manufacturers and Silicon Valley experts.

This continued collaboration builds on Stanford and VWGoA’s already successful partnership, including the development of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge winner. Stanley, an autonomous driving Touareg, is now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Stanley was followed in 2007 with an autonomous driving Passat wagon, Junior, that was runner up in the DARPA Urban Challenge.

Watch video of VAIL’s latest research – a self-driving Audi TT.

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