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A self-driving prototype of VW's I.D. Buzz will become a public-transit option in Doha, the capital of Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This is huge because it'll be the first time we see the BUZZ in action and it will be on the world stage at the World Cup.

From Car and Driver:

The pilot will feature I.D. Buzz vans as well as buses from Scania—one of four VW brands collaborating on the project. There will be 35 buses, with each I.D. Buzz expected to accommodate four passengers, while 10 Scania buses will handle larger groups. The other VW brands working on the project include Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Moia (a ride-sharing company), and Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID), the latter two of which will work on the software for the endeavor.

The shuttle vehicles will start closed testing next year using I.D. Buzz prototypes, since the electric-powered van won't go into production until 2022, then trial runs will begin in 2021. The all-electric self-driving transporters are expected to start operating in 2022, the same year that the World Cup is coming to Qatar, and the vehicles will run on semi-fixed routes in the Westbay area of Doha, an area along the water just north of the city center.

Volkswagen has announced that it will be spending $66 billion over the next five years on electrification and new digital technology. The auto manufacturer plans to introduce 75 electric vehicles across its brands by 2029, kicking that off with a lineup under the ID name, the first of which is the ID.3 hatchback. The ID.3 won't be sold in the U.S. but will reach European markets starting next year. An electric crossover, the I.D. Crozz, will be sold in the U.S. starting next year. And last month at the Los Angeles auto show, VW unveiled the I.D. Space Vizzion concept, which is planned to reach the U.S. in 2022, the same year the I.D. Buzz should reach our shores.
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