German Automaker Volkswagen said Friday it would integrate more technology into the next generation of its top-selling Golf model, bringing so-called “connected driving” deeper into the mainstream. Slated for release in 2019, the updated cars will be constantly connected to the internet, with greater self-driving capabilities and “more software than ever before on board.
VW will spend 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion) developing the new Golf, and plans to build it at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, the largest car factory in Europe. The company also stated on January 17, 2018 that it sold a record number of vehicles in 2017, putting it on track to hold on to the title of world’s largest car maker two years after its “diesel-gate” emissions scandal.
The next generation of the Golf is the most strategically significant launch for the Volkswagen brand…
– Ralf Brandstaetter, Board Memeber, Volkswagen.
Existing Golf models have a range of driver assistance features, including parking aids, staying in lane and maintaining safe distance in traffic jams and emergency braking. But these features remain far removed from visions of completely hands-free self-driving car dangled by industry executives.