The German carmaker Volkswagen is positive about the implementation of the plan to create a test drive for autonomous driving on a Greek island. VW has already conducted the study, examining various scenarios regarding the size of the island where the tests will be performed on the autonomous driving systems of the German car industry. However, according to information, he is said to prefer the solution of a small island.
The Greek government is considering the criteria on the basis of which the choice will be made.
As it became known in February, the German car industry is in an advanced stage of discussions and is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with the Greek government, with the aim of creating a telematics infrastructure with state-of-the-art technology to create a smart island that can support autonomous electric vehicle testing. that is, cars without a driver.
In fact, at that time a group of Volkswagen experts had visited Thassos, accompanied by the Deputy Minister for Economic Diplomacy, K. Frangogiannis. However, one of the conditions for the investment of the automotive industry in Greece to be possible is the establishment of a new institutional framework that will allow the circulation of autonomous vehicles of level 5, ie without a driver, as currently valid only in some US states.
If the green light is finally given and German investment goes ahead, the Greek government will provide the necessary infrastructure for road networks, telecommunications and energy in order for Greece to become a hub for Volkswagen's wider activity in the region of Southeast Europe, as has happened. with similar research programs in other countries.
Volkswagen is the second largest automaker in the world and its portfolio includes well-known car brands such as Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Ducati, Seat, Scania and Man. In 2019, the company had sales of 10.93 million vehicles with the value of passenger car sales reaching 88.4 billion euros.