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Shift. The Volkswagen Sustainability Magazine


Sustainability Report 2016


European Research Project L3Pilot on automated driving is launched in Wolfsburg

A broadly based European research consortium under the management of the Volkswagen Group is analysing the opportunities for using technologies to facilitate mobility in the future with the aim of achieving a breakthrough in the area of automated driving. The research project L3Pilot launched recentluy its four-year development activities in Wolfsburg.

A four-year research initiative was launched with the project L3Pilot. The focus of research is automated driving on roads in Europe. Under the leadership of the Volkswagen Group, 13 European automobile manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes and universities, and small and mid-sized companies will operate 100 vehicles with 1000 drivers in the public transport system in order to test automated drive systems in conformity with Level 3 and Level 4 under real conditions and in a wide range of applications. The technologies being tested include a broad spectrum – from parking and overtaking to driving in complex city traffic. Overall, the project will collect data in eleven European countries for assessing technical aspects, user acceptance, driving and travel behaviour, and the impact of these systems on traffic and society. The broad spectrum of driving situations means that L3Pilot is the first project worldwide to implement and test such comprehensive functions of automated driving in practice.

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Dialogue-centred and self-critical: Volkswagen Group's sustainability magazine Shift wins international awards

'Shift. The Volkswagen Sustainability Magazine' is receiving broad acclaim within the communications sector and has been honoured with prestigious communication and design awards. The fundamental idea behind the Group's newly created magazine is a frank, self-critical and dialogue-centred approach to communication with external experts and representatives of interest groups. Shift thus symbolises the new beginning in the Volkswagen Group's sustainability management and stakeholder communication in the wake of the diesel crisis.


Volkswagen Group receives all approvals from German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) for modifications of TDI engines

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Matthias Müller appointed CEO of the Volkswagen Group

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Annual report

Shift. The Volkswagen Sustainability Magazine


Sustainability Report 2016


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