13 May 2016

VW TAKES STAKE IN GERMAN RESEARCH CENTER FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

Volkswagen is taking a stake in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the world’s largest non-profit scientific institution specializing in artificial intelligence (AI). By acquiring participating in DFKI, the Volkswagen Group is reinforcing its research activities in the field of future-oriented digital technologies.

Volkswagen and DFKI have cooperated on projects with and without public support for many years. The results of this cooperation include, as one example, the prototype of a smart car seat that can detect driver fatigue. By acquiring a share in DFKI, Volkswagen has intensified the existing cooperation. Volkswagen will appoint a member to the DFKI Supervisory Board and play an active role in shaping the Center's technology and research roadmap. This will accelerate the transfer of innovations from high-level research to society and industry.

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence is a leading research institute in the field of artificial intelligence. In terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds (€42.5 million in 2015), it is the largest research center in the world in this field. More than 750 employees from over 60 countries are currently working on new software solutions, especially in the fields of machine learning, autonomous systems, robotics, data analysis, virtual reality and intelligent factory systems.

In October 2015, Google Deutschland acquired a share in DFKI—making it the only research company in Europe to have Google's participation as an industry partner through a capital investment and a seat on the supervisory board.



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